Are you looking to sell your home or rental suite?
The photos you take can make a significant difference in how the sale will go for you. Stunning photos can sell your home by generating interest with potential buyers.
In this blog post, we will give you some tips on how to stage your house, and take amazing real estate photos that will show off the magic of your home.
Before taking the photos, the space needs to be staged to represent the home in the best way possible.
Furnish a home without overdecorating. An empty home can make it harder for interested buyers to visualize how they would live in and use the space. Your house should include practical furniture and a few art pieces on the wall to add liveliness and color to the rooms.
Prepare every room you plan to photograph.
Small items and knick-knacks should be removed from view. Practical everyday items, such as dish soap or brooms, should also be stored away. In the bathrooms, put down the toilet seats. Make sure to clean all surfaces and mirrors. Lastly, add small items that accent every room. In the kitchen, add a bowl full of colorful fruit. In the living room, turn on the fireplace or add several plants.
Photography can seem intimidating, but everyone can learn how to take real estate photos with some practice. While hiring a professional photographer is an excellent investment for selling your home, we will provide some tips for those who want to give the photography a shot themselves.
First, it is important to pay attention to lighting.
It is ideal to take photos at the magic hour of dusk when shooting exterior shots. It is also optimal to work with natural light as much as possible. In order to do this, you should work around the weather. If it is raining or cloudy on the day of your shoot, postpone until you can work with better lighting.
When it comes to real estate photography, it is best to work with a wide lens, not a fisheye.
A fisheye lens will make the space appear larger than it truly is. Deceiving a potential buyer will only end poorly, as they will come for a viewing and ultimately be disappointed.
As well, if it’s available to you, use current technology to add some flair to your real estate photos. If you have the ability to purchase, borrow or rent a drone, we highly recommend it. A drone can add beautiful aerial shots of a large property.
Have a shot list prepared before you start taking photos.
A shot list is a detailed list of the photographs you want to capture.
The list should include which rooms, from which angles, lights on or off, and the exterior shots. If you are shooting an apartment, make a judgment call if exterior shots are needed.
For example, some apartment exteriors are run-down and not well taken care of. However, the actual apartment suites could have been renovated and look amazing. Potential buyers can judge an apartment from a poor exterior and assume it is a reflection of the interior.
Lastly, don’t be afraid to pick up a camera and start shooting.
Take a lot of practice photos, until you get the right ones. Start with basic editing tools and read up on tips for real estate photo editing. You may also choose to take the photos yourself but can hire a professional photographer for the editing process. Most important of all, only post the best pictures so that your home looks stunning and appealing to buyers.
Photos that are dim, shaky, or poor quality should not be published.