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Taking The Best Real Estate Photos Of Your Home

Getting your home ready for real estate photographs

You’ve probably heard this statistic before:  95%+ of home buyers start their search on the internet.  The thing that entices them the most?  Nice looking real estate photos of your home!  If your home doesn’t stand out from the crowd of other listings-for-sale, some buyers may never bother to come and look at it.  Conversely, poor (or no photos) are a major contributor to expired listings.  Want to have a few laughs:  See some of the worst photos on the MLS right here.

As a seller, you should hire a real estate agent who takes the time and care to present your home in its’ best light:  this includes fantastic real estate photos and an enticing text description of your house or condo.

New Feature:  You can now download this information as a pdf.

Showing the best real estate photos

Ok, you’ve selected your listing agent, (hopefully not one who whips out his cell phone and starts taking pictures with THAT).  Your agent has called the professional photographer, and the appointment is set for tomorrow morning.  How do you get your home ready for the best pictures?  Here is how:

Staging the Kitchen

The most important room in the house has always been the kitchen.  Buyers consider this the focal point of the house, where meals are prepared and often consumed, and guests marvel at the nice cupboards, size of the room etc.  Here are some of the things sellers should do in order to get the best possible photographs of this central room:

 

 

The Bathrooms

Second only to the kitchen, are the bathrooms.  Thats because buyers realize that bathroom renovations are among the most costly renovations in any house.  Even if your baths have not been upgraded, you can still show them off, and here is how to do that:

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The Living Room

This room should look comfortable, inviting and relaxing.  NOT overstuffed with furniture, and the real estate photos should reflect this.

 

The Dining Room

This room sometimes becomes a hosh-posh of furniture.  It can often look like a library, a computer room, even a place to let the exercise bike collect dust.  Declutter, and follow these tips:

 

The Master Bedroom

This ‘sanctuary’ should appear to be relaxing, not too busy and cluttered.  Here are the tips to get this room ready for photos.

 

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The Yard

Front and back yard are important for making that first impression a good one.  Follow these steps.

Look at it this way: There are possibly hundreds of homes in your price range, all competing for the buyers attention.  Another statistic I read recently is that the ‘average buyer looks at 11 homes before making an offer’.  If there are hundreds of homes available, but a buyer only looks at 11, how do they decide WHICH 11 homes to see?

The answer: photographs.  Buyers ‘weed out’ the homes which show poorly, and may not come to see any of those houses or condos.  Make sure that your home is in the 11!

All of the above real estate photos were taken by my professional real estate photographer.  Looking to sell your Winnipeg home?  Call me for a free market evaluation.

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Infographic: Get Ready for Real Estate Photos

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