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Hw Homeroom: Prepping Your Home for Photos

Updated: Aug 23, 2023

In the chaos of getting one’s home ready to sell, there’s usually an extensive list of things to keep in mind: more often than not, the process is as stressful as it is busy, and some of those necessary projects/tasks can easily be lost in the shuffle. As ever, we’re here to help in any way we can!

Having sold hundreds of homes on behalf of our wonderful clients, the Homeworks team is well-acquainted with all aspects of the process, from the moment the sign goes in the yard to the final signatures and official closing day. As such, we know that listing photos can be a huge component to getting your property sold, both in a timely manner and for the price it deserves. Professional photos are a must (this is a corner we NEVER cut at Homeworks), but it’s important that sellers prep the home both inside and out before the photographer knocks at the door.

For today’s Homeroom, we’ve compiled a little list of indoor and outdoor must-dos that will have your property looking it’s very best for picture day.

Inside Checklist:

  • De-clutter surfaces by removing any paperwork, remote controls, chargers, superfluous knick-knacks, or personal items wherever possible.

  • Remove most, if not all, kitchen or bathroom appliances, and clear the countertops of soap dispensers, sponges, or dish racks. Remove magnets/paperwork from the fridge.

  • Remove all toiletry items from showers and tubs (including shampoo, conditioner, soaps, razors, etc.), store/hide toilet brushes or plungers, and put the toilet seats down.

  • Make all the beds (ensuring that bedspreads are free of wrinkles, lumps, or stains), and remove any personal items from nightstands.

  • Remove any blankets from sofas/chairs and store temporarily inside a closet.

  • Unplug and hide unnecessary cords and cables, as well as unsightly items like garbage cans, laundry baskets, or unfinished projects.

  • Remove or put away pet items, including crates, blankets, beds, or toys.

  • Make sure all light fixtures have working light bulbs in every room.

  • Clean all areas of the home: vacuum all rugs/carpet, mop hard-surface floors, and dust all appliances and furniture throughout.

  • Open the drapes/curtains/blinds and clean all windows, both inside and out (note: leave all lights off, so photographer can take advantage of natural light through said clean windows).

Outside Checklist:

  • Sweep porches, patios, driveway, and sidewalks, and pick up/remove any unnecessary items, such as old furniture, trash cans, yard tools, hoses, or bikes/toys.

  • Mow any grassy areas, pull unsightly weeds, add fresh mulch to flower beds, and clean up after any pets.

  • Move any cars out of the driveway and park down the street (this will allow for the best possible images of the front of our property).

  • Uncover/clean off patio furniture or BBQ and arrange accordingly.

  • Replace/fix any broken exterior lighting or major issues that can be seen in photos.

  • Remove any seasonal decorations or unnecessary yard accessories.

  • Add potted plants or flowers to chosen areas for increased appeal.


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