As soon as a potential buyer scans your online listing, you have only one chance to make a first impression before they click to the next listing in your area. You've likely worked tirelessly preparing your home. Don't stop short right before you publicly introduce your newly listed property to buyers.


clean everything and clear the clutter

This is the #1 most important step. Put away all knickknacks, loose paper, remote controls, family photos, pet toys, tissue boxes, etc. Hide power cords and cables as much as possible and remove child-proof latches. Ensure that glass doors, floors, and windows are clean. Make sure to view your home with a critical eye: Buyers will see things you may not. It is true that Photoshop can help, but allow me the time to focus on more important parts of the editing process such as color and exposure rather than retouching flaws.


  • Remove magnets from fridge
  • Remove tea towels
  • Clear away small appliances and any counter clutter such as phone books, sugar bowls, etc.
  • Wipe clean all appliances such as range hoods, ovens, and refrigerators


  • Clean, vacuumed carpets
  • Replace burnt or missing light bulbs


  • Remove toiletries from vanity and shampoo bottles etc. from shower/tub
  • Clean mirrors
  • Remove bath mats


  • Make sure beds are made
  • Put away children's toys
  • Remove any valuable items such as jewelry boxes and place in a safe place
  • Remove magazines, electronics, or clutter from bedside tables

pay attention to the bathroom

Squeaky clean bathrooms are an important selling feature in a home and will be scrutinized when viewed online. Spiff up your bathroom: Clear everything off your sink top, roll up some fresh white towels and put them on an available shelf for display, buy a nice shower curtain, put on a new roll of toilet paper, and (perhaps most important) make sure the toilet lid is closed. Remove any small floor rugs.



accessorize smartly

One of the easiest ways to update a room is to accessorize it well. A small stack of design books on the coffee table or some new pillows can really refine and update a space. Groupings of accessories (candles, books, plants) look best in odd numbers and at varying sizes, so ditch those four identical candlesticks on your mantle.

What you don't need to worry about

The camera is very forgiving when it comes to dirt or dust, but buyers may not be, so be sure to do a full cleaning before the open house!

Hey agents!

Download the PDF version of this list to give your sellers a copy before setting up your next photo shoot with me!