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  • Moving Boxes

  • Papers, Stacks, and Piles of Mail, Art Projects, ETC.

  • Downsize on all visible Toys, Games, Consoles, Books, Magazines

  • Excess furniture (Large Ottomans, Extra Chairs)

  • Items such as Musical Instruments, Exercise Equipment, hobby items like Sewing Machines, Crafts, etc.

  • Any personal family items such as names on walls, family photos, memoranda, etc.

Once your home is nearly empty, here are the next steps:

Common Areas:

  • Ensure all light bulbs are working and ON prior to the photographer’s arrival (Including Lamps)

  • Turn off all ceiling fans

  • Blinds down and open

  • Drapes pulled back or open

  • Hide pet-related items including bowls, kennels, beds, toys, etc.

  • Place pets in a separate room or garage

  • Remove all seasonal decorations

  • Remove bulky items that may take away from the size of rooms



  • Remove any rugs from the floors

  • Remove all magnets, photos, etc. from refrigerators

  • Hide garbage cans

  • Empty the sink and remove dish soap and cleaning supplies & paper towels

  • Remove dish racks from countertops

  • Turn on lights above the sink, stove and under cabinets

  • Clear the kitchen counters of dishes, small appliances, less is more!


  • Make all beds free of wrinkles (fluff/arrange pillows)

  • Make sure nothing can be seen from underneath the beds

  • Remove all items from dressers, tables, nightstands, and any surfaces

  • Put away temporary items such as laundry baskets, fans, trashcans etc.

  • Clear the floors 



  • Open shower curtains to one side

  • Hide all toiletries (shampoo/conditioners, soaps, toothbrushes, etc.)

  • Hide robes, laundry, bathroom scales and trash cans

  • Hide Jewelry, Jewelry holders, makeup, hairbrushes

  • Remove all rugs in the master bathroom

  • Remove everything from sinks, backs of toilets, and all surfaces


  • Park vehicles away from the front of the house so they can’t be seen from inside the home

  • Mow grass and remove all debris from the sidewalks and driveways

  • Remove pet waste

  • Remove children’s toys including larger items such as trampolines, playhouses, sandboxes, etc. 

  • Put garbage and recycling cans inside the garage

  • Roll up or store water hoses

  • Hide any pet-related items like chains, bowls, toys, etc.

  • Neatly arrange patio furniture

  • Remove and store pool cleaner, nets, and chemical bottles

  • Remove grill covers

  • Cover or clean exterior of grills

  • Make sure water sprinklers do not run for two hours before (we need driveways and patios dry)

  • Remove all seasonal decorations

  • No contractors can be working outside or inside the property at the time of the shoot - Maids, Painters, Handymen, etc.



  • Park vehicles away from the front of the house

  • Turn all lights on inside and outside the house including pool and spa      

  • Turn all fans off on the inside and the outside of the house

  • Outdoor fire areas lit

  • Flood lights, can lights, any other lights ON

Feel free to print this checklist and check off your tasks as you complete them! We know it seems like a lot, but you'll be glad you made the effort!


Call or email if you have any questions at: 281-356-0965 or


See you soon,

Iconic Images Photography

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