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Welcome Homeowners

We've compiled some tips to help you prep your home and maximize the potential of your photos

Why prep your home for photos?

You'll never get a second chance to make a great first impression

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Stand out from the crowd

The majority of home buyers start their search online so, it's important to make your home's online presence & first impression count!

Catch the attention of potential buyers with high-quality, beautifully staged photos.

Follow the tips below to help prepare your home for the best real estate photos possible.



Overall staging tips for your home

  • Thoroughly clean the whole house

  • Turn ON all overhead lights and lamps

  • Replace all burned out light bulbs

  • Use bulbs of the same temperature

  • Turn OFF all ceiling fans

  • Turn OFF all TVs

  • Turn OFF all computer screens

  • Open blinds to let in natural light

  • Remove personal photographs & any items other than non-religious art or decor

  • Make all beds

  • Remove small floor rugs to reveal actual flooring

  • Place all shoes/jackets in closets

  • Hide all pet beds, toys, bowls, etc.

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"Curb Appeal" will make your home stand out

Front Exterior

  • Remove cars from driveway, front, and/or rear of home

  • Close garage doors

  • Clean up landscaping (mow, trim shrubs, clear leaves)

  • Remove flags

  • Remove empty planters

  • Remove cobwebs from eaves and door frames

  • Remove visible water hoses

  • Remove toys, sporting equipment, etc.

  • Remove trash cans and recycling bins

  • Remove newspapers from driveway and sweep leaves

Back Exterior

  • Clean porch, tidy up outdoor tables/chairs/cushions

  • Open deck furniture, umbrellas, remove grill covers and put any deck cushions on furniture

  • Pillows/cushions should be fresh, not faded

  • Clear out kid's toys, balls, frisbees, etc.

  • Clean pool

  • Remove pool vacuum/cleaner hose

  • Hide pool cleaning supplies

  • Turn on pool fountains/water features

  • Remove visible water hoses

  • Remove trash cans



Meals and memories are made here

  • Clear off countertops completely. No knife blocks, baking supplies, mail, etc.

  • Remove hanging dish towels and small area rugs

  • Leave out a maximum of one small appliance (ie: coffee maker)

  • Clear outside of refrigerator of magnets, photos, etc.

  • Hide garbage cans along with pet bowls, mats, etc.

  • Remove dishes from sink, place in dishwasher


Dining Areas

Help buyers envision what family dinners will look like

  • Clear table, dust, and polish the tabletop

  • Use decorative place setting if available

  • Feature one centerpiece such as a flower bouquet

  • Straighten all chairs and space them evenly

  • Remove extra dining chairs from room

  • Remove child seats/booster chairs


Living Areas

The perfect place to enjoy conversations and spend quality time with family

  • Keep the floors as clean as possible

  • Clear surfaces such as end & coffee tables of items that are not decorative

  • Remove stacks of magazines, papers, mail, etc.

  • De-clutter fireplace mantel/hearth (no more than 5 items)

  • Clean interior of fireplace and re-paint if needed

  • Turn OFF all televisions and computers

  • Fluff and arrange furniture pillows

  • Remove kid's toys

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Rise and shine!

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Master Bedroom

  • Make all beds - include decorative pillows/shams if available

  • Be sure the mattress is not showing

  • Press bed linens and bed skirts

  • Clear nightstands of all personal items such as books, remotes, etc. (Tip: You can hide them under pillows!)

  • Store away phone/tablet charging cables

  • Remove all clutter from top of dressers

  • Remove family photos from walls

  • Clean under the bed, removing items that may show in the photos

Secondary Bedrooms

  • Remove personalized decor from walls (anything with your child's name or photos of them)

  • Remove wall stickers/posters

  • Remove diaper genies

  • Clean under bed, removing items that may show in the photos

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Make it feel like a spa

  • Remove ALL toiletries from countertops. No soap, toothbrushes, medications, deodorant, etc.

  • Remove dirty towels - you can keep new, decorative towels

  • Wash all mirrors. Even the smallest splatter mark is magnified in photos

  • Put toilet seats down

  • Make sure toilet paper roll is not empty or hanging off the roll

  • Close closet doors

  • Remove ALL toiletries from shower/tub area. No shampoo, soap. razors, loofahs, etc.

  • Remove floor mats

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We know you love your pets, but potential buyers might not


Minimize their presence

  • Place food and water bowls in pantry or closet

  • Place pet beds, crates, cages, etc. in closet

  • Hide toys, bones, treats etc.

  • Use lint roller or vacuum on furniture to remove pet hair

  • Contain pets in hidden crate or outside

  • Clear backyard of pet waste/toys



Your home should be photo ready!

  • A Housefli photographer will arrive at your home within the allotted time-frame.

  • We ask that ALL staging and cleaning be done prior to our arrival. With our busy schedule, we can only spend a specified time at each property

  • If your home is NOT ready, we will, unfortunately, have to reschedule and a fee will be imposed.

Please understand that we are NOT a staging or design company and that our photographers are not responsible and will not:

  • Close blinds

  • Move or re-arrange furniture

  • Make beds, clean, dust or de-clutter

  • Pick up toys or yard items

  • "Photoshop" vehicles damaged walls, power lines, wall pictures, cords, etc.

  • Touch personal bathroom supplies (shampoo, toothbrushes, deodorant, towels)

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We at Housefli, pride ourselves on our products and want to provide you with the best possible photos of your home. With your teamwork and cooperation, we can guarantee that you will be pleased with our work!


See what Housefli can do for you!