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Good Listing Photography is a Must



LISTING PHOTO BY KATHLEEN HEITHORN-ALTHOFF


THE CHALLENGE

I want to bring up the issue of listing photography again because I still continue to see a lot of bad examples of it on MLS.

The Internet is now for most people the first point of contact when shopping for a home. This is their first impression, not the curb appeal and front foyer as I would normally highlight in my staging consultations.

Because of this fact, you simply need good listing photos. You could spend thousands of dollars on staging, revamping, painting - lots of elbow grease that could easily be massively impacted by the lack of good listing photos. Talk to your realtor, or if you are a realtor make a very small investment in hiring a professional photographer to take the photos. It will make a world of difference. As everyone knows, sales is a numbers game, the more people you bring into your listing the higher chance of success and good photos are going to do this. 

Things I see in local MLS listing photos that could benefit from professional photography:

Poorly lit rooms making them appear dark and unwelcoming

<TURN THE LIGHTS ON AND OPEN THE WINDOW TREATMENTS>

A very narrow field of vision

<A PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER CAN PROVIDE A WIDE ANGLE LENS SO YOU CAN SEE THE WHOLE BATHROOM NOT JUST THE SINK>

Unneeded artistic nuances such as fuzzy edging, soft focus etc.

<YOU DON’T WANT YOUR LIVING ROOM TO LOOK LIKE THE SET OF A SOAP OPERA - THERE’S NO NEED FOR ADDED AESTHETICS TO PHOTOS - CLEAN, SHARP, PROPERLY EXPOSED PICTURES ARE BEST>

Photos of properties in the winter and it’s now July

<IF POSSIBLE RESHOOT YOUR LISTING SO IT REPRESENTS THE RIGHT SEASON (i.e. no Christmas tree shots in March) - EVEN IF IT’S FOR YOUR OWN WEB SITE SO IT DOESN’T AFFECT THE LISTING - IF YOU’VE HAD YOUR PROPERTY ON THE MARKET THIS LONG THEN MAYBE HIRE A STAGER ;)

Photos of messy rooms

<YOU DON’T NEED A STAGER TO CLEAN UP A ROOM BEFORE PHOTOS ARE TAKEN - MAKE SURE THE ROOMS ARE AT LEAST CLEAN AND TIDY>

Irrelevant photos

<SOMETIMES THE FAMILY PET MAKES A CAMEO APPEARANCE IN A PHOTO OR THERE IS AN ODD SHOT OF A STAIRWELL AND NOTHING ELSE; SHOW THE SPACE AND THE HOME, NOT IRRELEVANT SUBJECTS> Gloomy exterior shots

<AVOID TAKING EXTERIOR SHOTS THAT GIVE THE HOME A GLOOMY, GRAY APPEARANCE. IF POSSIBLE SHOOT ON A SUNNY DAY WITH THE SUN ON THE HOUSE NOT IN BEHIND. A NICE TIME OF DAY TO SHOOT IS EARLY IN THE MORNING (AFTER A TRIP FOR COFFEE) OR LATER IN THE DAY, THIS IS ESPECIALLY IMPORTANT IN THE WINTER WHEN THERE IS VERY LITTLE GREENERY>

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