Full Package Media’s Home Preparation Guide


Texas’ Highest and Most Reviewed Real Estate Photography Company.

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Who is Full Package Media?

  • We are the premier real estate media provider in Dallas
  • We have a team of highly trained customer service personnel, photographers, and editors
  • We are the most reviewed real estate photography in Texas
  • We want you to have a great experience before, during, and after the photo shoot!

Why should you prep your home?

  • A clean and prepared home shows the best online
  • Potential buyers want to be able to envision themselves in the home and that is hard to do when cluttered
  • A well-staged home will help it stand out from other listings

General Guidelines

  • Declutter – less is more when it comes to furniture and decorative pieces
  • Keep it clean – everybody likes a clean home – especially prospective buyers
  • If you can see it, the camera can see it – tuck away small personal items that you may use every day such as toothpaste, shampoo bottles, and pet food bowls
  • Make sure that pets are put away, or ideally taken out of the home for the shoot

Front Yard

  • Remove all cars from the driveway and do not park immediately in front your home
  • Clean up the yard and landscape as needed – a little color goes a long way
  • Remove security signs or other yard signs, also take down flags

Back Yard

  • Put up hoses and garbage bins – place these items inside the garage, not on the side of the home
  • Clean the pool and remove any pool cleaners or floating chlorine dispensers
  • Remove kids toys and organize yard furniture – put out any decorative pillows or seat cushions

Twilight Photos

  • Ensure all exterior lights are turned on – if on a timer or sensor, override it if possible and manually turn the lights on
  • Make sure the pool light is on and set to white if it is a multi-colored light
  • All interior lights should be turned on to ensure window glow

Dining Room/Formal

  • Remember, less is more – be selective in the pieces you choose to show/display
  • Make sure the dining room table is clear with one nice center piece or properly set
  • Dust and clean the table to ensure a great photo

Family/Living Room

  • Declutter the room by removing magazines, papers, and other small items
  • Clean the room by removing kids toys and any pet beds  – put out any decorative pillows
  • Make sure rugs and floors are clean


  • Clean countertops as much as possible – remove knife block, appliances, coffee makers – if you have one nice appliance it might look better left out
  • Remove hand or dish towels from hangers – remove soaps from the sink area
  • Put pet food bowls in the pantry or out of sight


  • Make sure all beds are made with decorative pillows placed on the bed
  • Ensure that anything under the beds is not visible – this is often missed and can usually be seen in the photos
  • If desired, remove family photos or names from the walls


  • Remove everything from the counter tops including soaps, tissues, and personal items
  • Remove all items from the bathtubs/showers – FPM photographers will not move/touch these items
  • Remove floor mats unless nice designer mats

Other Tips

  • Remove or hide any holiday decor – it is important to not put a time stamp on the photos
  • Make sure the sides of your home are clean and free of clutter
  • If you wish, remove family photos

Day of Preparation

  • Turn off all ceiling fans and fireplaces
  • Turn on all lights, including lamps and accent lights
  • Open blinds and drapes to let in natural light – blinds should be turned to be flat & level

Shoot Process

  • The FPM photographer will do a quick walkthrough of the home to get a feel for the home and identify great shots
  • Do not hesitate to let the photographer know of selling features you’d definitely like to capture or areas that you want to avoid
  • The photographer will leave the house as they found it and you do not have to be present for the shoot – if you are a homeowner and have questions contact your realtor