Quick Tips

Why Prep For Professional Listing Photography and Videography?

Online is where buyers start, in fact 92 percent of home buyers use the Internet as part of their home search.  Listing photography and videography are a critical factor in the selling price of your home, how quickly it sells, and whether it sells at all.  First impressions count, follow these tips to prepare your home for the best real estate listing photographs and videography possible.


General Tips

  • Vacuum Carpet, Clean Countertops and Windows
  • Turn All Overhead Lights and Lamps On
  • Replace Any Burnt Out Light Bulbs
  • Turn All Ceiling Fans and TVs Off
  • Open Blinds/Window Treatments
  • Make All Beds
  • Remove Small Floor Rugs to Reveal Flooring
  • Place All Shoes/Jackets in Closets

Front Exterior

  • Close Garage Doors
  • Remove Cars from Driveway and Front of Home
  • Clean up Landscaping (Mow, Clear Leaves)
  • Remove Empty Planters
  • Use Broom to Remove Cobwebs from Eaves
  • Remove Visible Water Hoses
  • Remove Toys, Sports Balls, Etc.


Back Yard

  • Clean Porch, Tidy up Outdoor Tables, Chairs, Etc.
  • Clear Out Kid's Toys, Balls, Frisbees, Etc.
  • Remove City Trash Containers
  • Remove Visible Water Hoses


  • Clear Countertops Completely.  No Baking Supplies, Mail, Etc.
  • Leave Out Max of One Small Appliance
  • Clear Outside of Refrigerator of Magnets, Papers, Photos, Etc.
  • Hide Garbage Cans in Pantry or Closet
  • Remove Dishes from Sink, Place in Dishwasher


Dining Room

  • Clear Table, Dust and Polish Table Top
  • Use Decorative Place Setting if Available
  • Feature One Center Piece 
  • Straighten all Chairs and Space Them Evenly
  • Remove Child Seats/Booster Chairs


Living / Family Room

  • Remove Stacks of Magazines, Papers, Mail, etc.
  • De-clutter Fireplace Mantel (No More Than 5 Items, Including Art)
  • Clean Interior of Fireplace and Re-Paint if Needed
  • Fluff and Arrange Furniture Pillows
  • Remove Kid's Toys


Master Bedroom

  • Make Bed, Including Decorative Pillows/Shams
  • Press Bed Linens and Bed Skirts
  • Clear Nightstands of All Personal Items
  • Store Away Phone/Tablet Charging Cables
  • Remove all Clutter from Top of Dressers
  • Remove Family Photos from Walls
  • Clean Under Bed

Kid / Guest Bedroom

  • Remove Personalized Names From Walls
  • Remove Wall Stickers/Posters
  • Remove Diaper Genies
  • Clean Under Bed, Remove Items That May Show in the Photos



  • Clear Countertops Completely.  Remove Soap, Toothbrushes, Medications, Deodorant, Etc.
  • Put Toilet Seats Down
  • Close Closet Doors
  • Remove Shampoo, Soap, Loofahs, Etc. From Showers and Tubs
  • Remove Dirty Towels - Leave Out Only New, Unused Towels
  • Remove Floor Mats

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