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Preparation Guide

General Tips 

  • The entire house has been cleaned 

  • Overhead lights, lamps, and ceiling fans switched ON.

  • All light bulbs are operational or replaced, and same temperature/type

  • Ceiling fans, televisions, and monitors turned OFF

  • Blinds/window treatments opened to let in outside light

  • Personal photographs removed or hidden, and shoes/jackets hidden

  • Beds made and any small floor rugs removed to reveal actual flooring

Front Exterior

  • Garage doors closed and cars removed from driveway and front of home

  • Landscaping cleaned up and cobwebs removed from eaves and door frames

  • Visible water hoses, toys, sporting equipment removed or hidden

Back Yard

  • Porch/patio cleaned, tidy up outdoor tables/chairs/cushions (pillows/cushions not faded)

  • Pool cleaned, and vacuum/robot/hoses/cleaning supplies removed

  • Pool fountains/water features turned on

  • Visible water hoses, trash cans, toys, and sporting equipment removed or hidden


  • Countertops cleared completely. 

  • No more than one small appliance (ex. coffee maker) left out.

  • Outside of the refrigerator clear of magnets, papers, photos, etc.

  • Garbage cans hidden in pantry or closet

  • Dishes removed from sink/placed in dishwasher

Dining Room

  • Table cleared/table top dusted and polished

  • Decorative place setting used if available

  • One centerpiece featured (bouquet of flowers, candle, etc.)

  • Chairs straightened and spaced evenly

  • Child seats/booster chairs removed or hidden

Living Area/Family Room

  • Magazines, papers, mail, etc. removed or hidden

  • Fireplace mantel/hearth de-cluttered 

  • Interior of fireplace cleaned and re-paint if needed

  • Furniture pillows fluffed and arranged

  • Children’s’ toys removed or hidden


  • All bed linens and bed skirts pressed

  • Dressers, nightstands cleared of personal items

  • Phone/tablet charging cables hidden or removed

  • Under bed area cleaned, items removed that may show in the photos

Childrens'/Guest Bedrooms

  • Personalized names/wall stickers/posters removed from walls

  • Diaper genies removed

  • Under bed area cleaned, items removed that may show in the photos


  • Countertops cleaned completely. 

  • Toilet seats put down, dirty towels/clothes removed or hidden, and floor mats removed

  • Shampoo, soap, loofahs, etc. removed from showers and tubs


  • Food and water bowls placed in pantry or closet

  • Pet beds/toys placed in pantry or closet

  • Lint roller used on furniture to remove pet hair

  • Pets contained in hidden crate or outside

  • Backyard cleared of pet waste/toys

Thank you for choosing Viking Photography. We truly appreciate your business.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. We are always happy to help.

We have carefully curated this guide based on Oklahoma City and Tulsa Metro Area industry trends and best practices. We want to ensure that we seize every opportunity to facilitate great photo shoots that leave our customers and their clients happy. 

Please share this checklist with your clients to help guide them as they prepare their homes for the best possible real estate photos.

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