Be honest. Have you ever seen a picture of yourself and said, “uuuugh, that’s horrendous…(delete!)”…? Exactly. Assuming you are between the ages of 6 and 137, we know you have.
That said, consider yourself officially informed that this event can (and does) also happen to properties listed for sale that have terrible pictures on display. Prospective buyers have absolutely no problems “deleting” your home quick, fast, and in a hurry, because of something as simple as bad pics. *pause* Better yet, allow us to rephrase so that we can make sure that we are crystal clear – – – property listings with well taken photographs receive more online views AND onsite visits. Period. And, as we all well know, you never get a second chance to make a first impression.
Below are a 5 quick, easy tips to ensure not only that your property’s pictures not only avoid having the aforementioned effect on onlookers, but rather that they have the exact opposite effect : attraction.
1 : CLEAN UP
You would think that this is common sense, but trust us…it’s not. Make sure that you BOTH de-clutter AND clean / disinfect your entire living space as much as possible, before taking the photographs.
2 : BRIGHTEN
First, Shoot during the daylight hours (and, when it is not overcast outside).
Next, Open (completely) all of the curtains / window treatments in order to bring in as much natural light as possible. This alone draws attention to the natural depth, color, and contrast of the house.
Then, Turn on all of the lights, in every room of the house. The only exception here is when it is crystal clear that additional lights are not necessary because they add nothing to the illumination of the room. You’ve already got an abundance of natural light in that particular room / space.
And lastly, Do not point the camera directly at / toward the windows, if possible. Most modern cameras will adjust for bright spots by darkening the rest.
3 : SHOOT THE CORNERS
This adds better sense of perspective and dimensionality to photographs. Shooting directly at flat walls can at times have the effect of making the space seem small.
4 : HIGHLIGHT THE AMENITIES
Make sure you show off the cool stuff in your house: fireplaces, swimming pools, media rooms, and even shots of neighborhood’s country club (should you be so fortunate). Let buyers know all of the cool reasons that you wanted to live there when you moved in.
5 : DON’T NEGLECT THE OUTSIDE
Take an AMAZING picture of the frontal exterior of the home. This is (and should) the 1st picture most people see, so it must be impressive. Also, don’t forget about the backyard. Not including images of the backyard could totally eliminate your house from contention for some serious buyers…especially in the luxury residential housing market. Nevertheless, we guarantee that no matter what the price point, if your competition has a nice yard, they are showing it.
Y, ya esta. That’s all we’ve got for you, for now. Have fun!
– – – > So saith The JD PALLAS REALTORS ®