Staging Tips for Home Sellers

A clean and de-cluttered house helps a buyer mentally “move in” and see themselves living in your home. Here are some recommendations for cleaning and decluttering your home prior to a photo session and/or photo shoot. Do what you can - every little thing helps!

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  • Clear all unnecessary objects from furniture throughout the house. 
  • Keep accessories and objects on furniture restricted to groups of 1, 3, or 5 items. 
  • Many times home owners have too much furniture in a room. Rearrange or remove furniture as needed - it will make the rooms appear larger. 
  • If possible, use the garage as a temporary holding area for furniture and objects - I typically won’t shoot garages.
  • Clean windows will let in more light and make for better photos and video. At the very least, I recommend cleaning the kitchen, dining room, and living room windows.
  • Remove personal pictures and objects if possible, if not, at least makes sure hung objects are level. 
  • Remove pool table covers; rack up a set of balls and place a couple pool cues on table.


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  • Clear all unnecessary objects from the kitchen countertops; my recommendation is if it hasn’t been used for three months, put it away. 
  • Clear refrigerator fronts of messages, magnets, pictures, etc.


  • Remove any unnecessary bathroom items from the countertops, tub, shower stall, and toilet top. Keep only the most necessary cosmetics in one small group on the counter.
  • Hide toothbrushes
  • Close toilet lids 
  • Coordinate towels in one or two colors only. 


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  • Go around the perimeter of the house and remove all garbage cans, discarded wood scraps, extra building materials.
  • Clear patios or decks of little planters, flower pots, charcoal, grills, toys, and other small items
  • Prune bushes and trees. Keep plants from blocking windows.
  • Remove any dead plants, weed all planting areas
  • Mow and edge the lawn
  • If possible, put down fresh mulch