Ever heard the saying that a picture is worth a thousand words? When it comes to selling your home, let’s just say that your home photos will be worth more than a thousand dollars for those who seek housing in your area. Whether you’re an agent or a person trying to sell his or her own home, it is vital that you make a big first impression, and pictures are the best opportunity that you will have to do just that.
According to Gabriela Islas from Zing! By Quicken Loans, a recent study found that the quality and order of the pictures make a big difference. Here are some of their findings:
- If people don’t like one of your pictures, they’ll move on to the next listing.
- Professional photography gave a better sense of the home condition and dimensions.
- People prefer larger images in a gallery-style format.
- The order of the pictures is important! People want to see photos in the same order as you’d see a house in person, starting with the front exterior and ending with a view of the rear of the home.
If you want to avoid your home to be listed on the market for more than 90 days, here are some helpful tips to make that first impression of your home.
- Light: Nothing is better than natural sunlight, so try to schedule your photographer to take photos of your home on a sunny day. Shoot in the early morning or late afternoon when the natural light is soft. Also, open blinds and curtains to let in as much natural light as possible.
- Exterior: Exterior pictures of homes look better if shot from an angle instead of directly from the front. This allows viewers to see the depth of the home instead of a “flat” two-dimensional view of the front.
- Interior: When photographing a room, it almost always looks better if the shot is taken from the doorway looking into the room. Try aiming your camera into the corner of a room to create an image that will showcase an open, airy room instead of a suffocated one-wall shot. Refrain from using a fish eye lens to make smaller spaces appear larger; it often has the opposite effect, making the space feel smaller and distorted.
- Clutter: Removing all unnecessary items from a room will help the space appear larger. Clean and organized rooms also help a house hunter imagine the home with their own belongings in it.
- Architectural Details: Show off the crown molding, coffered tray ceiling, and large bay window you’ve always loved about your home. Potential buyers are drawn in by interesting architectural details that add to the value of the property (not to mention the home’s character).
Follow these useful tips to make your home look its best; your home will not only likely sell faster, but you may even sell it at a higher price than expected!