This is a quick guide for preparing a home for real estate photography. Please follow these tips before I arrive.

I know selling your home and moving can be really stressful, and my goal is to show your home in the best light while making the process as hassle-free as possible. A tidy home means a smooth photography experience and images that truly capture the beauty of your house and interior design. If there are any areas of the home that are particularly special to you, please let me know and I’ll be sure to emphasize them.

Please keep in mind that I will be bringing in light stands, tripods, and other camera equipment to show your home in the best light possible. Please keep pets and children away from this equipment at all times. Thank you.


  • Park your cars in the garage or down the street away from the front of the home.
  • Remove rolling basketball hoops from the driveway or the front of the home.
  • Mow the lawn. Rake up leaves. Sweep sidewalks. Turn off sprinklers. Or just have your gardener clean everything up.
  • Do not water your patio or any concrete or stucco on the outside of the home. If you do, I will have to either wait around for it to dry or use extra water to create a uniform look.
  • Put hoses, lawnmowers, garbage cans, gardening and cleaning equipment, and yard toys in the garage.
  • Straighten your yard furniture. Put the cushions on the chairs and remove your BBQ cover.
  • Close all of the windows.
  • Hide your pets, even if they are cute and friendly.
  • Clean your pool and remove the cleaning equipment from view. Or just have your pool guy do it.


  • Clean every room in the house.
  • Turn on all of the lights to make sure they all work. Replace any burned out or dim bulbs.
  • Open the window blinds and curtains to create a uniform look.
  • Pick up any clutter. If you have packing boxes around, please take them to the garage or hide them in closets.
  • Hide your pets, even if they are cute and friendly. Please hide dog crates and litter boxes too.


Living Room, Family Room, and Dining Room

  • Arrange sofa cushions so they are nice and straight. Fold blankets. Hide the remotes.
  • If your dining room is large, put the leaf in table and distribute the chairs accordingly.
  • If your dining room is small, remove any leaves from the table and distribute the chairs accordingly.


  • Clean the kitchen counters and cabinets. Hide utensils, cookware, paper towels, sponges, soap dispensers, etc. Counter space is your friend.
  • Remove everything from the front of, and clean, the outside of the refrigerator, stove, and dishwasher.
  • Empty out and clean the sink.


  • Put the toilet lids down. Hide plungers, brushes, and trash cans.
  • Hide soap dispensers, soap dishes, shower products, and reading materials.
  • Display only decorative towels or fancy linens.


  • Make the beds and clean up the rooms.
  • If you have jewelry boxes, watch boxes, or other expensive items, remove them from view.
  • Hide clothes, shoes, and other dressing items in the closets or under the bed (out of view).

Thank You For Your Cooperation!