General Areas

  • De-clutter as much as possible, especially excessively furnished rooms (Store excess in garage or basement, unless they're being photographed, too.) 
  • Replace all light bulbs with matching bulbs (warm preferred)
  • Remove all personal items (e.g. photos, diplomas, etc.)
  • Organize / Hide all power leads / cables
  • Move garbage cans out of sight
  • Remove piles of mail, newspaper and magazines
  • Clean all mirrors 
  • Clean all windows inside and out

Living Areas / Recreational Rooms

  • Turn off TV and put remotes away
  • Remove all toys, electric fans, and game consoles
  • Clean and organize exercise equipment
  • Arrange DVDs, games, and books neatly on shelves
  • Turn off and clean ceiling fan

Kitchen / Dining Areas

  • Clean and put away all dishes and cutlery
  • Remove all small appliances (e.g. electric can openers, small toasters, etc.)
  • Clean all back splashes, range hoods and large appliances and polish all stainless stainless steel surfaces 
  • Remove all detergents, dish clothes, dish rack, tea towels, drain plugs.
  • Ensure range hood lights are working
  • Remove all photos and magnets from the refrigerator
  • Remove bins and pet bowls
  • Minimize box and canister clutter on counter tops


  • Make all beds 
  • Remove toys, books, games, tissue boxes, etc.
  • Remove all personal items
  • Ensure bedside lamps are working
  • Remove posters / stickers from walls, if possible
  • Clear away all clothing

Bathrooms / Powder Rooms

  • Remove all soaps / shampoo / face washers / bath mats / toys / scales / bins
  • Remove all tooth brushes / tooth paste / razors / hair dryers
  • Make sure glass and mirrors are spotless
  • Remove all non-matching towels
  • Remove toilet cleaning utensils 
  • Put on a new roll of toilet paper 
  • Close all toilet lids

Outside Areas

  • Mow and rake the lawn and trim edges
  • Remove leaves, sticks, papers, etc.
  • Remove all gardening equipment (e.g. hoses, rakes, wheel barrows, etc.)
  • Sweep or preferably pressure clean driveway and paved areas
  • Remove weeds 
  • Remove washing and pins from clothes line
  • Remove all cars / boats / bikes / trailers
  • Remove all toys

Pool/Spa Areas

  • Ensure pool is clean
  • Remove all pool cleaners and poles
  • Remove all pool toys

Things To Do 60 Minutes Before the Shoot!

  • Set the table and / or place a decorative centerpiece (optional)
  • Place wine glasses and wine and / or place settings on outside table(s) (optional)
  • Open all blinds
  • Turn on all lights
  • Turn off ceiling fans
  • Turn off TV
  • Make sure pets and children are not in the spaces being photographed
  • Ensure vehicles can’t be seen on the street in front of the house or in the driveways 
  • Remove washing from clothes lines

IMPORTANT: If you have any paintings, sculptures, or other objet d'art that you don't wish to appear on the images, please let me know ahead of time so that I can plan to alter them digitally, or remove them from the shot while on site.