Seeing Your Home Through the Eye of a Camera

Reblogger Lyn Sims
Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Suburban

Photos are important in marketing your home.

Seeing what your home has to offer is also important. Here is a blog post from Shar Sitter an excellent stager offering her advice. I couldn't have said it better so take her advice.

When I bring buyers into a room, I often follow their eyes & see what they are looking at. I say 'look at those great granite counters' & watch them look at the giant pottery chicken on top of the cabinets. Is the chicken or granite more important to the sale?

Hope you say 'granite'! 

Hope you enjoy her post.

Original content by Shar Sitter

 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.



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Lottie Kendall
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No wonder you chose this post to re-blog, Lyn. It's powerful, especially the before and after pictures. What a difference!

Feb 16, 2020 10:47 AM #1
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
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That's funny about the giant chicken, but so true!

Feb 20, 2020 05:49 PM #2
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
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Wow! I love that you re-blogged this, Lyn! I actually have a seller that complained about removing her blue porcelain from atop her kitchen cabinets. I am going to share that very first picture with her because - before I even read the post, I glanced at the photo and never got past the 'stuff' atop the cabinets!

You are also spot-on that when we observe our buyers, it helps us better explain to sellers exactly how critical prepping for photos (and showings) really is.

Feb 24, 2020 06:01 PM #3
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Excellent advice from Shar!

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 07:25 AM #4
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