Photography. It’s the first impression you have to make for your home. Let’s face it, just about every home buyer out there is browsing through hundreds of pictures of homes during their search. If the photos do not leave the buyer with a positive emotion, chances are they will move on, or it will affect their perception of the house even before they’ve walked through the door. While professional photography often helps to sell a home faster and for more money, here are some ways that you can try it on your own without enlisting the help of a professional.
Turn off the flash and be patient
Walk through the house and determine when each room gets the most amount of natural light. Waiting for the lighting to be right in each room of the house is really important to getting the best photos of your home. It may mean shooting one part of the house in the morning and the other part in the afternoon but it will be well worth it. Pull back curtains and open up shades to let in as much natural light as possible, but avoid shooting directly in to the sunlight. It will darken the room. Try to shoot with the sunlight coming in behind the camera or from the side.
Edit the room
Don’t be afraid to move around furnishings and décor in a room to make the photo more attractive. Be sure to declutter the space and set aside any pieces that seem too bulky.
Experiment with different angles
We typically shoot at eye level since this is the position that is most comfortable for us. Try shooting with the camera below eye level about 4 feet from the ground. You will be surprised at the difference it makes to the shot.
Edit your photos
When all else fails and you are not getting the right shot, don’t hesitate to edit the photo manually. Most smart phones have the option to adjust the brightness, exposure, color, etc. Or upload the photos to your computer and try playing around with the basic photo software that comes with most PC’s.
Remember a picture is worth a thousand words, but when it comes to real estate, it could mean thousands of extra dollars in your pocket so make it count!