When the time comes to put your home on the market presentation is everything. In days of old, the primary concern was curb appeal. Although this is still important, your home’s first impression is now online. Potential buyers will be viewing the various aspects of your home with the ease of their mobile devices. Therefore, it is important to take quality photos of your home when you list it on the market. Here are a few bits of wisdom for getting the most out of your online exposure for your home.
Understand the Value
One pit to fall into when it comes to marketing your home online is to not provide any photos at all. This is a mistake for several reasons. First, buyers will easily skip over your listing to look at the many other listings that have photos. Second, when your listing is posted on home listing sites (like Zillow, realtor.com, etc) it won’t be placed at the top. Also, you might be sending a message that your home has a reason that warrants the lack of photos. The better the first impression you can make for your home the more traction and response you will receive.
It is recommended that you use a professional photographer if at all possible. Sometimes with our current technology, it is tempting to simply use our smart phones to take photos. However, there is more to photography than just having a decent camera. Here are a few factors that make for good real estate photography:
A good photographer will not only know how to get a good exposure but will also understand how to shoot a home. Highlighting key areas and getting the right angles is important. Some photographers will include a slideshow, walk through, or even a floor plan of the house. You can expect to pay a couple hundred dollars for quality photos.
Preparing for Pictures
It is a good idea to make a list of preparations before the photographer gets to the home. Here are a few items to include:
Think about this as if you were getting photos of a model home. Each room should look well kept, warm, and be inviting. The better a room is prepared, the easier the photo shoot will be.
Cover the Whole House
One last word of wisdom regarding real estate photography is to make sure to get enough photos to cover the home. When potential buyers come to visit the property, it is likely that they have already seen it online. If they encounter a part of the home that was not in the photos, it is better if it is a positive than a negative. Also, having at least twenty-five photos will help your listing get to the top of the listing on real estate sites. The idea is to provide the buyer with as much information as possible and to reflect the beauty of the home as well.
For more information about selling your home in or around Lemont IL contact Lemont real estate agent Chris Budz.