Have a read through these tips before our photographer comes over:

GENERAL – TIPS FOR ALL AREAS OF THE HOME

  • Check all light fixtures for burnt out bulbs and replace if needed (very important).
  • Turn on all over headlights and lamp including the light over the stove and under counter lighting.
  • Turn ceiling fans off, but leave the light on.
  • Turn off all TVs, and computer screens.
  • De-clutter rooms which may be excessively furnished. De-clutter display cabinets and book shelves. They do not photograph well.
  • Windows should be cleaned and free of excessive dust and streaks.
  • Open blinds/window treatments to let in outside light. We may change angle of blinds to direct light.

KITCHEN

  • Clear countertops completely. No knife blocks, cooking/ baking supplies, papers.
  • Exceptions to this would be a few décor items.
  • Clear outside of refrigerator of magnets, photos, children’s art, including any items on top of refrigerator.
  • Tuck garbage cans out of view in a cupboard, pantry or closet.
  • Remove any dish or decorative towels hanging on appliances.
  • Remove dishes from sink, soap and sponges.

LIVING/FAMILY ROOM

  • Remove stacks of newspapers, magazines, kid’s toys.  Baskets are helpful to store kid stuff in.
  • De-clutter fireplace mantel/hearth; leave only a few décor items.
  • Fluff and arrange furniture pillows.
  • Remove throws (blankets) or fold nicely and place on back of couch.
  • Clean interior of fireplace and repaint if needed.  If you have a wood burning fireplace, it makes a great photo by burning some wadded up newspapers just before the photo is taken. If you have gas fireplace we may want you to turn it on before we arrive.

BEDROOMS

  • Make sure all beds are made and bedrooms are tidy. Include decorative pillows/sham if available.
  • Clear nightstands of all personal items.
  • Store away phone/tablet charging cables.
  • Remove clutter from top of dressers.
  • If storage items are under the bed be sure they are not visible.

BATHROOMS

  • Clear countertops completely. No toothbrushes, personal items, or soaps. Leave only a few décor items. Rubbermaid containers hidden under the sink are a great way to store these items so they’re still available for day-to-day use.
  • Remove shampoo, soap, loofahs, etc. from showers and tubs.
  • Arrange towels in a neat and orderly fashion.
  • Be sure to lower the toilet lid.
  • Remove floor mats.

EXTERIOR

  • Make sure all vehicles are out of your driveway and away from the front of the property.
  • Close garage doors.
  • Clean up landscaping (mow, trim shrubs, clear leaves, remove empty planters).
  • When in season, flowers can add a great pop of color.
  • Sweep or blow off driveways, sidewalks, patios and decks so they look clean and inviting.
  • Shovel walk ways and driveways in winter
  • Tidy up outdoor table, chairs and cushions to highlight the outside living area.
  • Place garden hoses and outside trashcans in garage or shed.
  • Pools and hot tubs should be uncovered and freshly skimmed of leaves and debris.
  • Remove pool vacuum /cleaner hose.
  • Turn on fountains/water features.

REGARDING PETS

  • Please place all pets in a comfortable but contained area which will not be photographed.
  • Items belonging to pets should be removed (litter boxes, food, water bowls, toys, and bedding).