Are Your Photos Helping or Hurting the Sale of Your Home?
“A picture is worth a thousand words.” – Frederick R. Barnard
One photograph can have a bigger impact on the sale of the home than the entire write-up. With the number of potential buyers searching for Charlotte homes for sale online, vivid photographs have sprouted everywhere. In fact, good photography can make the difference between having your home passed over and selling it.
If you’re considering adding your home to the online list of Charlotte homes for sale, you need to think about your photos – and those photos need to be good. Just like the home itself, the photos need to stand out from the crowd.
Here are a few photography tips for anyone taking shots of your lovely home:
Talk to your agent about what’s “hot” right now. Obviously, your strongest selling points are what buyers are looking for now. Two years ago, buyers were looking for fewer square feet, stepping away from the McMansions. Last year, it was decks, patios and outdoor hardscapes. This year, it could be your beautiful backyard with the play set. If you have a selling point, capitalize on it with fantastic photography.
Use the most favorable lighting. High noon sunlight is harsh and often highlights exterior problems that even you may not have noticed. When taking exterior pictures, select lighting that draws attention to the positive features. For instance, one of the most beautiful real estate images I’ve ever seen was a home with all the lights on. The sun was almost completely down and served to accentuate the beauty of the home.
Take as many pictures as you need to get the perfect shot. A shot that’s slightly twisted to the side may not seem like something to throw away, but it can distort the appealing lines of a home. Because photos are two dimensional and flat, even the slightest left or right slant can make the home look like it’s looming, falling in or disproportionate. Some shots are taken intentionally at an angle but, a much larger angle is used for effect and doesn’t appear as though the foundation is sinking on one side!
The ability to use photos to show off your home on the Internet has been a huge plus for those with Charlotte homes for sale. However, a poor photo can do more damage that having no photos at all. If you can’t seem to take a picture without the image blurring, slanting or looking distorted, hire a real estate agent who can get the job done for you.
Looking for a real estate agent who knows how to showcase your home in pictures? Give me a call or email me today.