Staging Tips

Staging your home before photos are taken is very important. When I arrive at a real estate shoot, I first tour all rooms and make changes as needed. Here are some things that I look for.

  • All rooms: Open Blinds. Turn on lights. De-clutter. Remove pet bowls, beds etc. Turn off ceiling fans. Turn off TV’s and computer monitors. Clear coat hooks and shoe storage.
  • Living/Family Rooms: Straighten cushions and fluff pillows.
  • Kitchen: Clear counters. Remove refrigerator magnets, pictures, etc. Remove towels from stoves, cabinet handles, etc.
  • Bedrooms: Make beds and smooth bed covers. Fluff and arrange pillows.
  • Bathrooms: Put toilet seats down. Clear sinks and back of toilets. Remove soap dishes, toothbrush holders and any other non-decorative items.
  • Outdoors: Remove toys, yard tools, garden materials, etc. Remove seasonal decorations. Clear drive way. Move garbage cans. Pick up dog poop.

This may seem like a lot of work, but trust me, it will pay off. Do you have other suggestions? Please share them in the comments. For more ideas on staging, see this article on