a comprehensive checklist and guidelines
The Home Exterior
Remove all vehicles from driveways 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.
If you have a pool, remove the pool sweep, pool cleaning equipment and any pool toys.  
Mow and rake yard.
Sweep driveways, sidewalks and patios.
General Guidelines
The photo-shoot should take no more than 2 hours. I will be photographing both 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.
De-clutter rooms which may be excessively furnished as they do not photograph well.
Throw rugs and runners in entryways, kitchens, and bathrooms should be removed. 
Replace any burned out light bulbs in fixtures and lamps.
The Living & Family Room
Remove piles of newspaper and magazines.
Hide all TV/Stereo remotes.
Conceal all exposed cables as best possible. 
Remove clutter, personal photos, etc. from bookshelves tables and cabinets. 
Tuck trash cans out of view in a closet or cupboard
The Kitchen
Clear off counter tops and remove any appliances, i.e. toasters, coffee pots, knife blocks.
Remove photos, notes and papers from the refrigerator.
Clean the major appliances – refrigerator, oven, range hood, and wipe down all countertops.
The 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.
The Bathrooms
Clear off the countertops – toothbrushes, savers, soap dishes, tissue and lotion dispensers, makeup mirrors, etc. should all be cleared away.
Remove shampoo and other products from the shower/tub area.
All toilet seats should be down and lid closed.
Mirrors should be clean.
The Final Touches
Secure pets in the garage or out of sight.
Turn on all interior lights.
Turn ceiling fans and televisions off.
The Bedrooms
Make all beds and tidy bedrooms. 
Clothes hung, or folded and put away.
Remove items from bedside tables – books, magazines, pictures, clock radios, etc.
Preparing Your Home For A Professional Photo Shoot
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