We are Kendell and DJ and we are the photographers for APi and we look forward to shooting your listing. We know it is a lot of work and can get overwhelming when prepping your house for a shoot. To help you out, we’ve made this page for you to refer to and we hope it helps!



Kendell handles all of the photography and is the owner of APi.

DJ Long Api Photographer


DJ handles all of the 360 tours, videography, and drone work for APi.


Prepping Exteriors

Outside of the house is your first chance to make an impression. Here are some suggestions to help you prep the exterior of your home so it makes a great first impact.

Exterior Real Estate Front of House

Front of House

  • Close Garage Doors

  • Remove Cars from Driveway

  • Hide Garbage Cans/Recycling Bins

  • Remove Empty Planters

  • Clean up Landscaping

    (mow, trim shrubs, clear leaves/grass clippings)

  • Remove cobwebs from eaves and door frames

  • Remove visible water hoses

  • Remove toys, sports balls, nets, ect

  • Clean and sweep walkways


  • Clean porch, tidy up outdoor tables/chairs/cushions

  • Pillows/cushions should be fresh, not faded

  • Clear out kid's toys, balls, frisbees, etc.

  • Clean pool

  • Remove pool vacuum/cleaner hose

  • Hide pool cleaning supplies

  • Turn on pool fountains/water features

  • Remove visible water hoses

  • Remove trash cans

  • Clean up dog poop

  • Clean and sweep walkways

  • Mow the lawn within 24 hours of the shoot if during summer or spring to get the optimal


Hamilton Real Estate Kitchen
  • Clear countertops completely. No knife blocks, baking supplies, mail, etc.

  • Leave out max of 1-2 small appliances (ex. coffee maker)

  • Clear outside of refrigerator of magnets, papers, photos, etc.

  • Hide garbage cans in pantry or closet

  • Remove dishes from sink, place in dishwasher

  • Replace Tea Towel with a clean one

  • Put away dish cleaning supplies (sponge, scrub brushes, ect)

  • Remove Pet Items

Dining Room

  • Clear table, dust and polish the table top

  • Use decorative place setting if available - neutral is best

  • Feature one center piece such as a bouquet of flowers or beautiful bowl

  • Straighten all chairs and space them evenly

  • Remove child seats/booster chairs

  • Clear all horizontal spaces - maximum of 1-2 decorative items

Family Room

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  • Remove stacks of magazines, papers, mail, etc.

  • De-clutter fireplace mantel/hearth (no more than 3 items, including art)

  • Clean interior of fireplace and re-paint if needed

  • Fluff and arrange furniture pillows

  • Artistically drape blanket (if unsure of how to do this we will help)

  • Remove kid's toys

  • Remove Pet Items


Home Office Real Estate
  • Clear away paper work

  • Unplug and hide cords if possible

  • Ensure table lamps are working

  • Put away personal identifying items (family photos, important paperwork, diplomas)

  • Organize book shelfs - group like-sized books or organize based on colour

  • Turn off monitors


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  • Make bed, including decorative pillows/shams if available

  • Press bed linens and bed skirts

  • Clear nightstands of all personal items

  • Ensure bedside lamps are working - same brand of light bulb in both if possible

  • Store away phone/tablet charging cables

  • Remove all clutter from top of dressers

  • Remove family photos from walls

  • Clean under bed, removing items that may show in the photos

  • Hide Hampers

  • Ensure ceiling fan light bulbs are working

  • Have ceiling fans OFF for the photoshoot - lights on - fan off

Kids Rooms

Kids Bedroom Real Estate Hamilton ontario
  • Remove personalized names from walls

  • Remove wall stickers/posters

  • Remove diaper genies

  • Clean under bed, removing items that may show in the photos

  • Remove cords if possible

  • Ensure table and floor lamps are working

  • Put away toys


Bathroom staging Real Estate Api Hamilton
  • Clear countertops completely of personal items. 

    Only leaving out fresh soap and clean decorative pieces

  • Put toilet seats down

  • Close closet doors

  • Remove shampoo, soap, loofahs, etc. from showers and tubs

  • Remove dirty towels - leave out only new, unused towels

  • Remove floor mats or put down clean new ones

  • Stack towels neatly if on display

  • Remove hanging items from back of doors

  • Clean mirrors

  • Put up a new fabric shower curtain if possible


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  • Place food and water bowls in pantry or closet

  • Place pet beds/toys in pantry or closet

  • Use lint roller on furniture to remove pet hair

  • Contain pets in hidden crate or outside

  • Clear back yard of pet waste/toys

  • We love pets - and if your furry besties aren’t friendly with new people, it is better for them to not be home for the shoot if possible. Save your friend the stress.

Laundry Room

Laundry Room Real Estate Hamilton
  • Put away hampers

  • Clear counters

  • Put away detergent and fabric sheets

  • Hide mops/brooms/ect

Quick Prep List for Showings

Hamilton Real Estate Quick Prep List
  • Remove all animal items

  • Clear countertops in Kitchen

  • Empty Kitchen trash

  • Remove all fridge magnets

  • Remove coats/backpacks/shoes 

  • Fold towels nicely on racks

  • Remove personal hygiene items

  • Empty bathroom trashes 

  • Lower toilet lids

  • Make beds and fluff pillows

  • Put away clothes/laundry

  • Remove cars from driveway

  • Air freshener Put away Toys

  • Put away Pet Items

  • Air Freshener

When we arrive to shoot, we usually do exteriors first. We love love looooove when we arrive to an empty driveway. Sometimes we are racing to beat the rain or make use of a cloud so a ready exterior is wonderful.

If your realtor has booked a 360 Virtual Tour - the house has to be completely prepped. We cannot hide items from a 360 capture so please ensure that all rooms are prepped completely.

Please understand that we do not move expensive items and can only move a small amount of things. We don’t mind moving a few things during a shoot to help make a room look it’s best, and sometimes have shoots right after yours. We really appreciate a well prepped house so we can stay on schedule for all clients.

If we do move any items, we try hard to remember to put them back afterwards. If you can’t find something after a shoot, it is in a nearby cupboard. We don’t move anything too far on you.

Thanks for all of your hard work! We understand how difficult and emotional this whole scenario can be. Let your realtor know if you have any questions prior to your shoot with APi, we’d be happy to give any advice needed and let us know if we missed any helpful tips on our list!

See you soon!