Consumer Reports magazine recently reported that that nine out of 10 home buyers now use the internet at some point during their search to find a home, making web appeal critical when it comes to showing off your home. The internet is a visual medium, which means that the photos that you (or your realtor) use in the online property listing need to look great.
High quality photos really can make a big difference to your bottom line. With that in mind, using an iPhone or a point-and-shoot camera isn’t going to cut it. Like Consumer Reports notes, “an advanced camera is best for real estate photography because its larger sensor takes clear pictures even in low-light homes.” CR goes on to mention that a December 2013 study by Redfin found that “homes listed between $200,000 and $1 million that were shot with DSLR cameras sold for $3,400-$11,200 more than those photographed with basic point-and-shoot cameras.”
Tyra Bleek Photography takes pride in providing truly excellent professional photography to real estate agents in the Tri-Cities area. Our goal is to deliver crisp, high-contrast, and sharp pictures of the properties we photograph. However, taking great photos is also dependent on the preparation that a homeowner or agent devotes to a house before the photographer ever arrives. Here are five ways to prepare your house to guarantee the best shots:
1. Clean it up – Interior. I can certainly understand that selling your house has become a chore (not fun, I know), but the truth is – if your house isn’t clean for your photos then your web appeal will likely go down. Here’s a simple check list to make sure all is set for your photographer:
Thoroughly clean the whole house.
Vacuum carpets before my arrival.
Mop hardwood floors.
Clean windows (this is key).
Make all beds.
2. De-junk. Do a walk through and put away or hide: all or most kitchen appliances (coffee maker, toaster ovens, etc.), soap bottles, toothbrushes, hanging jackets, shoes, small rugs on the floor (these make the space look smaller) and etc. Clearing off your countertops makes your space seem bigger and will be more appealing to the eye.
3. Turn ON all lights and lamps. Make sure all bulbs are in working condition and are on. Indoor lighting will warm-up your space. Also, make sure all shades and blinds are open to bring in outside light.
4. Turn OFF all computer screens, TV’s, and fans.
5. Curb appeal – Exterior. Don’t neglect the outside. The front photo is usually the first photo buyers see, so be sure to pay attention to details that make a difference for the exterior as well.
Mow the lawn.
Close the garage.
Remove all cars from driveway and in front of home.
Put away garbage cans and kids’ toys.
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