How to Take Sales Worthy Pictures of Your Home

download (2)In real estate, the old adage “A picture is worth a thousand words” holds true. Each house is competing with many others in its given market, so any ethical advantage helps. In real estate listings, the picture is the thing that catches the buyer’s eye, so it is of utmost importance to have an appealing picture. Researchers say that eye movements of people who viewed online home listings revealed that 95% viewed the first picture of the listing, which shows the exterior of the home, for 20 seconds. For that reason, it must capture the attention and make it a viable choice.


For the outside of the home, keep the sun at your back and shining on the front of the home. If the entryway is always in shade, pick a cloudy day to minimize the contrast.  Also, if there are heavy shadows from trees, it is best to shoot the picture on a cloudy day. This is especially important for taking pictures of a roof. Our friends at gave us that tip and it really works.  It is just as important to stage the outside as the inside. Check for clutter. Remove toys, garbage cans, random trash, and other distractions. Move cars out of the driveway. Close garage doors and other exterior doors and windows. Sweep sidewalks and clean spills off the driveway. Trim bushes and trees for their best appearance. When you shoot the picture, check for glare from windows and if needed, try another angle to eliminate this. If shooting in early morning or at twilight, turn on all inside and outside lights, as it creates a welcoming aura. While you are outside, snap pictures of the pool, gazebo, spacious deck, or any other feature that may make your home stand out, like a beautiful roof built by Roofing Contractors Calgary.

For the interior, you want to show off the space and not what is in it. Make sure that the home is clean. Just like the outside, remove any clutter. Put away toys, refrigerator magnets, etc. You will want a fresh, clean look, and clutter of any kind takes away from that look. Use as much natural download (1)lighting as possible. Open curtains and turn on the lights. Avoid taking pictures on dark, cloudy days so that the pictures will not loook gloomy. Shooting from a doorway or corner covers more of the room and
makes it seem bigger. Keep the camera straight, as tilting it makes things appear to be slanted. Use the best features of each room in photographs. If there is a gorgeous view from a certain window, shoot it. If you have special flooring or carpet, shoot it. Show how generous the cabinet space in the kitchen is. Any special feature of a home is worthy of a photograph.


Take many photos and pick the best ones. You can use photo editing software to crop them if needed.

Now lay them all out and see which ones woud appeal to you if you were looking for a home.

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