They say that first impressions last a lifetime, and this could very well be true when it comes to buyers laying eyes on the perfect family home for the first time. To increase the chances that a buyer will fall in love at first sight with your property, you’ll need to impress them with a good first impression. Before buyers come to view any property, they will first get these impressions from listing photographs. As a result, these photographs are of the utmost importance, because they could be the deciding factor between a buyer deciding to come visit your home or not.
To help make this good first impression, you’ll want to work with an experienced real estate agent to highlight the finer details of your home.
Professional Photographer or DIY?
You may choose to hire a professional photographer to help you take the most effective photographs, but it’s also possible to do it yourself. There are many benefits associated with hiring a property photographer. They will have extensive experience in the industry, and will know how to make the most of your property for the photo shoot. A professional photographer will have state-of-the-art equipment to create the highest quality images, and can manipulate them during post-production to make them look clean, bright, and stylish. Yet it’s also possible to save money by taking your own photos. Should you choose to take this route, there are a few simple tips that can help you enhance your images. This can make a world of difference, transforming your amateur snapshots into efficient marketing tools.
Photography Tips for Individual Rooms
The following are a few tips for photographing each individual room:
Because this is the part of the home where a family spends the majority of their time, be sure to create a comfortable, relaxing atmosphere. You can move furniture around or remove it altogether, to create the desired effect.
This is also a very important part of the home. It’s where the owner will begin and end each day, and should be a private and restful sanctuary. As you prepare your bedroom for the photo shoot remove clothes from the floor. Buyers want to see a clean slate, not your private items. Make sure you’ve made the bed neatly and have highlighted any extra perks, such as a stunning view out the window.
Kitchen and Dining Area:
This is usually an area that can benefit from a little bit of extra cleaning before a photo shoot. Remove any detergents or other household cleaning products, and tidy away dirty dishes. Focus on the best features to detract from a small space, if applicable.
Even a large bathroom can seem quite small in a photograph if shot from the wrong angle. Stand in the corner of the room to get the right angle, and make the room look larger. Take care not to accidentally include a photograph of yourself in the mirror!
The Photo Shoot
After you’ve prepared the house thoroughly, you’ll be ready for the big day. One thing to keep in mind when you’re actually shooting is to keep the lines of the walls straight. This can be a problem with wide-angle lenses, which can make walls look like they are bulging outwards. Make sure that you have plenty of options to choose from by taking a variety of shots from different angles and positions. Don’t be afraid to play around with the zoom function of your camera to create close-ups, which can sometimes provide a more attractive view of fine details.
As you shoot the exterior of the home, you’ll need to ensure that you have even lighting. A good time of day to shoot the house is around noon, when the sun will be shining directly on the home from above. If you don’t shoot at this time, make sure that the sun is behind you as you shoot so that you can avoid glare. You’ll also need to be mindful of your shadow creeping into the shot. Shooting your home at sunset or during twilight can create a beautiful and evocative atmosphere, casting a warm and inviting glow. You can even consider shooting your photo at dusk with all of your lights on. This will create a stunning contrast between the brightly-lit house and the approach of evening.
The principles of exterior photography are the same as interior photography. You’ll need to remove any clutter from the yard before you shoot, clearing away toys, hose pipes, and lawnmowers. Focus on details of interest such as garden statues or swimming pools, and angle your shot to avoid unsightly details like telephone poles or electrical towers. If you’re feeling adventurous, you could even try a different angle by climbing a ladder or your car to shoot from a higher vantage point.
Presenting your Property
The beauty of digital cameras is that you don’t have to worry about the cost of film. You can now take as many photos as you like. It’s best to have as many photos as possible to pick and choose from, to ensure you get the most flattering and unique shots. Photo editing software can help you adjust the colour balance and get rid of any accidental blemishes. However, take care not to edit photos so much that they misrepresent your property. Include as many photos as possible in your real estate listing. Buyers may suspect that you are trying to hide flaws if you only have one or two photos.
With great, professional photographs of your home, you could end up having a quicker sale. You’ll also want to have a real estate agent on your side who knows how to make the most of the interest that these photographs attracts .Start the process of selling your home by hiring an agent to get your sale off the ground.