We have put this guide so that your property looks at its very best for the photoshoot. With many years of experience of taking photos of properties, I have listed the most common areas in the house that you can check and make the most significant impact on the marketing photographs.


  • Remove Vehicles from driveways.
  • For properties that have no driveway- Park Your Vehicle to “book” space at the property, that we could move it later and get a clear view of the Property.
  • Cut the grass and tidy borders.
  • Remove bins out of sight.
  • Take down washing Lines.
  • Remove Rotary dryers or retract them.
  • Clean the windows.
  • Remove Hosepipes and reels or store it neatly.

Optional- Provide Outdoor Plants, in Pots and Hanging Baskets.
Optional- Avoid booking the shoot on Bin/Recycling days as streets scenes will look unsightly.


  • Remove unnecessary items as much as possible but don’t go overboard!
  • Remove small items that detract the eye from the overall room but keep it “homely” – if in doubt leave it and I will advise when I visit.
  • Check light bulbs are working in all ceiling lights, room lamps, cooker hood, electric fires.
  • Windows should be closed.
  • Blinds should be open and hanging straight.
  • Curtains tied back or hanging evenly at either side.
  • Carpets vacuumed and solid floors cleaned.
  • Avoid evidence of Pets – bowls/baskets etc.

Optional – Props

 Props can add ambience to a room but are not essential. Examples include…

  • Fresh flowers
  • Pot plants
  • Bowls of fruit
  • Bottles of wine
  • Cafetiere (contents can be cold)
  • Candles (unlit)
  • High-end Magazines/Books on Coffee Table


  • Clean Worktop surface and Hob.
  • Sink clean and remove Racks from Drainer
  • Remove Tea Towels from Oven/Grill Handles
  • Hide all cleaning Cloths/Sponges
  • Remove items fixed to Fridge/Freezer Doors
  • Hide Swing/Pedal Bins
  • Hide all fridge magnets
  • Washing machine empty and the door closed


  • Arrange cushions on sofas and chairs neatly
  • Minimal items on and under Coffee Tables
  • Consider removal of personal photographs
  • Mantelpieces tidied
  • Arrange Dining Chairs evenly around the Table
  • TV and Computer Monitors switched off
  • Hide TV/Audio/Satellite cabling as far as possible


  • Beds made and covers smoothed as flat as possible
  • Pillows and Cushions neatly arranged
  • Underneath bed storage shouldn’t be visible – use a Valance or push further out of sight
  • De-clutter surfaces of Dressing Tables and Bedside Cabinets
  • Mirrored Wardrobe doors clean
  • Avoid clothing hanging from the back of bedroom doors e.g. Dressing Gowns, Jackets etc
  • Toys in Children rooms tidied away


  • Toilet Seat down
  • Fresh Toilet Roll in a holder
  • Fresh matching Towels
  • Remove Bath Mat – especially if plastic/rubber
  • Remove personal items such as Toothbrushes/Razors/Medicines etc
  • Dry Baths/Showers/Sinks
  • Mirrors clean
  • Remove Children’s Bath Toys
  • Remove bottles of chemicals/cleaning materials


Hint – attractive looking toiletries can often be obtained cheaply from Pound Shops.


If you have open fires or stoves, either light them or leave them swept clean.

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