Jeff Hursey Photography and Fine Art | Pre-Shoot Checklist


The goal of real estate photography is to make the home warm and inviting to potential buyers while accurately representing the space. Below is a list of things to do to get your home in the best possible condition for photographs.

General Living Areas and Recreational Rooms

  • Remove clutter from bookshelves, entertainment centers, coffee tables, fireplace mantles, etc.
  • Arrange DVDs, games, books neatly in shelves
  • Turn off TV and put remotes away
  • Remove mail, newspaper and magazines
  • Remove all personal items such as photos (non-personal pictures are acceptable, walls look better when they are not bare)
  • Hide or remove all power leads and extra cables
  • Remove all toys, fans, etc.
  • Remove exercise equipment
  • Remove all signs of pets including bowls, beds, chew toys, crates, litter boxes, etc. (aquariums are usually acceptable if clean)
  • Move garbage and recycle cans out of sight
  • Replace all light bulbs with matching bulbs (warm preferred) – make sure none are burnt out
  • Turn off and clean ceiling fan
  • Clean all windows inside and out
  • Vacuum carpets and clean hardwood floors

Kitchen and Dining Areas

  • Clean and put away all dishes (dining table may be set - optional)
  • Remove all small appliances
  • Clean all backsplashes, range hoods and large appliances especially if stainless steel
  • Remove all detergents, dish clothes, dish rack, tea towels, drain plugs
  • Ensure range hood lights are working
  • Remove all objects from fridge e.g. magnets, photos
  • Move garbage and recycle cans out of sight


  • Make all beds
  • De-clutter toys, books, games, tissue boxes
  • Remove all personal items
  • Make sure bedside lamps are working
  • Remove posters / stickers from walls
  • Remove all clothes

Bathrooms / Powder Rooms

  • Remove all soaps, shampoos, face washes, toys, scales, bins, etc.
  • Remove all toothbrushes, toothpaste, razors, medications, etc.
  • Make sure glass and mirrors are spotless
  • Make sure towels are nice and matching
  • Remove toilet cleaning utensils and plungers
  • Ensure toilet paper roll is full
  • Close all toilet lids

Outside Areas

  • Mow the lawn and trim hedges and shrubs
  • Rake up leaves and sticks
  • Tidy garden and pull weeds
  • Remove all gardening equipment
  • Sweep driveway and paved areas
  • Remove all cars, boats, campers, trailers, bikes
  • Remove all toys
  • Remove trash cans, yard waste, recycle bins
  • Open patio umbrellas and put cushions on patio furniture

Pool Areas

  • Ensure pool is clean
  • Remove all pool cleaning equipment
  • Remove all pool toys

60 minutes before the photo shoot

  • Set the dining table (optional)
  • Place wine glasses and wine on table (optional)
  • Open ALL blinds and window coverings to make room appear brighter and larger
  • Turn on ALL lights
  • Turn OFF ceiling fans
  • Turn OFF TV
  • Put children and pets away
  • Ensure vehicles can’t be seen (front of house should be clear of cars)

The photo shoot will take 1-3 hours depending on the size of the property. I will be photographing both the interior and exterior of the home. I usually do not shoot inside the garage unless it has unique features. If the property has special features that are not obvious please let me know so I include them in the shoot. Let me know if your home contains valuable works of art; I can edit photos to make them unrecognizable or make sure they are not in the photographs.