I live in a beautiful golf course community in Northwest Indiana. The back of our home directly faces north, with a wonderful view of the last four holes of this golf course. While the vistas are spectacular, almost any time and day of the week, last Saturday morning had something special to enjoy. The rain was falling in a very steady manner, and the sun was peeking-out from behind the morning clouds to the east. Nature was providing one of the most striking rainbows that I had ever seen, primarily since the angle of the sun and rain gave great color and I was able to see both ends of the rainbow. While there was no pot of gold, it was worth the opportunity to take a great picture and always have that moment.
I tell that story because I was looking at pictures on-line of various homes and properties on our realtor website this weekend. I continue to be in astonishment at how poorly some of the pictures of listed homes, lots, rooms, and front elevations appear on-line. There was one home that had a garbage can placed right in the middle of the driveway, with the side elevation of the listed home. Another picture had a vacuum cleaner right smack in the middle of the Kitchen Nook for everyone to enjoy. There are horrible pictures of front elevations, and some listings don't have any pictures at all!
Now, I don't claim to be a professional photographer, but I know that a good picture can speak a thousand words. It is interesting the correlation between a good realtor and their pictures and a poor realtor and their pictures. Representing one of the finest builders here in Northwest Indiana, we have spent a lot of time putting great pictures of our front elevations, various rooms, and properties on our website. Even when we have a prospective homeowner that cannot visualize a particular floor plan, I show them pictures of similar homes and how room dimensions and finishes can appear.
The winter months are right around the corner, especially here in Northwest Indiana. If you are even considering selling your home in the next year, take some great pictures of your current home, especially with the fall colors in place. Take the interior pictures on a day that is preferably cloudy or overcast - it reduces a lot of the glare. If you are a realtor, make sure that the pictures you are showing on-line tell the real story. And yes, the picture of the rainbow view will someday adorn our listing!