Pre-Photoshoot Checklist for Your Property

This checklist if only for photoshoots and virtual tours. Following this pre-shoot checklist will help ensure that your home is photographed quickly, efficiently, and with the best possible results.


  • Remove vehicles from driveway and away from the front of the home.
  • Place bins and anything that is not attached to the home out of site.
  • Cut grass and remove any unsightly weeds or vegetation.
  • Clean windows.
  • Organize deck furniture, uncover grill, open patio umbrella, etc.
  • Sweep the driveway if necessary.
  • Make sure garden is free of kid’s toys, evidence of pets, unnecessary clutter etc. 

Interior -General

  • Remove as much clutter as possible; especially personal belongings that are not included in the sale. Decluttered and tidy makes a bigger difference than “spotless”.
  • Put away unsightly door mats and remove area rugs that might be hiding nice flooring like hardwood or tile.
  • Remove all evidence of pets.
  • Open up blinds and remove any fixed window coverings that block natural light.
  • Turn off all TVs, computer screens.
  • Conceal power cords; unplug them if necessary
  • Put all shoes away.
  • Make sure there are no clothes in the machines or hanging around.
  • Make beds, straighten picture frames/artwork, organize pillows, etc.
  • Avoid hiding items under beds or furniture.
  • Remove any personal information that you wouldn’t want visible online, including photos. 

  • Clear all counter tops – A few small appliances, fruit bowls, plants etc. are ok, but avoid anything tall that might be distracting or block the view.
  • Clear the fridge completely – Remove all magnets, photos, lists, etc.
  • Clean appliances – Be sure to remove all fingerprints, smudges, etc.
  • Put bin away.
  • Make sure sink is clean and free of dishes.
  • Put away dish soap, cloths, etc.
  • Remove calendars as they can date a listing.
  • Straighten bar stools and table chairs. 

  • Put toilet lids down.
  • Clear counter of all personal belongings.
  • Clean mirrors.
  • Close shower curtains – If the shower is a selling feature, remove all bottles, razers, soap, etc. and leave curtain open.
  • Place a fresh roll of toilet paper on the holder.
  • Remove toilet brush and bin. 

Best Practices to Consider
  • Feel free to do a walkthrough with the photographer upon arrival but avoid following them around during the shoot.
  • If you have limited space, consider designating a secondary room for temporary storage ahead of time rather than trying to move items from room to room while the photographer is on site.
  • Our photographers are not insured to move items.
  • Make sure pets are out of the home.
  • Photographers will not be staging your home so please make arrangements prior to the shoot.
  • Don’t rush your photographer – Great images are critical when marketing a home for sale, so it is in your best interest to be patient and let your photographer do their thing.