In General

  • Turn on all lights and lamps before arrival of photographer.
  • Turn all interior and exterior fans off.
  • For you and your family’s privacy it's recommended you remove family photographs from view.
  • Close the windows and open blinds.

*Please take under into consideration MPI photographers are protected by certain health code restrictions. Under no circumstance are they permitted to touch any personal items that may be deemed unsanitary.


  • Park on the street or in an enclosed garage.
  • Rake leaves and sticks from the yard.
  • Remove all children's and pet's toys.
  • Hide garbage cans.
  • Put away all tools and supplies.
  • Close any gates and garage doors.
  • Remove pool toys, cleaning supplies and equipment.
  • Clean pet waste from yard.


  • Clean the house – including floors, windows, and all surfaces.
  • Remove clutter. Put it away in an enclosed closet or cabinet.
  • Hide visible cords.
  • Put away 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 refrigerator.
  • Clear countertops.
  • Put away all cleaning supplies.
  • Put away all towels including wash rags and dish towels.
  • Hide the garbage 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 lamps / clocks.
  • Clear or straighten up the dresser – no personal items.
  • Straighten bookshelves.

Walk-In Closet

If applicable

  • Tidy-up the closet by organizing / sorting clothing and shoes.


  • Open the shower curtain.
  • Put down the toilet seat.
  • Put out fresh, matching towels.
  • Hide all bath products and toiletries.
  • Hide air fresheners including those that plug-in.
  • Hide all cleaning products.

Home Office

  • Hide any visible cords.
  • Put away all paperwork and personal items.


  • Pets must be properly restrained or the photographer reserves the right to not enter the property.
  • It is the homeowner’s or agent’s responsibility to keep pets out of the shots.
  • Put away all toys, food and water bowls, and litter boxes.

Print Out the Handy Prep List to Check-off as You Go!

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