Is Your Home Photo Ready? 

Tips for all areas in the home - Checklist

  • Thoroughly clean the whole house (vacuum carpet, mop hard floors, clean counter tops, clean windows)
  • Turn all overhead lights and lamps ON
  • Replace all burned out light bulbs
  • Use bulbs of the same temperature (ALL incandescent or ALL compact fluorescent)
  • Turn all TV's OFF
  • Turn all computer screen's OFF
  • Open blinds/drapes to let in outside light
  • Remove personal photographs (or replace with general landscape/object photographs)
  • Make ALL beds
  • Remove small floor rugs to reveal actual flooring.
  • Place all shoes/jackets in closets

Front Exterior

Online "Curb appeal" - the front exterior is usually the first photo buyers see

  • Close garage doors
  • Remove cars from driveway and from front of the home
  • Clean up landscaping (mow, trim shrubs, clear leaves)
  • Remove empty planters
  • Use broom to remove cobwebs from eaves and door frames
  • Remove visible water hoses
  • Remove toys, sports balls, basket goals, soccer goals, etc.

Front Door Exterior of a blue house with white trim

Back Yard

A row of houses blurred with a tree in focus

The back yard should be an oasis to relax

  • Clean porch, tidy up outdoor tables/chairs/cushions
  • Pillows/cushions should be fresh, not faded
  • Clear out kids toys, balls, Frisbee, etc.
  • Clean pool
  • Remove pool vacuum/ cleaner hose
  • Hide pool cleaning supplies
  • Turn on pool fountains/water features
  • Remove visible water hoses
  • Remove trash cans


 Sometimes the focal point, the kitchen deserves attention to detail

  • Clear counter tops completely, No knife blocks, baking supplies, mail etc.
  • Leave out max of one small appliance( (ex. Coffee Maker)
  • Clear outside of refrigerator of magnets, papers, photos etc.
  • Hide garbage cans in pantry or closet
  • Remove dishes from sink, place in dishwasher
Blue modern kitchen with natural light

Dining Room/Table

Allow buyers to imagine a nice family meal

  • Clear table, dust and polish the table top
  • Use decorative place setting if available
  • Feature one center piece such as a bouquet of flowers
  • Straighten all chairs and space them evenly
  • Remove child seats/booster chairs

Living/ Family Room

The space to enjoy conversation and spend quality time with family

  • Remove stacks of magazines, papers, mail etc.
  • De-clutter fireplace mantel/hearth (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

Light yellow with white trim master bedroom with a sconced ceiling

A good night's rest recharges the body and mind

  • Make bed, including decorative pillows/shams if available 
  • 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, removing items that may show in the photos

Kids/Guest Bedroom 

Don't forget about the guest bedrooms

  • Remove personalized names from walls
  • Remove wall stickers/posters
  • Clean under bed, removing items that may show in the photos
Clean blue modern baby room with a whale theme


To be spa - like, the bathroom must be clear of all personal items

  • Clear counter tops completely. No soap, toothbrushes, medications, deodorants, 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 in a neat manner
  • Remove floor mats
  • Clean bathroom counter tops, floors, etc.


Pets are loving but their presence should be minimized

  • Place food and water bowls in pantry or closet
  • Place pet beds/toys in pantry or closet
  • Use lint roller on furniture to remove pet hair
  • Contain pets in hidden crate or outside
  • Clear back yard of pet waster/toys