Here is a list of staging tips designed to help you get the most out of your photo shoot. Treat it as an open house and take care of the points that apply to you as best you can - we'll take care of the rest!


Exterior

  • Have all vehicles, motorcycles and rolling basketball hoops out of the driveway before the photographer arrives 
  • Have the lawn mowed, leaves removed from the lawn, and the sprinklers turned off 
  • Complete any power washing well before the photographer arrives
  • Avoid using the hose on concrete or patios within 2 hours of your appointment (the wet ground will show)
  • Have all hoses, lawn equipment, and yard toys put away or organized 
  • Put the cushions out on the lawn furniture, straighten chairs around the table, open all umbrellas and remove the BBQ cover
  • Skim the pool and remove all hoses and skimmer poles from view 
  • Remove any items that may be leaning on the home, on the deck, or on the patio (i.e. brooms, rakes, coolers, etc.)
  • Close all windows so they are all uniform
  • Make sure all pets are inside while the photographer is shooting the yard and all pets are outside or away while the inside is being done

Interior

  • Turn all lights on and replace any and all light bulbs that may be out or too dim
  • Remove any clutter in the home, incl. cardboard boxes, storage bins, and moving boxes if possible
  • Straighten up any room that you would like to be photographed before the photographer arrives
  • Hide litter boxes and/or dog crates
  • Straighten sofa cushions and pillows, and fold blankets 
  • Turn off the TV and put remote controls out of view
  • Open all window blinds and shades and try to make them look uniform around the room
  • Clear off the kitchen counter tops as much as possible
  • Remove any kitchen utensils, pots, pans, plates, paper towels, sponges, soap dispensers, mail, and other removable appliances such as toaster ovens, mixers, etc.
  • Remove items from the front and top of the refrigerator 
  • Remove towels and potholders from the stove and empty out the sink. 
  • In large dining rooms, put the leaf in the table and put the chairs around the table 
  • In small dining rooms, remove the leaf to make the room feel larger 
  • Make all beds and organize bedrooms as much as possible 
  • Remove any jewelry, jewelry boxes, or expensive items from view 
  • Put all clothes, shoes, and extra items out of view 
  • Anything that is under the bed should be pushed in far enough so it can’t be seen from the doorway 
  • Open shades and remove any posters and/or photos that you don’t want displayed in the photos we take 
  • Put toilet seats down and remove wastebaskets, toilet brushes, plungers and magazines 
  • Remove soap dishes, soap dispensers, shampoo bottles, lotion bottles, tissue boxes, and wash linens unless they are decorative
  • If the basement is to be photographed, please straighten it up as much as possible based on the tips above