• Monique Dykstra

Picture Perfect Checklist for Great Photos

Homeowners! Here's a handy checklist to make your home picture perfect on photo day.


☐ Thoroughly clean the whole house

☐ Vacuum carpets, mop floors, clean countertops, clean windows

☐ Replace all burned out lightbulbs

Front Yard

☐ Mow the grass, trim the shrubs, clear the leaves

☐ Remove empty planters

☐ Remove visible water hoses

☐ Remove toys, sports balls, basketball goals, soccer nets, etc.

Back Yard

☐ Clean porch and tidy up outdoor tables, chairs and cushions

☐ Pillows and cushions should look new, not faded

☐ Remove kid's toys, balls, frisbees, etc.

☐ Clean the pool

☐ Remove the pool vacuum and cleaner hose and hide pool cleaning supplies

☐ Remove any visible water hoses

☐ Hide garbage cans

Dining Room

☐ Take everything off the dining room table, then dust and polish it

☐ Set the table with decorative place settings, if possible

☐ Put a nice centerpiece, such as a bouquet of flowers

☐ Straighten all chairs and space them evenly

☐ Remove children’s booster seats

Living Room

☐ Clean interior of fireplace and re-paint if needed

☐ De-clutter fireplace mantel

Master Bedroom

☐ Remove family photos from walls

☐ Clean under bed, removing items that may show in the photos

☐ Press the bed skirt, if necessary

Kids Bedrooms

☐ Remove personalized names from walls

☐ Remove posters

☐ Remove diaper genies

☐ Clean under bed, removing items that may show in the photos

1-2 DAYS BEFORE THE PHOTOGRAPHER ARRIVES ☐ Remove rugs to reveal actual flooring

☐ Place all shoes and jackets in closets

☐ Remove all personal photos

☐ Clear off the kitchen countertops completely. No knife blocks, dishes, mail, etc.

☐ Leave out a maximum of one small appliance (ex. fancy coffee maker)

☐ Take everything off the fridge - magnets, papers, photos, etc.

☐ Hide garbage cans in pantry or closet

☐ Remove the dishes from sink

☐ Remove everything from bathroom countertops

☐ Clean all surfaces, mirrors and floor until everything sparkles.

☐ Remove soap, toothbrushes, medications, deodorant, etc.

☐ Put toilet seats down

☐ Close closet doors

☐ Remove shampoo, soap, loofahs, etc. from showers and tubs

☐ Remove dirty towels. Put out new, unused towels

☐ Remove floor mats

☐ Remove stacks of books, magazines, papers, etc. from living room

☐ Fluff and arrange furniture pillows

☐ Remove kid's toys

☐ Make the bed in the master bedroom, add decorative pillows and shams if available

☐ Take all personal items off the night tables

☐ Remove all phone and tablet charging cables

☐ Remove all clutter from top of dressers

☐ Straighten up and de-clutter the kid's bedrooms

☐ Make the beds, remove the toys, and take all personal items off the night tables


☐ Remove the cars from driveway, and also the front of home

☐ Close garage doors

☐ Turn on fountains and water features

☐ Place pet food and water bowls in pantry or closet

☐ Place pet beds and toys in a closet

☐ Use lint roller on furniture to remove pet hair

☐ Put pets in a crate or outside

☐ Turn all overhead lights and lamps ON

☐ Turn all ceiling fans OFF

☐ Turn all TVs OFF

☐ Turn all computer screens OFF

☐ Open curtains and blinds to let the light in



MO PHOTO is a real estate photo and marketing company in Montreal, Canada. We work with agents, brokers,  designers and homeowners to create high quality images that sell properties fast.     




2410 av de Mayfair, Montréal, QC
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