An Online Estate Agent’s Guide to Taking Pictures That Will Sell Your Home

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Most people start their search for a new home online and this is why you need to list your home on the online property sites.  However, simply having a listing will not be enough to sell your home.  You need to have high-quality pictures that sell your house to any potential buyers.  Listings that do not have any pictures or that have poor quality pictures will often be skipped and this is something that you want to avoid.

Use Natural Light

Light is important when you take pictures of your home, but you should avoid using too much artificial light.  Having all of the lights on in a room can brighten it, but people will notice this in the pictures and assume your home is usually dark.  This is very off-putting and could result in your home being passed up.

It is better to make use of the natural light that your home gets when you take pictures.  Open all of the curtains and tie them back to allow as much light in as possible.  It is recommended that you take your pictures when there is sunlight in the rooms, but not when the sun is too low.  Natural light will make the rooms brighter and appear airier in the pictures.

Go Lower

Most people do not take their pictures at the right height or angle and this can distort the room.  If you are not 5 foot 4 inches, you are probably going to be taking the pictures at the incorrect angle.  Fortunately, this can easily be rectified by going a bit lower and taking a knee when you use your camera.  

When you take a lower shot, you will be able to fit more into the frame.  You will also get an image that showcases the room better without all the ceiling and flooring in it.  Of course, you will need to know how to take the pictures correctly.

When in a kneeling position, you should look at taking a wider shot.  These shots will allow you to get more of the room into the shot.  You will also make the room look larger which is attractive to all buyers.

Showcase The Houses Character

If you have some items of character in your home such as the original moulding, you need to showcase this.  While you should not fill your picture gallery with these close-up shots, adding some will draw buyers.  Close-up shots will showcase the beautiful windows or stained glass windows that make your home different.  

These character shots will draw people who want this in their home.  This is important because they will already be very interested in your home before they view it in person.  When you are taking these shots, you should try a few angles to find the one that highlights the desirable details the best.  Original moulding can be taken from the side unless you want to showcase the patterns which need to be taken from head-on.

Get Some Plants

Plants are a great way to add some life to your interior pictures particularly for rooms which have neutral colours.  When you have plants in the pictures, you can break the lines and colour while adding a lived-in feel.  However, you should not use the plant that you have neglected for your pictures.

The plants should be perked up before they are placed for the picture.  This means that you have to clear any dead leaves and dust large leaves with a soft cloth.  Also, ensure that the plants are in pots that are not too distracting for the viewer.

Remove The Clutter

Clutter makes a room look small and will make it hard for potential buyers to get a feel for the house.  This is why you need to remove as much clutter as possible before you start taking pictures.  This is important in all rooms including the kitchen.

When you clear the kitchen, you should ensure that your counters are completely clutter free. You should only have the bare necessities on the counters such as the coffee machine and one other small appliance.  In the other rooms of the house, you need to ensure that clothing is all put away and that books and other keepsakes are in the right place.

This article has been contributed by the UK’s leading online estate agent – Griffin Residential.


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