Selling Your Home Next Year? Take Pictures NOW!

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Shore Properties 1005238

Backyard Winter

If you are contemplating selling your home within the next year, but aren't quite ready to take the plunge yet, I would highly recommend you take pictures, especially outside pictures, of your home now

We've all seen the listings fresh on the market in March with pictures of snow drifts not quite melted, pools covered, empty flower beds and dormant grass.  Not the most appealing scene.

But when we see pictures of a beautiful blue pool, vibrant flowers and green grass, it gives us a clear idea of what the property will look like in the summer...not the dead of winter.

On the right are two photos from my backyard; one I just took (without any staging) and one from a few months ago.  Which picture would you like on your listing?

Backyard Summer

The exterior photos are the most important. It's a good idea to have a great picture, since the exterior photo is the first and many times the only photo that buyers see on most websites and print publications, it's importance cannot be overstated.

Taking good pictures of your home for sale, you have the opportunity to expose your home to a wide variety of buyers. They mostly take interest basically through listing pictures. They judge a property, whether it deserves it or not, if it is presented in an aesthetically pleasing way.

If your home looks really exceptional through pictures, you are also creating a stimulus for a healthy competition among your buyers. They may think that since your property looks really good just through photos, a lot of other buyers will be intreseted in purchasing it.

Here are a few quick tips once you proceed to the shooting:

  1. Highlight the distinct areas in your yard.
  2. Stage areas with flower pots etc, in order to create impressive visual impact.
  3. Enhance outdoor areas by making them look livable. Outdoor furniture is a must.
  4. Find the right timing in taking pictures. No shadows should fall on the object of the photo.
  5. Tall, long and/or wide shots are preferable to make any space seem bigger.

If you are contemplating selling your home within the next year, but not this summer, I would highly recommend you take pictures of your home now.


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Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor
Sun Lakes Realty - Banning, CA
(909) 557-6966- Specialize 55+ Communties Banning

Great idea. I am taking pictures now while all the flowers are blooming so next year when I put it on the market, the MLS pics will be great.

Jun 24, 2011 05:39 AM #1
Deborah Varelis
Sato Real Estate, Inc - Anna Maria, FL

Really great idea!  I've suggested this post.  Thanks.

Jun 24, 2011 05:42 AM #2
Robert Rauf
HomeBridge Financial Services (NJ) - Toms River, NJ

Karl, Great tips, nothing says "stale" like snow photos mid summer!  even if you list in the winter time and dont have the outside photos, make sure your listing agent updates them when the snow melts!

Jun 24, 2011 07:48 AM #3
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