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?
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:
- Highlight the distinct areas in your yard.
- Stage areas with flower pots etc, in order to create impressive visual impact.
- Enhance outdoor areas by making them look livable. Outdoor furniture is a must.
- Find the right timing in taking pictures. No shadows should fall on the object of the photo.
- 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.