Property Tip Sheet

Photography is one of the most important parts of listing a house, and in most cases it will be the factor influencing a buyer to visit the home in person.  This first impression is critical which means a seller should make the proper preparations before the photo shoot.  For sellers wanting to make their best first impression, we know less is more.  Our advice is to de-clutter every room (closets, garages, and storage areas are generally not photographed so this is an excellent place to store all of your stuff). Put non-essential items in separate boxes and keep out of sight for as long as your house is on the market.


  • Move all of your cars out of sight
  • Close the garage doors
  • Remove any trash cans, tools, coil hoses, etc. from sight
  • Ensure children toys and pet toys are out of sight
  • Set out patio cushions; most patio umbrellas are best unopened
  • Uncover grills, pools, spas


  • Replace any burnt light bulbs; we take pictures with all of the lights on
  • Turn the ceiling fans off
  • Clean well and de-clutter
  • Put valuables and medicine out of sight
  • Open the window coverings; unless they are concealing a less than desirable view
  • Remove most, if not all of your personal photographs
  • Clear kitchen countertops of everything with an exception of 1-2 decorative items
  • Conceal garbage containers
  • Remove everything from every side of the fridge
  • Remove non-essential rugs (foyer, baths, kitchen, hallways)
  • Clear the bathroom countertops of all toiletries.  Leave only a decorative item or a floral arrangement.
  • Remove everything from the shower/bathtub
  • Remove all signs of pets (litter boxes, toys, etc.)
  • Remove any table coverings
  • Remove clutter from all ledges and mantels