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The Importance Of Attractive Photos When Selling Your Home

Jun 27, 2008
One of the very first steps to selling you home is consulting with a real estate agent. Whether you end up going with a real estate agent or attempt to sell your property on your own, the next step will be to have some pictures taken for the purpose of advertising and letting potential buyers know that your home is up for sale.

The importance of professional quality pictures cannot be stressed highly enough.

So you're selling your house, and the agent is coming to take photographs. Do yourself a favor and consider the following advice. In today's online world, combined with high gas prices, many, many people do their initial house shopping online. The online pictures are what most buyers are going to see first. If they like what they see online, they'll search further for more info, ideally coming to see your home in person. If they don't like the pictures, they'll simply click to see the next property. Following are some tips for more alluring photographs.

Organize cluttered counters; when looking at interior real estate photographs I often see drinking glasses, soda cans, and even beer cans sitting out on the counter or table. This just lacks class. Your home should be thoroughly cleaned and picked-up before the agent comes to take photographs.

When you book a time for your promotional photographs to be taken, make it during the day. If it is a gloomy, rainy day, then it's best to reschedule. Natural light enhances your home's looks, and bright windows with a view of the outdoors make rooms look cheery and inviting. Too often I see pictures of rooms that lack sufficient daylight and are dark and dreary. This is not the way the you want potential buyers to view your home. Additionally, many people are interested in seeing the yard or other exterior features of a home. If the photographs are taken in daylight, any feature of the home, inside and out, can be on display.

As with the cluttered counters, having a TV on during photographing is a subtle sign to potential buyers that you just can't be bothered. Buyers will assume that this translates into a home that hasn't been well maintained. A TV on is a distraction, even in a still photograph. It takes away from your home.

These are a few key things that could be considered when planning to have real estate photos taken. As a seller, you want to make the pictures the absolute best they can be. In general, too much clutter distracts viewers, in a photograph and in a personal showing. Buyers want to see your house, not your dirty laundry, the remnants of your favorite drink, or whatever was on TV the day the photographer came by.
About the Author
J Stromsteen has many years expertise in the finance, real estate, and insurance industry. She contributes to various websites such as First Time Home Buyer where you can find today's mortgage rates as well as a wealth of information on getting a First Time Home Buyers Loan .
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