Good pictures are vital marketing tools for a successful home sale. Homeowners are encouraged to prepare help their home look its best, without the need to hire a professional stager.
Also remember that due to time constraints and liability issues, the photographer is limited to how much he can do to set up a shot. 
This list is intended to provide a good starting point for a successful photo shoot; please feel free to use your own judgment!


Interior:
Check that all light fixtures work properly
Closets, tidy up with nicely hung clothing; clear floors
Hide (out of sight): Trash cans, Cleaning supplies, etc.
Remove rugs; unbroken floor space increases perceived sq ft!
Clean any stains on glass, counters, etc.
Remove any Political or Religious items
Open window and door covers; let all the light in!
Refrigerator, remove magnets, kids’ drawings, fingerprints
Hide exposed power cords
Bedrooms, beds made, tidy up clutter
Declutter all spaces, less is definitely more!

Exterior:
Check that all light fixtures work properly
Prune trees, foliage, make sure grass looks neat
Hide (or out of sight): Trash cans, Garden tools, Lawn equipment, Vehicles, Toys (including in pool areas)
Clean any unsightly stains or clutter from Driveways, Sidewalks, Patios, Decks, Staircases, if possible
Pool: clean, clear water


General:
Vehicles: Driveways and garage should be clear, No parking in front of home
Garage: No vehicles, Clean, de-cluttered, Remove as much off floor as possible
Pets: Fish in clean tank, keep all other pets out of sight
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