We all know how important first impressions are and the same applies when selling your home. With the vast majority of house hunters conducting at least part of their search online, top quality images are vital to catch the attention of any would-be buyers and persuade them to book a viewing.
Whilst good-quality photography is key, here are our top tips for ensuring your home is looking its very best in your listing photos:
- One of the biggest differences you can make is to remove any clutter from shoots – remove piles of washing and paperwork from sight and tidy any children’s toys and games away.
- Make sure you are using rooms to their full potential – if it can be used as a dining room, get a table and chairs in there if possible.
- If you can afford it, consider hiring a professional to take your photos. You can hire your own or some estate agents offer this service. This service will usually be included in the fee quoted by your GSPC agent.
- Make sure photos are bright by shooting during the day, opening blinds and curtains, and turning on all the lights.
- For your external shots, try to clear the front of your home of any vehicles and other potential distractions such as wheelie bins and skips.
- Avoid taking your exterior shots when there is snow or frost – if your home is on the market for a while then obvious weather conditions could give it away and potential buyers might wonder why it hasn’t sold.
- Dress your rooms to make them look as appealing as possible. Set the dining table nicely, put your best bedding on, plump up cushions and pillows and buy some fresh flowers.
- Make sure you highlight any unique home selling points in your photography. Ask your agent to zone in on desirable original features and luxurious fixtures such as Jacuzzi bath tubs or good as new kitchen appliances.
- Don’t forget about your garden if you have one! Make sure your lawn is well manicured and remove any old garden furniture and wheelie bins from sight before the shot is taken.
- If your property offers some fantastic views, be sure to show these off.