Home Seller: Photography Checklist

One of the most important aspects of selling a home is taking quality images. Your realtor has invested in hiring Ryan O’Donnell Photography to photograph your home. The images of your home will appear in the Multiple Listing Service and appear in national websites such as Zillow, Trulia, Realtor, and many more. 


More than 94% of buyers start their home search online and they tend to click the pretty pictures first.

By completing this checklist, your home will be ready for photography.

Please make sure "Listed Items In Yellow" are checked and ready before photographer arrives.

Photographer is not responsible for window blinds or curtains but will attempt to turn off all lights prior to leaving.



  • Turn ON all lights: ceiling, wall, lamps, stove hood, refrigerator. Outside including front, patio and pool areas.

  • Turn OFF fans so that fan blades are not moving.

  • Clean carpets, wooden and tile floors.

  • Arrange or remove some furniture to make the room appear bigger. Less is more!

  • Remove small rugs and place in closet.

  • Light fixtures: Use the maximum wattage bulbs per each fixtures power rating.

  • Lights Bulbs: Don’t mix color temperature bulbs in the same room, i.e. warm white & cool white.

  • Remove and hide everything possible, phones, chargers, papers.

  • Remove cat litter boxes, cat and dog food/water bowels, and other pet related items.



  • Custom Drapes – leave in place, if affixed, otherwise, move to each side of the window.

  • Curtains – moves curtains to each side of the window.

  • Wooden Blinds – Lower blinds entire length of window and adjust blinds to horizontal position.

  • Vinyl, paper, bamboo, other – Raise blinds to top of window or adjust to horizontal position.



  • Clear counter tops: toasters, coffee makers, paper towels, towels, soap, food, etc.

  • Close all cabinet doors and draws.

  • Clean counter tops, stove tops and all reflective surfaces like refrigerators and microwave doors.

  • Remove all stickers, magnets, photographs, notes, etc. from front and sides of refrigerator.



  • Verify that coverlets are clean and straight.

  • Remove items from underneath bed, if coverlet does not extend to floor.

  • Clean room and place everything into closet or drawers.

  • Remove everything from nightstands.



  • Remove everything from counter tops and shower, hide out of sight temporarily.

  • Close the seat.

  • Clean Mirrors, counters, chrome, and shower glass so they sparkle in pictures.



  • Park vehicles inside of garage or not in view from the home.

  • Close garage door and open blinds in garage.

  • Sweep leaves, dirt etc., from driveway, walkways, patios, decks.

  • Fresh mulch has a big impact on curb appeal.

  • Remove garbage bins, bicycles, boxes, landscaping supplies to inside of garage or storage room.

  • Coil garden hose onto garden hose stand or remove.

  • Open patio umbrellas; arrange outdoor furniture for everyday use.

  • Clean pool and remove floating objects from water.

  • Remove yard signs, etc. from flowerbeds.