Going the DIY route when taking photos of your home to sell? Listings with photos tend to generate much more interest than those without. If you’re tackling the snaps yourself, however, don’t fall victim to these common mistakes:
Shooting at Night
While it’s sometimes true that time is at a premium, if you can find time to take photos during the day, your pictures will thank you. Natural light makes spaces look brighter and bigger, plus it illuminates your home’s best details and features. It also makes it easier to showcase a great view.
Artistic Close Ups
While you may be excited about learning to use your camera’s macro feature, try to avoid close up, “artistic” shots that don’t really tell the buyer much. A close up shot of a faucet for example, might be a great display of your skills, but it doesn’t showcase your space, and it’s not what buyers want to see.
Fish-Eye Lens or Stretched Images
Some photographers try to make a space look larger by stretching their photos width-wise or by using a fish-eye lens, which adds a convex curve to the edges. This is almost never a good idea. Savvy buyers can see through the deceit and might be turned off. Additionally, sometimes this has the effect of either blurring your photos or distorting furniture and appliances.
Shooting in a Messy Space
Cluttered homes are a turnoff for some buyers, and often distract from the bones and the flow of your home. If possible, take a moment to tidy up before shooting in each room. Tuck those discarded shirts in the closet and put some of those kitchen counter gadgets in the cupboard. Don’t let a mess steal the show.