Preparing a House


  • Remove clutter from bookshelves, fireplace mantles, coffee tables, bedrooms, kids’ rooms, kitchen, and anywhere else photographs will be taken.
  • Remove personal or family photographs.
  • Open all window coverings to make rooms appear brighter and larger.
  • Turn on all lights and replace all burned out light bulbs.
  • Conceal garbage and recycle containers.
  • Clear kitchen counter tops and remove all pictures and magnets from refrigerator.
  • Keep floor coverings such as throw rugs to a minimum.
  • Remove table coverings.
  • Remove all signs of pets including food/water bowls, pet beds, chew toys, crates, etc.
  • Clear bathroom counter tops, lower toilet lids, and put out nicest towels.
  • Empty shower or tub of soaps, shampoos, shaving items, caddies, etc.
  • Hide valuables and medications.


  • Conceal all trash, yard waste and recycle bins.
  • Move vehicles out of driveways and away from the front of the property.
  • Make sure hedges, shrubs, lawn etc. are neatly trimmed and leaves are raked.
  • Conceal gardening tools, mowers etc.
  • Remove or coil hoses.
  • Remove kids’ toys and/or pet toys.
  • Open patio umbrellas and set out cushions.
  • Clean up all pet feces (photographer may walk through yard/garden to get various shots)

Lyle Jansma of Jansma Design is simply one of the best photographers around. He brings energy, passion and a critical eye to all my real estate photos. He has all the latest equipment to ensure photos are available to every possible outlet and he always shoots for a standard of excellence. I receive regular feedback from my Sellers how happy they are with the way their home is represented in print and the web. He is a joy to work with.

Greg Crosby, Realtor
John L. Scott/Anacortes