GET your listing  READY

Read our best practice guide before your booking

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Images are only half the story.
Setting the scene before we arrive helps to create fantastic pictures in a timely fashion.
Staging is highly important to us and here are a few tips that can help showcase your listing at its very best. 

To make your property look its absolute best... please do the following in addition

to cleaning your home:


We give each booking a 45min window of arrival.
If we are running late we will be in contact an hour before to give an ETA via text.
Each booking takes anywhere between 20mins to 2 hrs to shoot depending on the size so allow ample time for us to work our magic


If you are concerned about exterior shots during adverse weather or shooting in the dark. Then check the weather forecast and day light times. You are welcome to reschedule (as long as its 24 hrs before the booking) 


Working lights are preferred, so where possible replace any broken bulbs
Surfaces should be cleaned including floors
Hide personal effects
Remove pictures that could identify owners or rental occupants
De-clutter as much as possible
Clothes and shoes are hidden from sigh

to hide items

Trash cans - Interior & Exterior
Pet Food/Water
Pet Toys
Pet Cages
Tooth Brushes
Hair brushes
Tissue Boxes
Bath robes
Towels on racks that are not decorative or luxury towels
Grill Covers


Each property is treated differently dependent on a few things. So lets take a look at how we treat windows, blinds and sheers in different situations. 

THE kitchen

Remove all surface items like kitchen roll, kitchen utensils, plus floor mats and dishcloths.
Creating more space will help create a better ambiance.
Clean oven cooktops
Make sure all surfaces are wiped clean, including any appliances.
Fridge magnets must go too.
Turn on all lights & extractor fan lights

dining rooms

Ensure the area is free of all clutter
Add a centerpiece such as candles or flowers
Turn on all lights


Remove shampoo bottles and other personal hygiene items from shower recess or bath
Remove toothbrushes, toothpaste, shavers from bench tops
Fold towels neatly over towel rails or remove completely
Turn on all lights
Floor mats can be moved too as well as any utensils.
Clean all surfaces where applicable including mirrors.

living &family rooms

Switch on all lights and table lamps
Hide any extension cables or speaker cables
Tidy any general clutter on shelves etc
Any pictures that could identify the owners should ideally be removed.
Hide TV remote controls & surface items that are easily moved such as magazines.
Clean all surfaces where applicable including mirrors.


Make the beds and plump the pillows. Highly recommend finding the best colors to match your room.
Remove any bedside alarm clocks, books, phones, chargers etc
Turn on all lights including bedside lamps
Hide any personal effects from surfaces and make sure all draws and closets can close shut.

outside of the home

Reposition all cars from the driveway
Remove any Realtor “For Sale” signs where possible.
Hide garbage bins from the front of the property and clear any trash that could get in the shot.
Clean the windows where possible.
Hide kids toys away from view and tidy up any mess that’s been left by pets.
BBQ or Grilling plate covers can be removed If they are looking less than presentable.
Ravel up any hoses that are left around the garden.


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