I remember stumbling across this blog a few months ago. It's written by Julia Sweeten from hookedonhouses.net
Makes you wonder why some houses stay on the market for months, maybe years at a time...
6 Real Estate Photos
That Have Me Baffled
1. Does this listing photo from Key West make you want to kick up your feet by the pool and stay awhile…or just keep on walking to the next house?
2. Using a panoramic shot of the kitchen in this listing might not have been such a great idea…
3. Nothing sells a house faster than a close-up of a light fixture with a banana peel, right?
4. Liane Jamason came across this listing that boasts “a pool private enough so you can skinny dip” and “modern raspberry shag carpet” in the bedroom that includes a “50 Shades of Grey dancer pole and mirror on the ceiling with disco ball.”
So many questions. Since when do the words modern and raspberry shag carpet belong together? Why did they have to put the image in my head of the homeowners skinny dipping? And as Liane asks, what is Winnie the Pooh doing in the Shades of Gray bedroom, anyway? (Maybe we don’t want to know…)
5. They’re cleaning this For Sale By Owner in Albuquerque for you as we speak!
6. Maybe that woman could take that mop on over to this house in Asheville next?
So before taking the photos that are representing your home,
keep these tips in mind:
On the Interior:
- Different rooms look best at different times of the day, so give yourself a day to take the pictures.
- Interior photos are best taken when shafts of light are coming through the windows; it creates a welcoming mood.
- Shoot rooms from an angle to make them appear larger.
- Get dynamic shots by capturing images at a low angle or with something in the foreground.
- A photo should only contain two walls of the room; taking three walls creates a shoebox effect.
- Make sure window treatments are straight, blinds are drawn or consistent with other windows in the shot.
- If a room is empty, bring in a prop to give it a sense of scale.
- If a room is full, tidy up clutter and position furniture so it doesn't mask the architectural features of the home.
On the Exterior:
- Keep the sun behind you, shining on the front of the home.
- If there are heavy shadows from trees, take the photo on an overcast day.
- When using a wide-angle lens, take exterior photos from a ladder or the top of your car.
- Be sure to remove garbage cans, cars, decorations, or any other clutter in the yard.