Make Your Home Magazine-Worthy
Whether you’re an agent or a person trying to sell his own home, it’s imperative that you make a big first impression, and having good photography skills is the best (and maybe only) opportunity that you will have to do just that. A listing with pictures attracts a lot more attention than one without.
Taking professional-looking photos of your home sounds easy enough, but the reality is —amazing pictures take amazing effort.
Here are few simple tips for making your home photos magazine-worthy
Before snapping any photos, take a look around. The house should be clean and free of clutter. This will allow prospective buyers who are seeing the pictures to imagine their things in the home instead of seeing too much of someone else’s. Give prospective buyers a clear view of the potential.
When it comes time to start photographing the home, one of the most important factors to consider is lighting. When taking exterior photos, check the weather. Certain weather conditions will allow for clean and clear shots. Always keep the sun behind you; never photograph the front when the sun is behind the house since this will create a glare and shadows.
Also, have people and pets leave or go inside the house; no vehicles in the driveway, no seasonal decorations, trash or toys and have a manicured yard; Check windows to make sure curtains, blinds and shades are open to create a welcome look. If possible, avoid having telephone poles, electrical lines and dumpsters in the photo. Take the photo from an angle instead of directly from the front; this allows viewers to see the depth of the home.
Interior shots are best taken when there is natural sunlight. Take photos on a sunny day and be sure to open curtains to allow as much natural light in as possible. Turn on all the lighting sources in the room such as lamps and overhead fixtures; layered lighting creates an overall sense of warmth. The most important rooms to showcase are the master bedroom, kitchen, living room and bathrooms. Make sure these rooms are clean and clear of clutter.
The right photography equipment is worth the investment. Even if you have invested in the right type of camera, you made still need to spruce up the photograph(s). There are several apps available such as Adobe Photoshop that can help you erase any flaws from the photo.
Be sure to take a LOT of photos. When it comes to listings, photographs are very important to help sell your home.