Having photos of a rental property when it is VACANT seems like a NObrainer if only for the documentation of the condition of the property before new renters move in.
Unfortunately, many DIY landlords do not take this step even with their smartyphone in their pockets, in their car, on the kitchen counter when the property is VACANT.
I frequently get calls from DIY landlords who want rental comps for the property they are about to put on the market. I ask them if their home is on Craigslist and I'll review it there for my knowledge of the market. They say they either....
1) Don't know about our local Craigslist or have heard BAD THINGS about SCAMS; OR
2) They are too busy to keep posting/formulating ads to deal with the rental listing roll
Now, I am sure there is a NEW generation of DIY landlords who have never thought of placing a classified rental ad in the local PRINTED newspaper. They may sell a car on AutoTrader or a "collectible" on eBAY; however, they do not know where or HOW to advertise their rental property.
Many know not to go on the local MLS * they realize that prospects know that is where UNsold homes have gone to market OVERpriced rentals for a tenant for a year until the agent RElists it for sale.
I am more than happy to tell them about POSTLETS as a FREE html for posting their listings AND give them pointers on Posting/Deleting and REposting; however...when they tell me they do not have photos OR need to take the photos with the tenants' furniture in place OR WAIT for interior photos of the property when it is vacant, I am surprised....really surprised.
These are photos from a CL ad of a DIY landlord who has gotten my FREE expertise and advice.
For ME, this is a NObrainer....HEY! DIY Landlords! TAKE THOSE PHOTOS!