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Preparations for a Staged Photographic Shoot 

"Staging" can be described as the opposite of "Decorating".  Decorating and Interior Design are all about personalizing a space.  Staging a home for sale is being able to de-personalize the space, allowing the potential buyer to imagine the possibilities the home has to offer.  It provides an opportunity for the prospective buyer to visualize their possessions within the space.


  • Remove trash cans, gardening tools,  hoses, etc., from sight 
  • Stow children's and pet's toys 
  • Open patio umbrellas and set out cushions 
  • Uncover BBQ's , pools, spas 
  • Place dogs in kennel or garage 

Lighting Tips:
  • Replace any burned out bulbs 
  • Consider replacing fluorescent bulbs with new generation, white-light, daylight bulbs

  • Clean Well
  • De-clutter every room
  • Edit 50% of personal belongings
  • Remove/Replace/Repaint anything that is too "taste specific" 
  • Valuables and Medications concealed 
  • Open window treatments (unless they are concealing a less than desirable view)
  • Turn on all lights; fans off 
  • Remove  personal photographs (especially large portraits over fireplaces or in the main living areas; replace those with neutral art) 
  • Pack up off-season clothes to give closets a more spacious appearance
  • Reduce the amount of books on bookshelves, apply the same concept to kitchen items and toys
  • Conceal garbage containers 
  • Remove everything from the refrigerator (pictures, kids art, magnets, etc.) 
  • Keep floor coverings to the essentials.  Remove small kitchen and bath rugs. 
  • Clear the bathroom countertops. Leave only a few decorative items or a floral or plant arrangement.  Toilet lids down.
  • Empty the shower of shampoos, soaps, sponges, etc. 
  • Clear kitchen countertops.  Leave a maximum of one appliance per countertop area. Countertop microwaves should be removed.
  • Remove all signs of pets (bowls, rugs, pillows, etc.)
  • Remove any table coverings 
  • De-clutter fireplace mantel