This list will help prepare the property for filming.  Though not required, it will help your property stand out:


  • Move vehicles from driveway and away from the front of home.

  • Place trash barrels, and anything that is not attached to the home, in the Garage or out of sight.

  • Cut grass, and remove all weeds from cracks in concrete.

  • Clean windows and mirrors.

  • Remove the yard sign.

  • When possible, water the grass 4-5 hours prior to shooting- Even a brown lawn will look better.

Dining Room

  • Straighten/push in dining chairs

  • Add centerpiece, candles

  • Set the table for dinner

  • Add a vase of flowers

  • Add a bottle of wine, glasses


  • Toilet lids should be down.

  • Clear the Counter-top from absolutely every item considered to be personal.

  • Remove cleaning brushes and trashcans.

  • Close Shower Curtains. If custom tiled bath, showcase with shower curtain half-open.

  • Remove Toilet Paper from Holder, or use a full roll. No partial Rolls please.


  • Remove any Calendars. – Calendars make a listing dated if it goes over 30 days.

  • Clear all counter tops. – No sponges, soap, knives or cutting boards.

  • Clear sink of dishes and put away draining rack.

  • Okay to leave 1-2 small appliances for size perception.

  • Clear the Refrigerator completely. – No magnets, pictures, lists, etc…

  • Clean shiny appliances very well – Dirty appliances will look smudged with flash cameras.

  • Remove Trashcan from Kitchen.


  • Open all drapes and blinds on windows with a good view.

  • Remove all visible clutter.

  • Turn all ceiling fans OFF.

  • Turn all inside lights ON. (THIS IS A MUST)

  • Turn all Televisions OFF, and clean them very well.

  • Make Beds and Close Closets.

  • Open doors between rooms to give an open feeling when possible.

  • Remove ALL evidence of pets.

  • Remove rugs from floors, especially from tile or wood floors.

  • Conceal Cords! Unplug them from the wall if needed. (Except lights)

  • Replace any burnt out light bulbs.


There are many other items to consider when preparing a home for Real Estate Photography, however by just following the above guidelines, your listing should stand out from the crowd. You only get one chance to make a first impression.​

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