It's Time for the Snow to GO in Those Listing Pictures!

Home Stager with HouseSetters Home Staging Services


Great advice! No one likes to do double-work but a new exterior picture without mounds of snow should be on everyone's To Do List! It was a difficult winter with no place to put the snow, so many photos are not very flattering.

The leaves will be on the trees shortly so new exterior shots will have the added benefit of hiding neighboring properties. And, while you're at it, consider suggesting home staging to the homeowner. Now is the time when your listing will get renewed interest so why not showcase it with staging? Refer your clients to HouseSetters website to educate themselves about staging and see 200 Before and After photos.  A well-informed seller will be more likely to understand the importance of using every possible option to showcase their house!



Original content by Barbara Altieri RES.0781237

It's Time for the Snow to GO in Those Listing Pictures!

We've had a particularly rough winter here in Connecticut.  We were hit with multiple snow events in succession with little time to come up for air.  Piles of snow were several feet high with payloader assistance required in many cases.

Now, it's April.  I still see a few small remnants around from those massive snow piles in parking lots. The rain will take care of that. 

However, I am still seeing snow in pictures on the MLS.  Who is taking care of that?

I listed a condo in February that had a huge pile of snow right in the front of the unit. I tried and tried to get a good picture.  I slid down icy snow mounds.  I stood up high off the side of my SUV.  I tried all angles, and this is the best anyone could get. 


Then I waited and waited for that snow pile to melt so I could post a new picture.  I even contemplated shoveling the snow out of there myself.  (temporary insanity)  I went back multiple times and finally came up with this.  Now, doesn't this look better? 


Well, it looked so much better we are under contract. 

Moral of the story - Keep pictures current.  If the snow is gone, the MLS pictures should reflect that.  If a listing is going up now, update the pictures when everything is in bloom.  Also, there should be absolutely NO SNOW pictures in the summer!

It's Time for the Snow to GO in Those Listing Pictures!


Barbara Altieri, REALTOR
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Comments (5)

Michael Kitsch
Coldwell Banker - Katy, TX
We don't have the snow issue here - Houston, Texas
Apr 08, 2011 03:15 PM
Sonja Patterson
Keller Williams - BV - College Station, TX
Texas Monthly 5-Star Realtor Recipient for the Hou

Good advice!! MUCH better without the snow, Linda!  I am glad your clients received a contract!

Apr 08, 2011 03:18 PM
Ron Marshall
Marshall Enterprises - Saint Michael, MN
Birdhouse Builder Extraordinaire

I work with agents who don't allow snow in their listings.  Honest.  If they list a house in the winter, they ask permission of the homeowners who might have taken shots of their homes in summer to use them in the MLS.  If all else fails, they get the best shot they can of the exterior and try to crop it to show just the house and the walk.

Apr 08, 2011 03:27 PM
Maria Couto
RE/MAX Premier - Berkeley Heights, NJ
Realtor with "Results That "MOVE" You'

I agree, if nothing else change the picture just for the SEO. I change something on my listings every 2 weeks. Nice post.

Apr 08, 2011 03:41 PM

Hi Cheryl--wish we didn't have snow--I LOVE the Northeast but am really "done with" snow!

Thanks Sonja.

Ron--I LOVE THAT!!! Don't allow snow! Clearly it can date a photo. If it is April and the photos still have snow, it is like showcasing your house as "the one that has been on the market a long time!".

Maria--Interesting idea--better SEO. Is that just for your agency website or third parties too?

Apr 09, 2011 01:50 AM