The Importance of Good Photography When Selling Your Home
When the time comes to list a home for sale, the vast majority of sellers or their agents take pictures of their property. Photographs help entice buyers by showing off the strengths of the house and by making the home look attractive. These photographs are included in the MLS listing and are posted in various other boards on the Internet, to draw attention to the property.
Photo Benefits for the Home for Sale
There are many benefits of using real estate photography when listing an Alexandria home. Real estate photography gives buyers a sense of what a home looks like and whether or not that house has features that a home buyer may want. This helps ensure that only home buyers who come to preview the home are interested and motivated. Pictures also help interest buyers who might not otherwise come look at the home.
Professional or DIY?
One of the things that home sellers or their agents must ask themselves is whether or not they should take their own pictures or have a professional take those pictures. Often, DIY photographs are flat and less attractive than professional photographs. Professionals know how to make rooms look large, airy and full of possibility. Home sellers who want to take their own pictures should be careful to ensure that the pictures they take are of good quality and revealing. This usually means NOT taking them with a cell phone, but a professional camera - something few people actually own in today's modern world.
How to Take Your Own
Home sellers or their agents who may desire to take their own photos can do so by following these suggestions:
- Take pictures of every room.
- Take many pictures of each room, from different angles.
- Use a good camera.
- Clean the room before taking the pictures.
- Turn on all the lights to ensure that the room is well-illuminated.
- Take many pictures of the exterior as well as the interior.
- Boost curb appeal before taking the pictures.
Avoid taking pictures of the home that may show off less attractive features. The point of the pictures is to show off the most attractive qualities. When the photo shoot is over, there should be many photos. These photos can then be sorted and pared down to the best ones. This helps ensure that each room is presented in the best light.
For more information about how you can take pictures of your home, talk to your real estate agent. Your agent can help you take pictures, take them for you or will recommend a professional photographer who will get then take the professional photos.