Like everything else in the digital age of the 21st century, potential home buyers use online resources to look for their perfect dream home. High-quality photos and videos have become essential elements of the home selling process. Success may very well depend on using the right staging techniques for photos that get your house sold.
Well shot real estate photography can show off every aspect of your home in the very best light. People browsing available homes are drawn to dynamic, engaging photos of home interior and exterior areas that are inviting and welcoming.
The following are some important techniques and tips when taking photographs of your home is put on the market.
Maximize Curb Appeal
The exterior of your home will be responsible for making your home’s first impression on prospective buyers. The outside photos used to present your home should maximize the curb appeal of your home in the sharpest and cleanest condition.
Exterior walls should look clean and fresh, the lawn should be free of toys, sports equipment, and toys. Remove cars and bikes from the driveway and put away garden hoses, and any other maintenance or gardening items.
Let the Light Shine In
Take advantage of the natural light that pours into your home to give your photos added dimensions. Timing the photos to capture the sunrise and/or sunset can enhance exterior views and specialized interior lighting.
It is important to build in buffer time to give you and your photographer the flexibility to take the photos in the best possible lighting conditions. Overcast days may help to reduce struggles with shadows, but a clean, blue cloudless sky still presents the best looking backdrop to show your home in its best light.
Remove All Signs of Life
You’ll want to make the photos of your home look like you live there, just not at the moment the picture is taken. Avoid anything outside the basic furniture that might distract from the positive qualities of the home you are showcasing.
Place excess furniture and personal items out of view and remove piles of magazines, remote controls, family photos, and random clothes or toys. Free your refrigerator from magnets, drawings, and honey-do lists. Make sure all framed photos and artwork is hung using a level and evenly spaced.
Put Down the Toilet Seats
It sounds like beyond common sense, but it is important to make sure the toilet seats are down in all bathrooms to be photographed! This will also remind you to put away toiletries and other personal items from vanity, shower, and toilet areas.
Clean the bathroom mirrors and shower curtains, and put away items like shower mats, extra toilet paper rolls, and toothbrush stands. Laundry room areas should be free of laundry baskets and laundry room countertops should be free of clothes and detergent.
Hire a Pro
Most people carry the best camera they have ever owned in their pocket in the form of their smartphone. Modern technological advances have improved the quality of the cameras in cell phones dramatically in recent years. Features like zoom, focus, and portrait modes allow the average person the chance to take photos that can come close to professional quality.
Close, but not quite. A professional real estate photographer will have experience in a wide variety of staging techniques for photos that get your house sold. The cost will be well worth it if it means getting the best price for your home.
Corey Tyner is the owner of Arizona land buyers, and Phoenix fast sell home buyers. He is one of the top real estate investors in Arizona with over a decade of experience. His work has been featured on Bigger Pockets, Real Estate Agent Magazine, and several other real estate investor publications.