Agents-Buyers Aren’t the Only Ones Viewing Your MLS Photos
There has been a lot of emphasis placed on your MLS photos and rightly so. This is typically the first round of media exposure that your listing will receive. It’s where buyers go to begin their search.
However, possible buyers aren’t the only ones viewing, and judging, those photos.
Other agents, lenders, home inspectors, stagers and future clients as well will see these photos.
And as we’re all human, we may think…
Why in the world would the agent let these photos on the MLS?
Imagine all of the other thoughts that go through our heads.
Don’t get me wrong, I understand that not every listing will be a model home.
However, this is where you can set yourself apart from the other agents out there by taking the bull by the horns and making sure that your client’s property and YOUR listing are shown in the best possible light.
So even though you may not be able to convince your seller to do everything on your list, there are some things you can control…
~No MLS photo should have trash in it! Remove the wastebaskets and trash bags.
~No commode should have the seat up!
~No beds should be unmade
~No countertops should be overrun with items
~No laundry baskets with dirty laundry should be sitting out
~No small rugs should be left on the floors eating up space
~No cable cords crawling out of walls in vacant homes.
~No photos of you in the mirror taking a photo of the room
~No photos of creative (odd) angles that will make the viewer do wild contortions to view it
~No exterior photos of garbage cans in the driveway
~No rooms so dark that the viewer keeps reaching for a virtual lightswitch to see the room.
Here’s what you can do…
~Make sure you hire or use a professional photographer.
~Make sure all of the lights are on and window coverings are open
~Give your sellers a list that they can check off before the photographer comes. You may know what needs to be done, but you can’t take it for granted that they will.
Don’t forget...we’re watching you!