How to Take Great Photos of Your Home and Sell It Fast
If you’ve seen the listings for high-end residences in downtown Montreal, you’ll most likely find fabulous photos of these properties. Of course, the professional quality of the photos is evident since many sellers invest in professional photographers with pro-grade photographic equipment.
If you’re just a regular person who wants to sell your home, it’s still a good idea to consider hiring a pro to do this work. But if you insist on taking photos of your home, here’s a list of tips you can keep in mind:
Use a Decent Camera
Your smartphone camera just won’t do at all. However, premium cameras aren’t really necessary either. You just need 5-megapixel camera and you’re good to go. Better yet, see if you can borrow a digital SLR, as that can give you more settings plus more lenses options. A tripod is also a sensible idea as well, though you can just set the camera on a table.
Make Your Home Camera-Ready
The best camera in the world can’t do much if the house just doesn’t look good. So try to make it more presentable. Clean your home and remove from sight all the clutter around the house. Don’t forget to take off the magnets on the fridge. If all that cleaning makes your home seem a bit sterile, you can always use a vase of fresh flowers to brighten up your home in your photos.
Go with Natural Lighting
Take your photos of your home interiors during the day. At night or on gloomy days, the photos turn out dark and gloomy as well.
Turn on all the lights in your home, but also open all the windows. These should help give an open an airy impression. You should use using your camera’s built-in flash as little as possible, as the flash can cause unappealing shadows and reflect off your windows and mirrors.
For shots of your home exterior, an overcast day is the best time to take your photos. The sun then won’t cast dark shadows on your house.
You will need to take in as much of a room as possible with your photo. So it’s best if you take your shots from the doorway or a corner of the room. This POV gives the viewer a better idea of how your room looks like and it suggests more space. For exterior shots of the house, take it at an angle so to render your house in 3D. Straight on shots don’t show the depth of your house. You should also avoid shots that have wires and poles obscuring your house.
Take Numerous Photos
You don’t need film with a digital camera! So take plenty of pictures and experiment with different settings and angles. When you’re running out of memory, you can just review what you have and delete the bad photos.
Don’t Mislead Your Potential Buyers
While magazines tend to use special lenses and inmate editing to really change the look and figure of their models, you shouldn’t do that with your photos. Don’t make your home seem bigger by using a wide-angle lens. You’ll just disappoint your potential buyers, and they’ll just mistrust you when they negotiate to buy the house.
You Can Tweak Your Photos
You can improve your photos a bit without intentionally deceiving your potential buys in a bad way. You can brighten up the living room, or perhaps digitally remove distractions such as paint cans and telephone wires.
Just remember that your photos are still just a part of your listing. Make sure your listing is topnotch as well with memorable yet honest descriptions, and you should do well.