My clients and I are disappointed when it comes poor photos of houses that are listed.
TIPS for My Fellow Agents...
THIS IS REALLY IMPORTANT...
- Of course you should already know this...but make your clients clean their house.
- Take Photos on a Sunny Day!
- Use a Wide Angle Camera, or take two photos and stitch them together...ArcSoft Panoramic Maker...this makes rooms look so much bigger.
- Remove all artwork from the refrigerator in the photos and have your client remove or greatly reduce it for showings. (It looks much cleaner this way)
- Take 5-6 Photos of Each room at different angles and scrap the bad ones....use the great ones!
- Take photos of the Yard (or Pool) ...people really like yards and pools...they are exciting...most agents leave them out.
- When giving staging ideas to my clients I sometimes tell them to look at the "Pottery Barn" Catalog...if their house doesn't look similar...I tell them to keep buying things or re-arranging things...buy pillows, etc....does it look good in the pictures? NO??? Go to the store...=0)...(The Pottery Barn is Neutral enough to fit almost any ones taste)
- And Why do agents just put ONE Photo (OR EVEN WORSE NO PHOTO) in the MLS????? Put the maximum...or at least the maximum "good photos"
- It's alright to omit bad photos...but try to include the kitchens and baths at least.
- Are you good with computers? photoshop out utility poles, crop photos etc.
I hope this helps...I am writing this because I showed a great house today...and I had to practically force my client to look at it because the photos were so bad.
AND My clients always complain that there are NO PHOTOS and don't even want to see the house.
I have actually thought of offering my "Photo-taking Skills" to agents...how much would be appropriate to charge?...