We'll start our for sale by owner photography tips with an exercise you can easily do, in a short space of time.
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How did you make out? I'm not a "visual" type person, yet I still select properties based on those real estate photos that I see online.
Look at these 2 photos of similar type homes. A couple of real simple mistakes are made with the photo on the left.
Always try to include the whole building in your outside for sale by owner photos. Don't chop part of the house, garage, roof etc. off.
Question: What is the most important room when it comes to selling a house?
Answer: In many cases, the kitchen.
Lesson? Always try to take a nice photo or several of the kitchen.
Following are 3 photographs of similar type kitchens.
Two of these glossy's are less than stellar while one is excellent for a couple reasons.
Neat, clean, bright and inviting is the goal when it comes to selling for sale by owner.
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How does the kitchen below make you feel?
Does it make you feel that you would like to see more of this property?
This does depend on your own personal choices and desires, but if this is the type of kitchen that would appeal to you, you would want to see more, right?
Should you take for sale by owner photos of the bathrooms? Well, it really depends on the bathroom.
Do you have a bathroom(s) that will enhance your collection? Go ahead. When you have photos online when you are selling your property for sale by owner, more is better up to a point. Don't skimp with your photographs online to save a nickel. Why?
Feel Good Photos do just that. They make the viewer feel good. They make the viewer say, "I think I'd like to live here!"
Poor photos, on the other hand, make the viewer say, "Next!"
A couple of for sale by owner photography tips about bathroom images as illustrated above and below.
The bathroom above looks clean and bright.
The towels and accessories are all matching.
What does it say to you?
"I think I'd like this bathroom and perhaps the whole home"
One of the for sale by owner photography tips when it comes to landscaping, backyards, decks, views and pools etc, is to make sure they add value to the viewer. In other words, don't take photos of your property, just to add more pictures.
The two photos on the left and below illustrate something to the viewer. The unkempt lawn with the patio chairs and table engulf in vegetation says;
Wow! I bet the rest of the home is a disaster as well. Next!
The second of the play set says a lot as well;
Do you see what I'm getting at here? One of the most important for sale by owner photography tips is to try and look at what buyer's might be seeing when you take a photo.
Sometimes what may look like a positive, could, in fact, be a...wait for it.....Next!
Yes....a picture is worth a thousand words.
Yes, it is a good idea to take photos of various other rooms in the house, but don't go overboard.
What am I Selling?
Many people selling homes forget what they are marketing. They think they are advertising a house. Unless it is an income property, they are selling a dream, a wish, a lifestyle, a new beginning, pride, comfort and/or prestige.
Important For Sale by Owner Photography Tips:
Always keep in mind that you aren't just selling a house. You are selling "FEELINGS"
Think to yourself. Why did I choose to live here? Yes, you have to stay within your budget, but you probably made an emotional decision when you chose your present house. Be honest now. Am I right? Probably. Unless you are a structural engineer. Whole nutter story. :)
In most cases, taking your own photos is probably your best choice. If you list with a for sale by owner company, which I do highly recommend, they may offer to take photos for you.
If they do, ask to see them first before they go online. If you are not satisfied, let them know. It is too important to not have good photos online.
If you selling with a Realtor, which of course I hope you don't, same thing. Ask to see their work before they post anything on their website.
DO NOT be afraid to ask that pictures be retaken, or that you supply your own photos to be placed on a website. Poor photos equal poor results!
I shouldn't even have to include these next for sale by owner photography tips!
The worst photo sin of all and totally avoidable when it comes to taking great real estate photos is leaving photos on a website out of season! Oh Boy!
It's the middle of summer and the outside of your house online show 3 feet of snow!
It's early spring and the trees leaves in your yard are showing their spectacular fall colors!
If it's the middle of winter where you live and there are 3 feet of snow on the ground, it is OK to have summer photos (selling the dream). Just have a note where it will be noticed that these are summer pictures for your viewer's pleasure.
Of course, this will depend on where you live. Some areas don't go through this wild change of seasons like where I live. :( Yes, sometimes I'm jealous).
If you did the exercise above looking at various houses online, now would be a good time to go back and take a second look. Perhaps jot down what appeals to you.
What makes you want to say; "Next!" This may help show the way when it comes to selling your house with online photos.
You Should Always Have Your Property Online with
Great Outside For Sale by Owner Photos
Great Interior For Sale by Owner Photos
I think it is extremely important to have a presence online today when selling for sale by owner.
I did not include information on this page about for sale by owner photography tips about the type of equipment to use, shutter speeds, lens etc. because my knowledge is very limited in this area.
I did a search online about camera settings and the like with a lot of conflicting and more-or-less confusing results so, if you decide to use your smartphone for photos, you might find the link below helpful.
I haven't found a website for using a digital camera for real estate photos I like yet, so that will have to wait. Most websites I looked at seem to be all about trying to sell cameras.
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For some great promotion ideas to market your home, please click on any of these thumbnail photo links