Taking Great Listing Photos
Tips on Taking Quality Pictures for Your Home Listing
Chances are the first impression a potential buyer will have of a home will be from its online pictures. Over 80% of homebuyers begin their search online. A lack of or poorly taken pictures could keep a potential buyer from going to visit a listing. Listings with no pictures can expect significantly fewer online visits regardless of price, location and other important factors.
At a minimum photos should include an exterior of the property, the living area, all bedrooms and the master bathroom. More pictures can often be better. Some listing sites allow a user to sort by number of pictures. So capturing the most of a property can be a competitive advantage to a seller.
Tips for Great Pictures:
- Shoot exteriors on a sunny day and interiors with plenty of lights on.
- Tidy up. Picking up clothes, cutting the lawn and other simple house maintenance will go a long way towards showing a home at its best.
- Stay out of the picture! Nothing will distract someone viewing a listing like seeing the photographer in a mirror or window reflection.
- Empty or unclutter closet space. Storage is a very important home buying feature. Closets packed to capacity will look significantly smaller. Take some time to clear closet space.
- Quality matters. Crooked, pixelated or otherwise poor quality photos will turn off potential buyers no matter how great a house is staged. Wide angle lenses, tripods and proper lighting all greatly improve picture quality.