How do I prepare for an appointment?

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To get the best photos, we recommend scheduling Open Homes services once staging is complete and the home is clean and free of visitors. For example, it’s best to schedule before any broker’s tours or open houses, but after the listing has been properly set up and staged.



  • Remove cars from the driveway and the surrounding streets in front of your home
  • Prepare the outdoor spaces, mow the lawns, clear the leaves, prune hedges, trees, and shrubs
  • Remove any clutter from the front yard
  • Hide any trash cans
  • Clean the pool and hide all cleaning supplies
  • Turn on all water features


  • Clean all rooms that will be photographed (vacuum, dust, mop, clean windows)
  • Stow pets away in a safe room that will not be photographed
  • Turn on fireplaces 
  • Remove any clutter, magazines, mail, and personal photographs 
  • Clear the sink of any dishes
  • Store away all phone/tablet chargers


  • Turn on all interior and exterior lights and ensure all bulbs are working and are all the same color (natural, incandescent, etc.)
  • Open all blinds and window treatments 
  • Turn on all the gas fireplaces and any outdoor fireplaces or firepits

We’re here to help you with your listing and provide the best photos in the industry. To that end, we are assuming that the property is prepared for us to shoot as is – and that you’ve staged it just the way you want it. Open Homes cannot be responsible for:

  • Arranging/moving furniture
  • Cleaning or de-cluttering
  • Removing trash cans
  • Editing vehicles, power lines, cords, etc. out of photographs
  • Hiding any personal household items

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