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April 13, 2021

How to Take Professional-Looking Real Estate Photos

Here’s how to make sure your pictures show off your home effectively.

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Many buyers go online to check out home listings, which is why professional-quality photography is so important. You want to make a great first impression through your pictures, so there are a few things you should do to ensure your photos make the property look its best. Here are the primary do’s and don’ts to consider.

 

You can always hire a professional real estate photographer to capture the pictures for you, or you can simply do it yourself. If you choose to do it on your own, you need good photography equipment in order to get the “wow” factor you’re looking for. Avoid using your cell phone; instead, get a professional camera with a tripod. You should also use a wide-angle lens, as this can help you capture the entire room in one picture. You can also use lighting to ensure no areas are too bright or too dark. A diffuser is helpful, as this makes the light spread through the room evenly.

 

"People tend to click on the first five pictures, and then the click rate goes down dramatically, so make your first few really shine."

Some people use a drone to take aerial photography, but I don’t recommend it. How often will someone see their home from the sky? It’s not something that people really consider when purchasing a property—they want to know what it’s like to be inside, on the porch, or in the driveway. So, while drone shots are impressive, they’re unnecessary. 

 

When taking pictures, make sure to use diagonal angles that show off the entire room. If you take a picture from the middle of the room, you’ll cause buyers to experience tunnel vision. Don’t include pictures of half-bathrooms either, as it’s nearly impossible to get good photos in these cramped spaces.

 

Finally, avoid uploading more than 20 to 25 pictures. You can take a lot, and then sort through them later, but make sure not to overwhelm buyers with hundreds of photos. People tend to click on the first five pictures and then the click rate goes down dramatically, so make your first few really shine.

 

If you have any questions about photography or would like more information about real estate, feel free to reach out to me. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Posted in Home Selling
March 29, 2021

The Best Ways to Prepare Your Home for Showings

Here’s how to prepare your home for showings before you put it on the market.

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Before putting your home on the market, it’s wise to do a few simple things to your home to ensure you find a buyer in record time and sell for top dollar. There are a few critical areas you’ll want to look at; these will make your home attractive for showings and prepare it for professional photography, which will attract even more buyers to your listing.

 

The first and perhaps most important thing to do is to declutter your home. Basically, it’s time to get rid of all the “stuff” that’s filling up your home—things you don’t need, items that are filling rooms, etc. You can rent a portable storage unit through companies like PODS, which will make decluttering much easier. It allows you to remove any unneeded furniture from your home and stow it away for showings. This opens up your rooms, makes them look larger, and allows buyers to easily walk through your home.

 

Moving into the kitchen, you’ll want to remove everything from your countertops and ensure they are clean. You want the buyers to see the beautiful counters and the amount of space they’d be able to enjoy if they purchased your home. You can maybe leave a coffee machine, but try to remove any other unnecessary items and decorations. Take items off the cabinetry and stow them away in cabinets; make sure to do so in an organized, tidy way, as buyers will often go through cabinets, drawers, and closets to see how much space there is.

 

"If you follow these simple steps, your home will be in a perfect position for showings."

Buyers love a good master bedroom, so you want to make the best impression you can. Make sure the bed is made properly, and open the windows to ensure everything is nice and bright. Clean up the master bathroom, tidy the counters, and remove items like shampoo bottles, soap, and other hygiene products. Do the same in the home’s other bathrooms.

 

Additionally, it’s important to understand that rooms look best in neutral colors. Crazy, bright colors—reds, greens, oranges, and so on—may be perfect for your family or children, but it can be distracting to prospective homebuyers. You may want to consider some fresh paint in colors that don’t take a buyer’s attention away from your home.

 

If you follow these simple steps, your home will be in a perfect position for showings, and you’ll be more likely to get your property sold quickly. If you have any questions or would like more information about real estate, feel free to reach out to me. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Posted in Home Selling
July 31, 2017

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