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Final Preparations for Listing Photos

You’ve worked hard to stage and prepare your home to list it! Here are some suggestions for picture-perfect staging preparations to make on the day of photography:

  • Put toilet seat lids down
  • Turn on all lights (ceiling, lamp, cabinet, etc.)
  • Turn off ceiling fans
  • Open all window curtains and blinds
  • Clear all counters (temporarily stash small appliances, soap bottles, etc.)
  • Hide vehicles (parked in the garage or down the street)
  • Hide large trash cans and bins in the garage or behind the house
  • Make the beds, fluff the sofa pillows, fold the blankets, etc.
  • Clear any debris from the driveway, porch or deck
  • Quickly vacuum any medium or high-pile carpet
  • Uncover outdoor furniture, barbeque grills, wood piles, etc. (no visible tarps/covers)
  • Remove tablecloths and dish towels

Temporarily hide or stash all clutter in closets, cabinets, or the garage:

  • Trash cans, hoses, watering cans, etc.
  • Pet/kid gear and toys, video games, etc.
  • Cleaning supplies (toilet scrubber, plunger, dish detergent bottles, etc.)
  • Toiletries, medicine, etc.
  • Floor mats/runners and bath mats (select rugs/runners ok if decorative).
  • Electrical cords and cables, remote controls, heaters and fans, etc.
  • Drying racks, scrubbers, fridge magnets, utensils or small countertop gadgets, etc.
  • Laundry hampers, shoes, coats, umbrellas, purses, etc.

Give yourself about 2 hours to complete all these final touches before the photographer arrives. Take a walk around the house and property to ensure everything looks neat and clean. After photography, you can bring some of these everyday items back out for normal use.