Tips for taking great photos before listing your home
With more and more buyers beginning their home search online, great photographs are more important than ever in getting your home noticed. No matter how beautiful a home is or how well-staged it is, bad photographs can limit the traffic a listing receives. The following tips can help you take the best pictures possible before listing your home.
- Get the right camera
Your iPhone might be perfect for selfies, but it may not be able to properly show off your space. Instead, invest in some basic camera equipment that will allow you to take professional-grade pictures. A tripod, for example, allows you to steady the camera and position it in a corner to show off the size of a room.
- Find the right light
While natural sunlight is best to show off a space, it is important to learn how to show off your home in its best light. If the light from a window is too bright, for example, most digital cameras will overcompensate by darkening other areas of the room. Fix this by extending the exposure when taking the photo to best show off a space.
- Declutter and depersonalize
Too many personal touches in a home can make it difficult to sell, and this is especially true when it comes to real estate photography. First, ensure there is no visible clutter in photographs. Shoes should be put away, counters should be cleaned off, and no dishes should be left in the sink. Likewise, take down personal touches such as family photographs, distracting toys, and even refrigerator magnets. This allows potential buyers to imagine themselves and their family in a space.
- Take lots of pictures
Don’t stop with a single shot of each room. Instead, take as many photos as your digital camera will allow. Experiment with different angles and lighting to find what works best for each room in your home. Taking plenty of pictures will allow you to pick and choose the best shots to publish with the listing.
- Don’t be afraid to edit
Photos should never be edited to mislead potential buyers, but that doesn’t mean editing is strictly prohibited. There are a number of free photo editing programs that can be used to adjust lighting, correct colors, crop pictures, and more.
Taking the right pictures can help make your listing stand out from the competition. By following these tips, you can better show off the qualities of your home and get it sold – fast!