Photo presentation of a home is more important now than it ever has been. According to the 2020 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers, the number of home buyers who used the Internet to search for a new home increased to a record high of 97% last year, and that figure is expected to continue to climb.
With that in mind, pros in the real estate business are going to want to make sure that their listing photos are as attractive as possible; it might just make or break a sale. Here are four problems to fix before taking your listing photos.
- Remove Large Floral Arrangements
Photographs are two-dimensional by nature, and tall vases or wide arrangements can become distracting. They’re also terrible for obscuring the depth of a space. Lower profile arrangements are recommended to draw attention to the viewpoint and layout of the room. Consider potted plants or air plants to add a touch of greenery without distracting from the rest of the room.
- Remove Small Rugs
Home buyers want to see the actual features of a home, and this includes the original flooring. Small rugs and floor runners don’t really add much to a photograph, and they can actually make a space look smaller. Stick with large rugs or bare floors to make a room look big and spacious.
- Make Sure Your Lightbulbs Match
Lightbulbs may feel like a completely inconsequential feature of a property but differing types of lighting can really mess with photographs. Mixing warm and cool lightning is never recommended for photography, so make sure that you use the same type of lightbulb in every source in a room. Most stagers recommend warm or soft white bulbs.
- Iron Wrinkled Linens
In real life, most people don’t care if their sheets or throw blankets are wrinkled. However, the camera picks up wrinkles like a magnet, and can make them look awful in the final product. Use a professional steamer on curtains, sheets, and any other textiles to ensure they look smooth and beautiful in your listing photos.