Selling a house entails more than just putting a sign in your yard and putting a price tag on it. It takes so much more work, including basically making someone want your home as badly as you did. You have to make it look as best as it can possibly look by making repairs and updates, but even after all that work, if your listing photos aren't up to par (or spectacular), most potential buyers won't look past the internet listing, let alone ever step foot in your home. See below for tips on how to take better photos for your home's listing.
Invest In Good Equipment
Invest in good quality photography equipment, or borrow a great camera, lens, and tripod from a friend if possible. Don't try to take photos with your cell phone, since the photos won't be nearly as good.
Stage The House
Be sure the home is staged before photographs are taken. You want your home clean and picture perfect. Nobody wants to see pictures of a home with dishes in the sink, fingerprints on the refrigerator, or an unmade bed.
Take Photos During The Day
Taking photos of your home at night can make photos appear somewhat creepy, and the lack of natural lighting won't do any of the rooms justice. Take photos during the daytime while there is plenty of light pouring into your windows. More light can help make the rooms in your home appear larger and can highlight features such as crown molding. If you need more light, be sure to use a flash or bring in extra lights to help brighten a dark room.
Stand In Doorways
Stand in doorways when taking photographs of any room to give a full view of a room. For smaller rooms, use a wide-angled lens to get the full view without making the room look smaller than it is.
Get Up High
To help highlight things like tall ceilings or open vaulted ceilings, stand up high on a ladder or on a landing to take photos of the room below.
Angle Outdoor Photos
Take outdoor photos at an angle so you get the entire view of your home. Angling the photo can also help to include a portion of the side and back of the house while including the entire view of the yard. Stand across the street if need be to get this view and even up on a ladder if that helps.
Great listing photos are important in helping to lure in potential buyers to get a closer look at your home. Take the time to invest in good quality photos.