There’s no doubt about it, photos of your listings can make a huge difference. The right photos on your website can bring you buyers as well as impress your seller. Poorly done photos often send potential buyers away, and can annoy your seller no end. Of course, when you decided to get into real estate, you probably didn’t think you’d have to become a photographer as well. Fortunately you don’t have to become an expert. Today’s cameras, including those on newer cell phones will let you take good pictures of your listings without much hassle at all. Here are my favorite tips for photos on your website:
Don’t ever post a bad pictureIt happens. You’re rushing and your photos show it. They are dark, or out of focus or just plain wrong. Take a deep breath and delete those. Now, go back to the property, even if it has to be a day or two later, and spend a bit more time actually taking the pictures. Poor photos will do more harm than good.
Put the toilet seat lid downI don’t think I’m alone in this. A bathroom with the toilet seat down just looks more together somehow. Also helps to straighten towels – for the same reason.
Make sure there’s enough lightDark photos that obscure details can be worse than no photos at all because they frustrate the viewer. Take photos during the day if possible, and open some curtains. You don’t want glare, but you do want clarity.
Ask the owner to remove distracting objectsIt’s amazing how many distractions can show up in a photo. Today alone I found:
- a bicycle propped up on a fireplace
- a sink full of dirty dishes
- a laundry room with lots of presumably dirty clothes
- glare coming off a monitor
- broken kids toys in a backyard