Debbie Caniff's Blog
With the rise of home-buying apps for mobile phones, and websites, home sellers are taking it upon themselves to add their own photos of their homes. These websites make it easy for anyone to upload pictures, no matter what the quality. However, photos that are put on these websites that showcase your home make a huge difference in the appeal to buyers. The first thing a prospective home buyer will look at on a home profile will be the price, the second will be the pictures. Because it is such a determining factor, here are some things to think about when taking these photos. Lighting The right lighting makes a huge difference to any real estate photo. People often make the mistake of using flash inside to try and make the rooms look brighter. However, using natural light and taking pictures at the right time of day makes a world of difference. If you use a tripod to stabilize your camera, and use long exposure, you won't even need to put the lights on in the room to get a great shot. While you may think that a sunny day would be the best type of day to use natural light, a cloudy day actually works best. For shooting the exterior of your house, early morning, or later in the day would be the best time for good lighting. Staging Even though you may love how your living room is set up with the couch in the middle of the room, to buyers it is hard to see the space that they will be working with. Staging your rooms to create more space will bring buyers attention to the space, not your furniture. Keeping the staging simple will allow them to visualize what their own belongings will look in that space. On that note, make sure your house is tidied up before taking some snaps. Creativity With the rise in popularity of drones for taking pictures and videos, it might be worth it to invest in one for that extra pop of creativity in your home's profile. With the drone, you can really give the buyer a perspective of how big your house is, the yard, and the surrounding neighborhood. If you still can't seem to take the right pictures, consider hiring a real estate photographer to make your home look more appealing. Either way, whether you are taking the photos yourself, or hire a professional, keep the quality of your real estate photos in mind when building your home profile. It will make all the difference!