It is understandable in the age of tight budgeting that when it comes to selling your home, you want to try doing it yourself first so you do not have to pay a real estate agent any commission. As someone who has decided to go down this path, the first thing you need a lesson on is how to photograph your home so it outshines the competition when you advertise it online. These three tips will help you take residential home photographs that are comparable to those from a professional photographer.
Keep It Simple
While some photographers choose to take home photographs and then amp them up using different special effects, these are actually quite off-putting to a house buyer. A person who is interested in your home wants to see what it really looks like, so this is what you must remember when you start taking photos of your home.
Instead of using special effects or filters to change the look of your house, choose to use time of day and photograph angles to give natural and simple excitement to the interior and exterior of your home. For example, if you take an exterior nighttime photo with the curtains open and the lights on, your house will look inviting to viewers.
Unclutter Your Space
Every home buyer understands there is a family living in your house, but if you want to show off your home's interior in its best light, then you need to unclutter the space. The more "things" you have in the photograph, the smaller the room is going to seem.
This does not mean you need to take everything out of the room to make it look larger, but there are a couple of things you can do to make it look bigger:
- Clean the toys and clutter off the floor so the floor area is clean.
- If you have rugs in the room, consider removing them for the photographs so the floor space looks larger.
- Take the photo during the daytime when the light is bouncing off the walls. Late afternoon shoots contain too many shadows, and this makes a room look smaller.
Include Interior And Exterior Photographs
You need to provide enough photos to whet the appetite of a potential buyer, and to do this, you need to take both inside and outside photos of your home. If you only provide one or the other, a buyer naturally becomes suspicious you are trying to hide something.
You don't have to photograph every single corner of the house, but you do need to provide shots of all the main rooms of the home to help it sell. The rooms of most interest to many buyers are the kitchen, bathroom and sleeping areas.
If you are struggling to get great photos even after using these tips, then you may want to hire a professional real estate photographer to do this task for you.