Real Estate Pre Shoot Checklist

Prior to scheduling your next real estate listing, we encourage you to review this checklist to ensure your property is prepared to shine!

First Impressions set the tone!
  • “Online websites were seen as the most useful information source at 88%.”~

With more than 40% of homebuyers starting their search online, ensuring your property is  presented properly is the first step in an effective marketing plan. Trends in how buyers and sellers leverage online sources continually grow in importance for Real Estate professionals.

  • “Among buyers who used the internet during their home search, 87% of buyers found photos and 85% found detailed information about properties for sale very useful.”~
~NAR 2018 Buyer Profile Report

General Tips:

  • Thoroughly clean the entire property (vacuum, dust, wipe off counters and clean windows).
  • Open all window blinds and curtains. Let in the light!
  • Declutter. Less is more when prepping your home (tabletops, counters, floors and walls).
  • Exterior maintenance. Invest time in ensuring your curb appeal makes the right first impression.
  • Pets are family, but during your photo shoot they should be out of sight!

Exteriors & Curb Appeal

Ensure the first images a potential buyer sees sets the tone for your property.
An exterior shot is typically the first image a buyer will see, so it is important!

Front Yard:

  • Landscaping should be clean and well maintained (grass mowed, shrubs trimmed and leaves raked)
  • Touch up any paint issues and clean front door and entryway
  • Add a splash of color with colorful flowers and planters
  • Remove all vehicles from the driveway
  • Remove all bikes, toys and garden hoses from sight
  • Place trash receptacles out of sight or in the garage
  • Sweep off sidewalks, driveways and entranceway

Back Yard:

  • Landscaping should be clean and well maintained (grass mowed, shrubs trimmed and leaves raked)
  • Sweep off deck, patios and any recreational areas
  • Toys, garden hoses and pet items should be placed out of sight
  • Touch up exterior decor and any outdoor living spaces to ensure they are staged like your interior
  • If you have a pool or water feature, ensure it is clean and running
  • Outbuilding exteriors should be clean, neat, and organized

Kitchens and Dining Spaces

Allow the features of your property to standout. Key areas of interest like kitchens and dining areas are gathering places for family!


  • Wipe down all countertops, tables and appliances
  • A decorative bouquet or centerpiece makes a great accent piece
  • Clear all appliances off the counters and remove all magnets and artwork from the fridge
  • Floors should be swept and mopped to give them some pop
  • Turn on all the lights

Dining room:

  • Clean and clear table
  • Place a decorative centerpiece and matching place setting
  • Arrange chairs to present a family seating area
  • Remove excessive clutter if you have an informal space
  • Turn on all the lights

Bedrooms and Bathrooms

Where we rest and recharge everyday, now is the time to minimize clutter and make rooms look open and spacious!


  • All rooms should be clean and clutter free 
  • Beds made and excessive items placed in closets
  • Large family photos should be swapped to generic photos or removed during photo shoot
  • Wall murals and distracting elements should be removed from sight
  • Turn on all the lights
  • Open all the window treatments and turn off ceiling fan


  • Clean floors, counters, shower and toilets
  • All personal items should be put away
  • Close toilet lid and shower curtains
  • Remove floor mats and shower accessories
  • Towels should be clean and folded neatly
  • Turn on all lights
  • Open all the window treatments