When you list a home for sale, including pictures is vitally important. Most potential buyers will not bother to investigate a property for sale if they cannot at least get a first look via the listing. However, including the wrong pictures in a listing can scare off buyers just as quickly as not including any pictures at all, so make sure that you are including the right images. Here are 3 tips for taking good pictures for your property listings:

  1. Get the “Right” Shots
    When it comes to posting pictures of the home, you need to be sure to include certain images. Make sure that there is a shot of the property from the curb, at least one image of the kitchen and a picture of primary eating and living areas. Potential buyers want to see the parts of the property where they are going to be spending most of their time, so factor that in when you are taking pictures. Most agents recommend against photographing bedrooms or bathrooms unless they have unusual features that will make them more attractive.

  2. Beware of Distortion
    When you post your images, check out how they show up on the websites where you are listing the property. Some pages will distort your images if you do not have the right pixel size, making your pictures hard to view. Once you have uploaded the pictures, log out and check the listing to make sure that your pictures show off your home to the best advantage.

  3. Use a Decent Camera
    Many sellers simply use their cell phones to take pictures, and while this is probably the easiest way to get images for your listings, if your cell phone does not have a good camera than you may end up with dark, blurry images that make your home look anything but appealing. Borrow a good camera or, if you must use a cell phone, make sure that the areas you are photographing are well-lit to insure that you get the best quality images that you can. Natural light is best, but failing that do whatever is necessary to make sure that viewers can get a true idea of the attractive features of the home.

How do you get the best images for your listings? What areas are you always sure to photograph?

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