“Decorating a home is personalizing it.  Staging is depersonalizing it to sell.”

Having great images is one of the most important things you can do when selling a home.  Below is a list we have created for anyone who may be unsure of exactly how to prepare for photos.  With photos being such an important factor in home-buying decisions, it is important to take some time to prepare so we can capture the best possible photos for you.  Here are a few things you can do before we arrive to ensure you get great photos.

Less is more!

  • De-personalise & declutter, declutter, declutter!
  • Open all blinds & windows
  • Turn on all lights – interior, exterior, lamps, range hood, etc
  • Replace blown-out light bulbs, plug in all lamps
  • Clean windows
  • Remove floor mats and hall runners (decorative rugs are fine)
  • Take away personal and family photos
  • Hide or remove power cords and chargers
  • If time is limited, spend less time vacuuming/dusting and more time de-cluttering
  • Garages, storage rooms and closets are ideal to store excess items (we don’t usually shoot in there)
  • We love animals, but not in the photos – please hide all signs of your pets (food bowls, beds, cages)
  • Tidy laundry rooms, we do typically photograph them


  • Mow lawns & trim hedges
  • Sweep paths and deck areas
  • Clear kids and pet toys
  • Hide recycling and garbage bins
  • Put cars in the garage or down the street (out of the driveway)
  • Remove BBQ covers and ashtrays
  • Clean yard of leaves and debris
  • Arrange deck chairs and outdoor furniture
  • Turn on deck lights


  • Make beds
  • Add and arrange cushions/throw pillows
  • Clear items from under the bed (they often show)
  • De-clutter desks and window sills
  • Turn on bedside lamps
  • Reduce personal items
  • Take downs posters and personal photos
  • Remove stuffed animals and laundry


  • Remove floor mats and towels on hooks
  • Clear ALL personal products / toiletries from view
  • Clean shower screens and mirrors
  • Hide laundry baskets
  • Ensure toilet lids are down
  • Add one or two decorative items (candles/fresh flowers)
  • It is okay to hide items in the shower behind a closed shower curtain (unless you would like to show off shower tiles or bathtub in the photo, in which case you can clear all items out of the shower and open the shower curtain)

Living Areas

  • Turn off televisions and computer screens
  • Hide remotes and papers
  • Straighten furniture and cushions
  • Hide power cords when possible
  • Add flowers or fruit to dining table if desired
  • Remove excess chairs or furniture
  • Turn on fireplaces


  • Hide exposed garbage bins
  • Take away tea towels (unless used for staging)
  • Remove magnets & notes from the fridge door
  • Take down calendars
  • Clear counters of clutter, food boxes, etc
  • Stow dish racks, pots and pans
  • Add one or two decorative items (bowl of fruit/fresh flowers)
  • Wipe down appliances and other reflective surfaces