Compare Photos Online

Before placing the photos of your house online, compare them with other real estate listings. Do the photos show different angles? If there anything that doesn’t look right? If you find anything that concerns you, see if the realtor can edit or retake the photo.

To stay competitive with other homes for sale, realtors need good photos to go along with property listings. We are going to work hard to close your deal, and it all starts with using great photos in the property listing.

So here are some tips to prepare your home for taking photos that will make your property stand out from other homes for sale:

Tips for Taking Successful Property Listing Photos

Quality Counts

One of the most common mistakes I notice when I look at pictures of a listing is poor picture quality. Top-of-the-line equipment is not necessary to take good pictures of a house, but the average cell phone camera isn't going to cut it either.

As your agent, I will take photos with a great high quality HD camera, using a lens that enhances the lighting and takes wide-angle pictures.

Use Natural Lighting

Find agents who will take photos with a good HD camera. The realtor should have a lens that enhances the lighting and takes wide-angle pictures.

Natural lighting is the best lighting, especially cloudy days.  Try to schedule picture-taking day on a sunny day if possible, and be sure to open curtains to allow as much natural light in as possible. A dark, cloudy day produces very dull and gloomy pictures that just aren’t very appealing to look at.

What is Staging?

Home staging is the act of preparing a private residence for sale in the real estate marketplace. The goal of staging is to make a home appealing to the highest number of potential buyers, thereby selling a property more swiftly and for more money.

Remove Personal Items

Pictures speak volumes, and buyers are looking for homes that look clean and well-organized. Keep in mind that people want to see the home that is being advertised, NOT what is in it. Before your realtor takes any photographs, make sure that your home is clutter-free (toys, refrigerator magnets, etc) and stick to subtle interior design details and neutral colors.

Perform Upgrades

Quite often, buyers look for homes with attractive bathroom or kitchen upgrades. Does your house need repainting? Is the flooring outdated? Before the realtor takes photos, be sure to walk through your home as if it were an open house.