I work for a real estate company.
I am also a photographer.
Yes, I sometimes take pictures of houses, but I also have to add videos and virtual tours that other people shot to our corporate and company website. I see a lot of pictures.
Some of them are disgraceful.
I won’t link to any here, not because I don’t want to embarrass the agents, but I do not want to upset the clients who are having their properties marketed with these photos.
One of the awesome things about the house in Des Moines that I posted earlier in the month was the photos REALLY showed what a gem that house was/could be (depending on your level of Elvis).
So, Here we go:
- Please delete blurry photos.
If I can not tell that the exterior is brick or brick colored paint, you need a new front shot.
- Potty lids DOWN.
Especially if it is an abandoned or bank owned property that needs work. We don’t need to see EXACTLY how much work.
- Evidence of Pets.
No Litter Boxes.
**People SEE evidence of pets, no matter HOW clean your home may be, they will SMELL PETS and their offers will reflect it.**
- If Tiny Kitty or Precious Pup are laying on the sofa MOVE THEM.
Or if they are vicious, shoot creatively.
NO PUPPY Pictures, unless the pooch conveys.
- NO DATE/TIME Stamp on the images.
Because you don’t want people to know you took these images on 01-01-2007 and it still hasn’t sold…maybe it’s the dog bowls.
If you can’t figure out how to turn it off, use your smart phone…well, if you have one.
- Holiday Decorations.
If you are going to take pictures of a house from October to January, be sure all the decorations are down for the listing photos.
(see #5-it dates the images)
- If you list a home in February and still have it listed in June, please TAKE NEW IMAGES.
Leaves on trees, blue skies and green grass do wonders for curb appeal.
Did I miss any?
What is your biggest peeve when you look at homes on the internet?
(come on, I know we all do it)