How do you make your home photos stand out?
One of the many vital tasks that realtors should perform during a home’s sale is taking home photos. Some believe that the entire process of shooting home photos is the most challenging yet also the most gratifying.
Photographs are the initial contact that a lot of prospective clients would have with a home for sale, and first impressions could really make or break a deal. Hence, realtors should not underrate the significance of capturing really impressive images of each house they are listing for sale.
Nevertheless, they’re not required to turn into home staging experts overnight just to make their listings stand out on a very competitive and cutthroat real estate market. Fortunately, you only need to learn and apply a few important tips to shoot some spectacular home photos and attract packs of potential customers. Success is, indeed, just around the curb!
Home Staging? Hire a Professional
Photos of empty rooms will not really do that much to attract a prospective client in for more (although some realtors would say that you need to snap these “blank canvases” and leave them available for potential clients who want to envision and imagine how their furniture may look in each room).
Nonetheless, even simple furnishings and adornment placed before shooting photos for a real estate listing would create a better atmosphere than shooting a series of empty rooms impossible to differentiate from one another and distinguished only by blank walls.
A professional home stager could help you prep any home for an amazing home photo session.
Mind the Perspective and Angles
Strike a balance between creating exciting perspective home photos and shooting from odd angles that would only make prospective customers confused about the house’s interior. While experimenting is encouraged (and usually necessary to have a perfect shot), ensure that you’re shooting straight-on whilst discovering various angles all through each room. Unintentionally tipping your camera slightly would warp the vertical lines of doorways and walls, thus building a perspective that is a bit more than off-putting or dizzying.
Make Sure the Colors Pop
Even the very best warm natural lighting might not always do justice to the rich tones of a hardwood floor or a trendy fresh wallpaper. Fortunately, a plethora of digital tools enable users to quickly and easily edit home photos—adjusting contrast, color intensity, and brightness could ensure that your images’ colors show as richly as they do in actual. Avoid over-editing, though!
If there are not many hues to work with, don’t hesitate to add your own. We recommend putting a touch of color with some vibrant artworks or funky throw pillows.
Correct the Orientation
Some digital tools could automatically re-orient a photo, so it looks nicer, but some won’t. Before walking away from the computer, try previewing your home photos to ensure that nobody needs to bend their neck and tilt their head to see the living room. Some prospective buyers wouldn’t have the patience to work out home photos that are just too difficult to look at.
The Atmosphere is Everything
Are you selling a house in the mountains? Capture the best aspects of the home that mountaineers would like. Near a beach? Shoot bright and open photos. Usually, your potential clients would consider buying a home because of the surrounding area’s appeal, so utilize this to your advantage! You could also consult with your home stager regarding this matter—they could have a lot of ideas for décors and other personal touches that could further add to a house’s personality and selling factor.
Use Natural Light
If you could, take home photos on a sunny day and use natural light to showcase the home and make it homier. The front yard would look cheerier, and the home’s interior would appear bigger, cleaner, and more open. You likewise wouldn’t have to depend on your flash too much, as it could cast odd shadows and alter the look of the floor, furniture, and walls.
Take Clutter-Free Images
Some sellers might provide you the house photographs, but sometimes you just have to take the home photos yourself. Nevertheless, before clicking the shutter button, ensure that a home is neat and orderly, and clear of clutter and people.
Pay Attention to Details
Potential clients are expected to be critical with every detail when it comes to dealing with their future home, so you should get on the same page with them. Include that beautiful crown molding in the scene, shoot unique aspects of the house that add up to its personality and charm, and don’t forget to neaten up. Keep in mind that you are aiming to capture the house’s best features, not small details of the current homeowners’ living conditions.
Remove appliances from tables and counters, and keep personal bits like family photographs or personal trinkets out of your photos.
Feature the Outdoors as Well
Realtors do not need to be retold that a home is much more than its interior. Prospective clients would want to be informed of what is outside their potential home. Be it a porch, a lawn, or some acres of woods. The key is never to forget the view. Take a panorama shot while on the porch, or try to snap photos of the house from afar to capture it within the context of its environment.
Watermark Your Home Photos for a Professional Finish
Once you have the perfect shot, don’t forget this last but very important step. Watermarking is an easy way to add a last touch of professionalism to your real estate photo shoot. Not only would it help prospective clients to associate a home to your name, but watermarking would also deter photo thieves and could improve your advertising and marketing impact as well.
Not fully convinced? Believe us when we tell you that a lot more potential clients would notice and appreciate thoughtfully-staged and professional-looking photographs. Unlike cluttered, dull, or bland home photos that soon-to-be homeowners would only overlook during their search, these tips would guarantee that their eyes light up when browsing through your home listings.