How To Prepare Your Home to Go on the Market

Presentation, Presentation, Presentation

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Presentation, Presentation, Presentation

With over 95% of home buyers citing the internet as being most important in their home search, quality photography, both still and video, has become a key element to making your home stand out – and even sell for a higher price. In fact, a good picture can make a difference of thousands of dollars – or whether your home even gets noticed at all. So, what can you do to help ensure the best photos possible?


First impressions are huge when it comes to the presentation of your home. Buyer’s agents overwhelmingly agree that a staged home makes it more appealing and easier for potential buyers to visualize themselves in the home.


A clean home is imperative for first impressions. Whether it is in person or through photography, a clean home sells itself. On top of the usual Saturday-morning vacuuming, dusting, mopping, sweeping and straightening, here are some presentation tips you can do to prepare your home for professional real estate photography:


  • declutter as much as possible
  • de-personalize by removing family photos
  • open all blinds and drapes
  • all lights ON and make sure no bulbs are out
  • Clean all ceiling fans and turn OFF for photography
  • remove all Kleenex tissue boxes
  • hide remote controls
  • get windows professionally cleaned
  • secure/hide power cables and loose cords
  • set thermostat to comfortable temperature


  • clear and put away all dishes/cutlery
  • remove counter clutter like bills, pen jar, phone wires
  • minimize counter clutter e.g. salt and pepper, coffee, small appliances
  • remove soap bottles, detergents, dish cloths, dish rack, towels
  • remove everything from the outside surface of the fridge (magnets, clips, notes… everything)
  • remove little floor mats
  • remove oven handle towels
  • remove bins and pet bowls
  • clean all backsplashes and range hoods, especially stainless steel
  • ensure range hood lights are working

Living Areas

  • turn off TV and put remotes away
  • remove loose shoes, toys, fans, humidifiers, etc from floor
  • remove exercise bikes/equipment
  • arrange DVDs, games, books neatly in shelves
  • Turn off and clean ceiling fans


  • declutter toys, books, games, tissue boxes
  • remove personal items
  • ensure bedside lamps are working
  • remove posters, stickers/brightly colored art form walls
  • clear away all clothes and shoes
  • make sure beds are made and pillows are straightened
  • check for visible items under bed and be sure sheets aren’t showing


  • remove all personal items and clutter from countertops
  • make sure glass, shower doors and mirrors are spotless
  • remove bath mats to open up floor space
  • remove towels from shower door, remove all non-matching towels
  • remove trash cans
  • ensure all toilet seat lids are down, remove toilet cleaning brushes
  • ensure toilet roll is not empty


  • remove vehicles from driveway
  • remove trash/recycle cans from front
  • straighten, uncover and put cushions on outdoor furniture
  • uncover the grill
  • open patio umbrellas
  • remove/hide garden tools, hoses, toys, bikes, etc.
  • mow the lawn and trim hedges
  • rake/sweep/blow leaves, sticks, papers
  • remove gardening equipment e.g. hoses, rakes, gloves
  • pressure wash/degrease driveway and paved areas
  • tidy garden e.g. weeds

LAST Minute Checklist

  • open blinds and shades
  • turn on all lights
  • turn off ceiling fans
  • turn off TV
  • put pets away in kennel, laundry room or garage
  • arrange for child care or take them for a walk/hike during shoot
  • park vehicles in the garage or in front of neighbors house
  • set the table with place setting and wine glasses (optional)
  • place wine bottle and glasses on outside table (optional)

The presentation of your home is imperative to get the most money for the sale of your home. Staging and cleaning your home goes a long way when it comes to first impressions. Yamauchi Real Estate in Prescott, AZ can offer you staging advice or put you in touch with staging companies and professional house cleaning companies. Reach out to us, Yamauchi Real Estate at 928-771-1111.

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