7 Tips for Great Real Estate Photos

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Real Estate Services with Ark-La-Tex Virtual Media

They say that a picture is worth a thousand words and this holds especially true with real estate photos.  They show the viewer a glimpse inside the home allowing them to determine if it interests them.  The viewer can see everything from layout of the home to features such as counter top types, wall color, flooring type, dishes in the sink, clothes on the floor and well kept lawns.  Photos and virtual tours are a driving marketing force in the sale of a home and it is important that these photos help not hinder the sale.  Below are 7 tips for great real estate photos.

Tip 1: Tidy up. Your photos are an open house 24/7.  As you prepare, go through each room tidying up. Items on counter tops such as the basket of mail in the kitchen or the toiletries on the bathroom counter should be removed. Tables and counters will show best with just a few tastefully selected items. Pick up and put away children’s toys, clothes, dishes, items on the floors and furniture. All this can appear to be clutter in the camera. Don’t forget to check for burnt out light bulbs which can really stand out in a photograph.

Tip 2: Please do not have other workers such as housekeeping, lawn crews, or repairmen at the home during photographing. If you desire to have housekeeping or lawn work done ahead of time, your virtual tour company will be glad to work with you on the best possible time to photograph your home.

Tip 3: Some pets love to pose for the camera! But others are uncomfortable with equipment or strangers. Please plan ahead for your pets by placing them in a kennel or at a day care.

Tip 4: What’s on your fridge? The family photos and artwork on the refrigerator are fun to look at, however, it can often appear as clutter to the camera. Please plan to remove these items before your virtual tour. A clean front on the refrigerator always shows best in photographs.Master Bedroom overlooking the Lake

Tip 5: If you have begun packing, remove the boxes to an area which will not be photographed. Items stacked in the corner or tucked under the bed can show in the photos and this will keep your home from looking its best.

Tip 6: Outside move summertime items such as bikes, skates and pool toys to a storage area. Plan to have the lawn mowed and edged. If summer heat has caused the grass to turn brown, try to water a couple of days in advance to give it a fresh look. Trim hedges and sweep walks and driveways to give a manicured and inviting appearance. Add a few flowering plants for extra curb appeal!

Tip 7: Don’t forget the pool. A sparkling, clear pool can inspire thoughts of summer fun and relaxation, even in the “off” season. However, green murky water can leave an impression too. Make sure your pool is an inviting asset to your home.

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Jeana Cowie
Broker Associate, ABR, CRS, GRI, SRES
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Gary,

Thank you for posting. This is very helpful info. I saw one Realtor's mls front photo of a house that had 2 policemen walking in the front of the house. Who would ever publish that photo? But, they did.... Great advice. Thank you.

Jeana Cowie, Broker Associate/Realtor, Re/Max Real Estate Ltd., Bergen County, NJ

September 24, 2009 09:35 AM
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Gary and Rebecca Bolda
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Deb, true that the photos are viewed much more and are often the first impression that a buyer gets of the home. 

Jeana, LOL!  Maybe we need to add Tip 8:  Avoid photographing uniformed police officers patroling the area.  Just not the best first impression...

September 24, 2009 09:50 AM
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Jeana Cowie
Broker Associate, ABR, CRS, GRI, SRES
RE/MAX Real Estate Limited

Gary -

I knew you'd appreciate that one. Can you imagine? I guess the only thing worse would be if the policemen had their guns drawn.

Real Estate is never dull :)

September 25, 2009 12:38 PM
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I recently took a photo and did not realize that there was a public transportation bus that was passing by in front of the house! Caught it before I posted it. Little things do make a difference even if they are as big as a bus.

Good info Gary, thanks.

October 29, 2009 07:57 AM
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Thank you for sharing your blog; we need Real estate Professionals to share their comments and information regarding their markets and experiences. Thanks again from beautiful Sunny San Diego

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