As I was looking for homes the other day I came across a picture in the MLS that blew me away. It was the main picture of the home. I had not seen anything like this before and was flabbergasted by it. I mean, the Realtor that is selling this house must have no idea what gossip must be going on about this peculiar photo. If the owner of the house has not seen this photo yet, they are going to be thrilled.
This is the perfect example of what NOT to do. This is not your ideal featured picture for your home. First of all, a big yellow Penske truck blocking half of the house is a big no no! At least make it a U-Haul.
“A picture is worth a thousand words,” especially, when you’re trying to sell your home. You have the opportunity for thousands of homebuyers to see your home. You want it to look spectacular. The aforementioned photo is like wearing jeans and a t-shirt to Prom, you look awkward and everyone is going to laugh at you, unless of course you’re Jesse Katsopolis (Full House).
Curb appeal makes the difference between a prospective buyer stopping for a look, or moving on. Clear the front and back yard of toys, bikes, sports equipment and anything else that could be a distraction. Also be sure that shrubs are trimmed, weeds and past-their-prime annuals are removed, and the lawn mowed. If your car is usually parked in the driveway, park it along the street, away from your home, while photographing. Vehicles parked in the driveway block part of the view and detract from your homes overall visual impact.
A slightly overcast day provides optimum shooting conditions for exterior photography, as bright sunlight causes high-contrast light and shadowed areas on portions of your home and yard, and creates glare off of windows and metal trim. Should the weather not cooperate, stand within photo-taking distance of your home at different times of day to establish the best light conditions.
When photographing the exterior, position yourself to take the shot on a slight angle. You can also get down on one knee to take the picture at a slightly upward angle. Photographing from these positions will make the home appear larger and better show its character than a straight-on photo taken from a standing position, which tends to produce an image that looks “flat” and uninteresting.