The following list is to provide guidance in getting your home ready to be photographed in order to be as appealing as possible to potential buyers. Of course there is not always time to do all these things, so you will need to prioritize based on the time available. Remember that kitchens and bathrooms get a LOT of attention from potential buyers.
1. Remove vehicles, trash cans, recycling bins, etc., from driveways.
2. Put outside garage cans away, and hide inside garbage cans.
3. Lawns should be mowed, hoses should be wound up neatly, and in the winter snow should be removed from paths.
4. Minimize personal effects and clutter throughout the house.
5. Roll up cables and cords where possible.
6. Kitchen counters should be cleared of as much clutter as possible, and cleaned.
Refrigerators should be free of magnets, photos, calendars, etc.
7. Remove Pet related items.
8. Remove distracting items from living areas, like loose books and toys; neaten pillows, throws, etc.
9. In bedrooms remove personal items and clutter from nightstands, make beds, remove laundry, trash cans, etc.
10. In bathrooms clear out products, toiletries, trash cans, etc., as much as possible. Close toilet lids, close shower curtains, straighten towels, bath mats and rugs. Ideally, replace toilet paper rolls with full
11. For patios and back yards, remove toys, garden tools, etc., cover grills, arrange furniture and potted plants.
12. If you will be there shortly before the photographer arrives, turn on ALL lights, including under cabinet lights, stove top lights, and reading lights, porch lights, and turn OFF ceiling fans.
The more of these things you do, the better the house will photograph, and the more
potential buyers will come see it!