Your Home’s First Showing With Listing Photos
A picture is worth a thousand words, and could be worth thousands of dollars when it comes to attracting the right buyers to your home.
Buyers form their first impression of your home based on the online listing. If you are serious about selling your home, you have to take your listing photo shoot very seriously. If your photos don’t excite buyers, they may not step foot inside.
Every real estate agent will tell you… Prepare for your homes photo shoot as much as you would for an open house or private showing. Work alongside an excellent local real estate agent, and follow these tips to make sure your home looks its best.
Think about staging your home
Ask your real estate agent if they know any interior designers that do staging. They will probably have a handful of contacts to give you. Designers know a ton about home appeal and can be very, very valuable in the final outcome of your homes appearance. Make it look like a showroom, not a used and abused old house.
Don’t list your home online without photos
Today’s buyers get email and text alerts when a new home that matches their criteria hits the market. There is nothing more frustrating than to see the desired address come across as an alert, only for the listing to be incomplete.
Don’t be in a rush to get your house on the market. Buyers (and agents) will punish you for jumping the gun. Will a buyer go back later to see if you have posted your photos yet? I doubt it. That’s one potential buyer gone… and many more to follow.
It comes across like you don’t have your ducks in a row. That’s not a great way to start out with your future customers.
You should spend a good amount of time preparing for your home for your photo shoot. This means that you declutter your house, clean from top to bottom, make sure it smells good and ensure the home is in impeccable condition.
If you don’t take the time and care to take good photos, it sends a message to the buyer that you don’t care, and that you are not a serious seller. People notice everything in your photos. Maybe have your neighbor take a look at your gallery to get a different perspective from someone outside the house.
You don’t see dirty cars in an auto dealers showroom! You have a product for sale. Take the time to present it in the best possible light and get your asking price.
Blurry photos? Don’t do it!
Have you seen photos of a dark, dinghy room in a house gallery? Not very appealing, is it? Images that are blurry, poorly lit, or distorted are not going to sell your home.
Hire a professional photographer who will take high-resolution photos, and even bring extra lighting or equipment to enhance their work. Yes, it will cost you some money but chances are it will fetch you the price you are looking for. They’ll also take dozens of pictures and work tirelessly to show your home in the right light and from the best angles.
Photos, Photos and more Photos
When it comes to photos, the more, the merrier. You want to make it easy for buyers to get comfortable with and learn more about your home. People are visual creatures and we learn better through pictures. Just ask the cavemen.
Photos make a first impression and help orient the buyer room by room. Once they have been through the home in person, they are better able to relate to the floor plan and how it flows. Are you ready to put your home on the market? Check out Zillows Home Sellers Guide
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Jody Snider of Integre Homes Website: www.IntegreHomes.com