Beyond staging… preparing for your photoshoot

We usually refer to staging as the last step in preparing your home for sale… that is when you start living in a pretend house! However, we also have another step beyond staging… preparing for your photo shoot. This may be even more detailed… and can be a good guide for open houses and showings, too. Photo shoot1

After you have already done your staging, below is a reminder checklist of some items it can be easy to forget for the photo shoot…


  • Put trash cans, toys, bikes, dog kennels inside the garage
  • Open umbrella on the patio and remove cover from grill (put in garage)
  • Wind up garden hoses
  • Park cars out of sight or in the garage


  • Turn on all lights and lamps (make sure all are functional)
  • Close all windows and open all blinds
  • Turn off all ceiling fans, fireplaces and televisions (my awesome photographer adds fire in the fireplace and television image)
  • Remove scatter rugs
  • Remove all waste baskets throughout the home
  • Remove remote controls, newspapers, magazines not used for staging
  • Remove dog/cat beds
  • Remove pets from the property or move them to spaces not being photographed
  • Hide electrical cords as much as possible
  • Remove hand towels from oven and fridge
  • Remove dishes, drains/plugs and dishrags from the kitchen sink
  • Remove everything from kitchen counters and cabinet tops except those items designated for staging
  • Get rid of all products in the bathroom sinks, showers and bathtubs
  • Put down all toilet seats
  • Remove all laundry/cleaning products
  • Remove clothes from front-loading washer and dryer

Sharlene Hensrud, RE/MAX Results -  Twin Cities Seller's Realtor

The HomesMSP Team - SharleneJohnAngela


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