Preparing Your Sellers for the Shoot: A Checklist

Prepare your sellers for the shoot: A checklist

Your sellers may be worried about the photographer coming. First-time sellers may be be feeling more than a little overwhelmed by the process. But even experienced sellers can use a few pointers. Ease their stress and yours, save time and make sure everything goes well by using this helpful checklist. Download a copy here.

Exterior Front and Back

  • Remove cars from driveway
  • Close all windows
  • Sweep walkways
  • Pick up leaves, sticks, branches
  • Put toys, bicycles away
  • Store seasonal décor
  • Stow garden tools, supplies
  • Remove all hoses
  • Straighten and arrange deck furniture
  • Clean pool area

Interior: Main Areas

  • Remove personal items/photos
  • Remove all visible clutter
  • Open shades/blinds
  • Replace burned out light bulbs
  • Tidy up or put away all children’s toys
  • Empty waste baskets
  • Hide pet dishes/toys/beds
  • Vacuum carpets
  • Sweep hard floors
  • Remove newspapers, mail
  • Display attractive books
  • Turn off televisions
  • Turn on all lights

Interior: Kitchen

  • Remove all items from refrigerator door
  • Store food in cabinets
  • De-clutter counters, stove
  • Stow small appliances
  • Hide soaps, cleaning items
  • Hide dish towels, sponges
  • Clear sink of dishes
  • Put away draining rack
  • Organize items on open shelves
  • Place bowl of fruit on counter

 Interior: Dining Room

  • Straighten/push in dining chairs
  • Add centerpiece, candles
  • Set the table for dinner
  • Add a vase of flowers
  • Add a bottle of wine, glasses

 Interior: Bedrooms

  • Make the beds
  • Arrange decorative pillows
  • Put away clothing, shoes
  • Clean under the bed
  • Clear surfaces of clutter

 Interior: Bathrooms

  • Make the bathrooms sparkle
  • Hang fresh towels
  • Clear counters of toiletries
  • Clean mirrors
  • Clean toilet and close lid
  • Remove all items from tub and shower