TOP 11 TIPS FOR PHOTOGRAPHING HOMES FOR SALE IN BROOKLYN (OR ANYWHERE ELSE):
If you are considering selling your home one of the most important things to consider in today's real estate market is having beautiful photos of your home available for consumers to view online. Remember, 90% of all purchaser's start their search for a home on the Internet these days and they want to see photos, lots of them! Gone are the days where you simply place a photo of the front of the house and leave it at that! Now you must also show interior photos because if you do not, consumers will assume the only reason why you are not is because a) your home is in extremely bad condition or, b) you house is hideously ugly. Either way this is not a good thing. No matter how bad the condition is and no matter how ugly the house may be, we can always squeak off at least a half dozen good photos to peak an online consumers interest. As an example, even in the worst of homes you can usually still get the front (maybe from two angles), backyard, porch or deck, view from window (if it is a good one), kitchen, bathroom and living room.
Just make sure that you get the best pictures you can! You don't need to have a $2,000.00 camera either, you just have to focus on the small details! With that in mind, here is my list of Top 11 Tips when Photographing your Home:
- Take a picture of the front of your home on a nice sunny day when the grass is green and the sky is blue and the flowers (if you have some) are in bloom. Even if your not selling your home right now, it is good to have this photo available for when you do sell!
- Try to get a wide angle camera (25 millimeter or less is good) because given that rooms here in Brooklyn usually are smaller than those in say a Malibu mini mansion, they capture more of the room(s). Also, do not use a fish eye or other type of lens that distorts or stretches the rooms. This is not good because it raises buyers expectations too much and they will be disappointed once they see that the rooms are much smaller than was conveyed online.
- Always take horizontal photos, they work better online that vertical photos. If you feel a need to take a vertical photo (usually the case with a bathroom here in Brooklyn), also take a horizontal one just to be safe.
- When taking the exterior photo, get as close to the house as possible without cutting off the top of the house or the front garden and make sure your home is centered in the photo.
- When taking the interior photos, turn on every light in the house and open the drapes and blinds to let in as much natural light as possible!
- Remove all clutter! I often move stuff from room to room just to take the photos and then put the stuff back when I am done. this includes things like kids toys (and/or artwork), shoes, dirty laundry (you'd be surprised), knapsacks and 99% of the nicknaks from flat surfaces. It is OK to have a TV remote and some coffee table books out, but not much more than that!
- Set up the dining room table to appear as though you will be entertaining guests for dinner, that is a nice touch!
- In the kitchen, remove all items from the countertops, you want to see as much countertop space as possible! No dirty dishes in the sink either and remove those kitchen rags off the oven and/or fridge handles. Remove all personal photos, notes, magnets, etc from the refridgerater! You can leave one or two electrical appliances if you feel the need and a nice bowl of fruit is pretty too!
- In the bathrooms, remove all stuff from the vanity, clean the mirror, remove all shampoo bottles and the like from the shower area. If you have a shower curtain, take two photos, one with the curtain closed and one with it opened. And for Pete's sake please, please, please, put the toilets seat and cover down, nobody needs to see the inside of your toilet, yech!!
- You do not need to have a picture of every single room in the house, if the room is too small there is no need to photograph it.
- Capture the small details that add to the story of your home. I often take close up shots of stained glass windows, parquet floors and/or original wood work.
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