Real Estate Photos Worth a Thousand Words

Real Estate Agent with CENTURY 21 Regency Realty

Great Real Estate Photos


They say that a picture is worth a thousand words and this holds especially true with real estate photos. Photographs show the viewer a glimpse inside the home, allowing them to determine if they are interested enough to request further information or a viewing.  The viewer can see specific details such as; the layout of the home, wall colors, and the materials used on floor coverings and counter tops, dishes in the sink, and clothes on the floor and well kept lawns. Photos and virtual tours are a driving marketing force in the sale of a home and it is important that these photos help, not hinder the sale.

•1.  Tidy up. Your photos are an open house 24/7. Clean up, declutter. As you prepare, go through each room tidying up. Items on counter tops such as the basket of bills in the kitchen the toiletries on the bathroom counter should be removed. Tables and counters will show best with just a few tastefully selected items. Pick up and put away children's toys, clothes, dishes, and all taste specific decorations. 

•2.    For example, the duck collection in the kitchen or the numerous college football team banners.  It is also important to take down family photographs.  Prospective buyers need to picture themselves in the home without the distraction of who currently lives there. Don't forget to check for burned out light bulbs, they really stand out in a photographs.  

•3.    Please do not have other workers such as housekeeping, lawn crews, pool cleaners, or repairmen at the home during photographing. If you desire to have housekeeping or lawn work done ahead of time, as a real estate professional I will be glad to work with you on the best possible time to photograph your home.  

•4.    Some pets love to pose for the camera. But others are uncomfortable with equipment or strangers. Please plan ahead for pets by placing them in a kennel, or at a friend's home, or a doggy day care. Also, remove all pet bowls or litter pans before the property is photographed.   

•5.    What's on your fridge? The family photos and children's artwork on the refrigerator are fun to look at, however, it can often appear as clutter to the camera. Please plan to remove these items before your virtual tour. A clean front on the refrigerator always shows best in photographs.  You may have a great fridge magnet collection but it won't help sell your home.

•6.    If packing has begun, remove the boxes to an area which will not be photographed. Items stacked in the corner or tucked under the bed can show in the photos and this will keep your home from looking its best.  Try to have the photos taken before the movers come. They will looked better staged than empty rooms, that is unless you have to much clutter or really old furniture that does not go with the home.

•7.    Outside move summertime items such as bikes, skates and pool toys to a storage area. Plan to have the lawn mowed and edged. If summer heat has caused the grass to turn brown, try to water a couple of days in advance to give it a fresh look. Trim hedges and sweep walks and driveways to give a manicured and inviting appearance. Add a few flowering plants for extra curb appeal!  

•8.     Don't forget the pool. A sparkling, clear pool can inspire thoughts of summer fun and relaxation, even in the off season. However, green murky water can leave an impression too. Make sure your pool is an inviting asset to your home. Not just a hole in the ground requiring money to be thrown in.

•9.    Open your mini blinds and shades to allow as much light in as possible without having to use artificial lighting. Closet doors or garage doors should be closed. If you have a junk car in the yard or driveway get rid of it.  

•10.   Select and use the right agent, the right company, one who knows how to market your home professionally on the internet using professional quality Virtual Tours and Top notch photos.

 Are you looking for a real estate professional who knows the FORT RUCKER and Enterprise Alabama Real Estate market and can get the results you desire? Let me put my knowledge, experience, and dedication to work for you.


As you move towards a possible decision on selling your home, or purchasing a new home in the Wiregrass Area, I hope you'll contact me.

 Let me know if I can be of further help in the process.

VIRTUAL TOURS ON ALL MY LISTINGS, Ask me about Cyber Advertising.

Please forward to anyone who may be moving to Fort Rucker in the future.

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Karina Morgan

CENTURY 21 Regency Realty, Inc.
(334) 477-2694 

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Donna Harris
Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - - Austin, TX
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THose are some great tips that many sellers don't listen to.

Oct 12, 2009 01:10 PM #1
Gina Tufano
Ask Gina & Company with Pearson Smith Realty - Sterling, VA
Ask Gina & Company, Northern Virginia Real Estate

Great tips that definitely make significant difference between properties! Thanks for sharing!


Oct 12, 2009 01:13 PM #2
Karina Morgan
CENTURY 21 Regency Realty - Enterprise, AL

Thanks for taking time to stop by and comment.

My husband is my photographer and virtual tour helper. He uses Real Tour Vision.

I believe in putting Virtual tours on all of my listings, except vacant land.

Good luck in 2009


Oct 12, 2009 01:21 PM #3
Charles Perkins
Charles G. Perkins, CPA - Burien, WA

It's often the little things that make a difference. Great pictures give a seller a chance to bring more potential buyers in.  Greatly increasing the chance of selling a property.

Oct 12, 2009 01:36 PM #4
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