Planning to host open houses? Make sure you are prepared! Here's a handy list of everything you should do to get your home ready for potential buyers!

Your photography prep checklist

  • Close the windows
  • Park on the street or in an enclosed garage
  • Rake leaves and sticks from the yard
  • Remove all children's or pet's toys
  • Hide any garbage cans
  • Put away all tools and supplies
  • Close the gates and garage doors
  • Remove all pool toys, visible cleaning supplies, and equipment
  • Keep the pets out of the yard during the photo shoot
  • Clear the Clutter... Put it away in an enclosed closet or cabinet.
  • Clean the House... All the nooks and crannies.
  • Turn on all the lights and lamps.
  • Close the windows and open the curtains and blinds
  • Hide any visible cords
  • Put away all children's or pet's toys
Dining Room 
  • Set the table or clear everything but a small centerpiece
  • Remove all refrigerator magnets, photos, artwork, etc.
  • Clear the top of the fridge
  • Clear the counter tops
  • Put away all counter-top appliances
  • Put away all cleaning supplies
  • Put away all towels including wash rags and dish towels
  • Hide the garbage can in a closet or pantry
  • Put away any water or food bowls for pets
  • Make the bed
  • Remove anything stored under the bed if there is no dust ruffle to cover it
  • Put away all shoes and clothing
  • Clear the bedside tables; leave only the lamp, clock, and one or two books
  • Clear/ straighten the dresser
  • Straighten the book shelves
Walk-in Closet 
  • Tidy-up the closet by organizing/ sorting clothing and shoes
  • Matching hangers are a nice touch
  • Open the shower curtains
  • Put down the toilet seat
  • Put out fresh, matching towels
  • Hide all bath products from the tub/shower including bars of soap, shampoo & conditioner, washcloths, etc.
  • Hide all bath products from the sink including hand soap, makeup, etc. decorative soaps can stay Hide all appliances including the hair dryer, curling iron, etc.
  • Hide all air fresheners including those that plug in
  • Hide all cleaning products
Home Office 
  • Hide any visible cords
  • Put away all paperwork
  • Hide the facial tissue
  • Pets must be properly restrained, or the photographer reserves the right not to enter the property
  • It is the homeowner's responsibility to keep the pets out of the shot
  • Put away all toys, food and water bowls, and litter boxes
Isabel Machua

Isabel Machua

Since 2008, Isabel has helped both buyers and sellers accomplish their real estate goals. Growing up in Vienna, Isabel has vast local knowledge about the DC metro market and has enjoyed growing her network and building relationships with . Her love for real estate and passion for guiding people through the process makes her a an excellent asset to the Glass House team.