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Photo Shoot Prep List

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Having the house prepped and photo-ready before we arrive for your real estate photography shoot will help us to capture photos that make a great first impression on future buyers. While these steps are not all required, they are highly recommended and greatly appreciated!


- Clean and vacuum the entire house

- Turn on all lights in the house

- Replace any missing or burned out light bulbs

- Turn off all ceiling fans

- Turn all TVs and computer screens off

- Open blinds/window treatments to let in as much light as possible

- Remove small area rugs to reveal the actual flooring

- Hide pet belongings in garage or closet (bowls, beds, cages, litter boxes, etc.)

- Please keep all pets in a kennel or offsite during your appointment



- Close garage doors

- Remove cars from driveway and front of house

- Remove visible water hoses, trash cans, and other miscellaneous items

- Sweep/remove leaves and other items in patio areas and walkways

- Clean pool


Place all shoes and jackets in closets

- Remove all mail and clutter from entryway tables


- Clear countertops completely. Remove small appliances like toasters & blenders

- Clear the refrigerator of magnets, photos, etc.

- Hide garbage cans in pantry or closet

- Remove dishes from sink



- Clear off table and remove clutter

- Straighten all chairs and space them evenly

- Remove high chairs/booster seats



- Remove kid toys

- Minimize clutter on surfaces like the mantel, side tables, and coffee table



- Make all beds

- Clear nightstand of all personal items (photos, toiletries, etc.)

- Store away phone/tablet charging cables

- Remove all clutter from top of dressers

- Check under beds and remove any items that may show in photos



- Clear countertops of all personal items (soap, toothbrushes, deodorant, etc.)

- Remove all personal items from showers and tubs (shampoo, razors, etc.)

- Remove bath mats

- Remove towels or replace with brand new, unused towels

- Hide trash cans in closet

- Put toilet seats down

For vacant houses, staging can make a huge difference in maximizing your home's appeal to future buyers. In Spokane, we recommend Affordable Home Staging.

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