Seeing Your Home Through the Eye of a Camera

Home Stager with Rooms With Style

 You may never have thought of this but when you go to sell your home you should. This is the first way a potential buyer will see your home.....through the eye of a camera lens.


That MLS photo is small yet it is capturing an entire room. What will the buyer see in that photo?


Will they see your things? Their eyes going to the tops of cabinets where they don't need to be.





Or will the buyer's eyes focus in on your beautiful granite?




Will their eyes bounce from nick-knack to nick-knack.....wondering what that thing in the corner is? Or wonder how they could possibly seat enough people in the room?







These are not photos where all new beautiful furnishings were brought in. These photos are using what you have but making it look better by editing your items and using them differently.


Other things to ask yourself:


1. Are they going to get done looking at the photos online and have no idea what the architectural features even are?


2. Will they see a formal dining room that can hold their family for Thanksgiving or a small table with 4 chairs around it because that's all you need to seat at the table?


building-plan-354233_640     On a MLS photos they don't grasp the size of a room. And many don't take the time to look at the dimensions of the room but for many it wouldn't really matter anyway. A 12 x 13 room may not mean much more to them than a 15 x 17 room and they aren't taking the time to map it out at this point.


So photos do matter! When in doubt,  snap a photo of your rooms with your phone and look at it. What do you see? Where do your eyes land first? Hopefully they land on the best feature of the room.



And by the snapped with a phone or Ipad shouldn't be the photos on MLS. Professional Real Estate photos only please. Yes....again it matters!     blonde-1503202_640


If you need assistance in getting your home in top selling condition for those professional photos, hire a trained and certified Home Stager.




Re-Blogged 2 times:

Re-Blogged By Re-Blogged At
  1. Lyn Sims 02/16/2020 10:18 AM
  2. M.C. Dwyer 02/23/2020 09:37 AM
Home Selling
Minnesota Hennepin County Minneapolis
Almost Anything Goes
Club Chaos
Posts to Localism
home staging tips minneapolis
home staging minneapolis
home staging
selling your home minneapolis

Spam prevention
Show All Comments
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

I just said these very same things to s seller last week

Feb 11, 2020 04:37 AM #21
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

I am seeing more and more bad MLS photos which is why I love to go over this with all my seller sto get the home ready for the best possible photos possible .

Feb 11, 2020 04:59 AM #22
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

The difference is obvious with your photos above - preparing a home properly is key to getting it sold quickly!

Feb 11, 2020 06:04 AM #23
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

So important to consider that most showings today are online, only if those photos capture interest will it turn into a physical showing.

Feb 11, 2020 07:54 AM #24
Laura Filip
Laura Filip Broker , Opening doors for All Seasons of Life - Whitesboro, TX
What can we do for you today?

Good day to all yes it is very important to show the home in a good light. 

Our rural area does not give way to professional photos, they come from the city and it takes a while for them to get out this way. 

Feb 11, 2020 08:15 AM #25
Gwen Fowler-864-916-2019 SC Mountains Lakes Homes
Gwen Fowler Real Estate, Inc - Salem, SC
Gwen Fowler Real Estate, Inc.

Thanks for sharing some great pointers. Love the comparisons. 

Feb 11, 2020 10:13 AM #30
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Shar:

Great post - this is right on target. I usually talk with my sellers (or prospective sellers) about this and when visiting on that first appointment offer to take photos with my camera, or ipad, so we can see, right now, how things looking a camera as we discuss the necessary changes.

Many sellers are also buying and they are checking out listings so they get the talk about what buyers see online pretty readily. It's a real eye opener. It's very different living with your home than looking at it through a camera's eye!


Feb 11, 2020 08:14 PM #37
Sham Reddy CRS
H E R Realty, Dayton, OH - Dayton, OH

Good photos has a much more impact on selling your home before the buyers even make an appointment to visit the house

Feb 12, 2020 04:09 AM #38
Erik Hiss
Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty - Worthington, OH
You can trust me for all your real estate needs!

Good stuff! I can't believe some of the awful photos I see in homes these days with all the improvements we've made in the photography category. But even with a nice camera you need to know how to take a photo and staging is HUGE as well. 

Feb 12, 2020 08:31 AM #39
Stanford Mead
Summit Home Buyers, LLC - Salt Lake City, UT
Home Buying Professionals in SLC, Utah

Shar Sitter great information. I wish we had staged our last house. It was fully renovated, so the pictures looked really nice. But, it was lacking that "homey" feel that furnishing and decor would have provided.

Feb 12, 2020 10:54 AM #40
Mimi Foster
Falcon Property Solutions - Colorado Springs, CO
Voted Colorado Springs Best Realtor

I love the idea of using your cell phone to get a perspective of what it's going to look like. And what a difference it made taking the objects off the top of the cupboards! But I especially loved your little marketing video. What a great tool. Good to see you! 

Feb 13, 2020 07:14 PM #43
Susan McCall - - Compass Realty Solutions
Compass Realty Solutions - Portland, OR
Listing and Buyer's Agent

Great idea to get the seller thinking about how the home will look.  We all live with our stuff around us every day, it feels comfortable and many times we are used to the way it presents, or not.  I've had push back from tons of family photos all over.  Buyers get hung up on looking at the photos and not the house.

Feb 13, 2020 09:02 PM #44
M.C. Dwyer
Century 21 Showcase REALTORs - Felton, CA
MC Dwyer-Santa Cruz Mountains Property Specialist

Congratulations on getting your post featured!!!    Photos 3 and 4 are amazingly useful to describe the benefits of staging.    I absolutely LOVE your video!

Shar Sitter may I have your permission to reblog this?

Feb 14, 2020 09:12 AM #45
Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

A picture does more than a thousand words and your photo comparisons make the point hit home every time.  Great Post!  Well deserved FEATURE! 

Feb 14, 2020 02:41 PM #46
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate

Shar, great idea with that pre-photo. I know many times when I photograph a room, you suddenly see a vase that shouldn't be a focal point in the room. Good post.

Feb 16, 2020 10:12 AM #47
Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

Hi Shar, your post is excellent, and your use of before and after photos make the point perfectly. I'm glas it was re-blogged by Lyn Sims 

Feb 16, 2020 10:48 AM #48
Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes - Kansas City, MO
Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area

One of my pet peeves--photos of listings shot with an Iphone. those agents that don't use a  professional photographer are doing a disservice to the seller, in my opinion.  

Feb 17, 2020 08:59 AM #49
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

Great examples of how to make big changes by doing some small things. 

Feb 20, 2020 06:16 PM #50
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Staging is so critical especially when it comes to the photos.  After all, that is the first showing. 

Feb 23, 2020 12:25 PM #51
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Oh the stuff on top of the cabinets is one of my biggest pet peeves.


Sellers should take photos of every room. It helps them to understand what buyers are going to be seeing, both on MLS and in person at showings.

I've actually taken photos with my phone on the spot to help my sellers better understand a point I was making about replacing or removing items. It works!


Feb 25, 2020 07:27 AM #52
Show All Comments

What's the reason you're reporting this blog entry?

Are you sure you want to report this blog entry as spam?


Shar Sitter

Home Staging and Redesign Minneapolis/ St. Paul, M
Email today to find out about our Home Staging Services.

Additional Information