A Week Before the Shoot: 


  • Clean up the yard. You want to have the basic landscaping needs done as well as add additional touches to really give the home some curb appeal.

  • Weed flower beds, cut the grass and add fresh mulch or seasonal flowers.

  • The exterior of the house, driveways, patios, decks, walkways, and the front porch should be pressure washed.

  • Clean all windows and doors outside.

  • Also, clean any outdoor furniture or lawn décor.


  • Go through each room and clean up any of the clutter. You don’t want to have stacks of paper or items on shelves, tables or on the floors.

  • Check to make sure all the lights in the home are working.

  • Deep clean all the rooms. Clean the carpets, wipe down the walls, clean the windows and window seals, and scrub the floors and bathroom tiles.

  • Don’t forget to give all the light switches, doors, and cabinets a good cleaning as well.

On the Day of The Shoot:


  • You want to make sure the cars are not parked in the driveway or directly in front of the home.

  • Keep garbage cans, garden hoses, sprinklers, lawn mowers, and other garden or landscape tools out of sight.

  • All toys and other personal items should be removed from the yard or outdoor spaces.

  • Review the cushions on patio furniture.

  • Sweep the walkways, front porch, and patio to remove leaves and debris.


  • Open all curtains and/or turn the blinds horizontally in each room.

  • Sweep, vacuum, and mop all floor surfaces in the home.

  • Turn on all lights including lamps but keep ceiling fans off.

  • Try to keep any cables, wires or power cords hidden and out of sight.

  • If there is a pet, you want to clear away any toys, beds, or pet dishes.

  • Keep all televisions and computers off and hide the remote controls.

Kitchen and dining room

  • Wipe off the countertops and tables.

  • Remove any towels, sponges, dishes and soap dispensers from the counters, tables and sink and store them somewhere out of sight.

  • Take down any items you have hanging on the refrigerator like magnets, pictures or stickers.

  • Keep trash cans out of sight.

  • Consider placing fresh flowers or a fruit bowl on the countertop.

  • For the dining room table, set out a nice place setting or add a centerpiece.


  • Should be wiped down and all personal items removed from the sink and shower/tub area including soap dishes, shampoos, and toothbrushes.

  • Don’t leave out any kid toys, scales, dirty towels or other toiletries.

  • Remove trash cans from the room as well as clothing hampers.

  • Put the toilet lid down and replace the toilet paper roll.


  • Clear floors and make beds.

  • Tidy up the closets and put all clothes away.

  • Try to keep as many of your personal items off shelves, desks, and dressers.

Additionally, it’s best for pets to be off the property during the shoot.


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