Getting Ready to List

Getting photo ready! Photos are usually the first impression buyers will get for a new property. Getting them right mean more interested buyers in the first few weeks. Here are a few suggestions to make the photo session a real success!

Kitchens can sell a property. They are best when they are clean and clutter free. Remove things from the counter space will make the kitchen look larger. Here are some other ideas to make your kitchen look its best…
  • clear counters
  • bowl or flowers on island or table
  • remove rugs
  • remove towels
  • remove excess appliances
  • tea pot on stove
  • cook book next to stovetop
  • remove trash cans
  • remove soap dispensers
  • remove rugs in kitchen and baths
  • remove dish towels in kitchen
  • remove any magnets or artwork of refrigerator
  • remove pet toys and food bowls
  • try and clear off the kitchen counters

Living Areas

Living areas are where we spend a lot of our time. Buyers like to envision themselves in the space and the best way to prepare the space is clean and clutter free.
  • clean up clutter
  • remove kids toys
  • remove remote controls
  • hide wires from electronics
  • clear coffee table
  • add flowers and plants

Bedrooms are sanctuaries and there here are some suggestions to make them appealing to your buyers.
  • clean up clothes
  • fluff the pillows
  • throw pillows add the the photo
  • clean up toys, gather them in storage baskets or remove them
  • minimize family photos
  • remove clutter from dressers
  • remove trash cans
  • remove tissue boxes
  • remove laundry hampers / diaper cans

Baths should be clean and clear with personal items hidden away.
  • remove soap dispensers
  • fold towels
  • remove toothbrushes
  • remove makeup
  • remove just about everything


  • cut the lawn
  • rake up stray leaves
  • clean up any street trash
  • put all toys away or into proper place
  • remove trash cans
  • stage out door furniture
  • open umbrellas
  • plant bright colored flowers


  • change lightbulbs
  • clean glass and make fixtures sparkle
  • wash windows to let light in
  • clean blinds and put them all at the same level two-thirds open
  • take out the trash

Pictures can grab the attention of buyers on search sites. Once you have gotten ready for the photo session, keep up with the organization and you are ready for showings!