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General Guidelines

The photo-shoot should take no more than two hours. Your photographer will be photographing the inside and outside of your home including all major rooms. You can have a direct impact on how well your home will look in the photos by following these guidelines.

Throughout Home

  • De-clutter rooms which may be excessively furnished as they do not photograph well.
  • Throw rugs and runners in entryways, kitchen, and bathrooms should be removed.
  • Replace any burned out light bulbs in fixtures and lamps.

The Home Exterior

  • Remove all vehicles from driveway(s) and do not park directly in front of the house.
  • Move garbage cans out of sight.
  • Remove all garden tools including hoses and sprinklers.
  • Remove all children’s toys, bikes, etc. from the yard or driveway.
  • If you have a pool, remove the pool sweep, cleaning equipment and any pool toys.
  • Mow and rake yard.
  • Sweep driveway, sidewalks and patios.

The Living & Family Room

  • Remove piles of newspaper and magazines.
  • Hide all TV/stereo remote controls.
  • Conceal all exposed cables as best as possible.
  • Remove clutter and personal photos from bookshelves, tables and cabinets.

Kitchen

  • Clear off countertops and remove any small appliances and clutter (i.e.: toaster, coffee pot, knife block).
  • Remove photos, notes and papers from the refrigerator.
  • Clean the major appliances (refrigerator, oven, range hood) and wipe down countertops.
  • Move trash cans out of view to a closet or cupboard.

Dining Room

  • Set the table with your best China and dinnerware.
  • Add a colorful centerpiece such as candles or flowers.
  • Conceal any exposed electrical cords.

Bedrooms

  • Make all beds and tidy bedrooms.
  • Clothes should be hung, folded and put away.
  • Remove items from bedside tables ~ books, magazines, pictures, clock radios, etc.

Bathrooms

  • Clear all personal items off countertops (i.e.: toothbrushes, soap dishes, tissue, lotion, makeup, etc.).
  • Remove shampoo and other products from the shower/tub area.
  • Close the lid on all toilet seats.
  • Clean mirrors.
  • Hang fresh linens.

Final Touches

  • Contain pets in the garage or out of sight.
  • Turn on all interior lights.
  • Turn ceiling fans and televisions off.