Did you know that 83% of house hunters want to see pictures of a property when they search online? Getting great property photos is essential if you want to advertise effectively, so here is how to take photos that will really catch the eye of potential tenants.
It’s a good idea to set aside some time to get your property photos right – you’ll need to prepare your property, take the photos and possibly touch up the pictures afterwards, so try to dedicate at least a day to the task. You should take photos of every room, as well as outdoor spaces such as gardens, garages and any particularly appealing views. It is also essential that you include a photo of your property’s exterior (at the very least it will help prospective tenants to recognise it when they come for a viewing!) and this is best taken in the morning, when the light is good.
A few snaps on your phone probably won’t make your property stand out, so try to get hold of some decent equipment. Use a DSLR camera, preferably with a wide-angle lens to get in as much of each room as possible, and put it on a tripod to prevent camera shake. Make sure everything is straight, so any vertical lines such as walls go straight up and down and are not at an angle. If you have any photo-editing software, you can also lightly edit your pictures afterwards: crop out clutter, sharpen the images and remove any imperfections.
Every room you photograph will benefit from a little preparation. Imagine you have a guest coming over who you want to impress – are all the surfaces clean and is any mess tidied away? Lighting is crucial for a good photo, so turn on all the lights and open curtains and blinds. You can also do some ‘staging’; how much is up to you, but if the property is empty you could add a few cosy details, such as pictures on walls or a vase of flowers on a window ledge. If it is already lived in, fluff pillows, make beds look neat and close drawers and cupboard doors.
Before you get snapping, walk around the room and look through the camera until you find an angle that makes the space look as light and spacious as possible. You could move furniture around to suit the shot, and when you do start shooting avoid dead space (eg: wide stretches of blank ceiling) and focus instead on including all the contents of the room, such as kitchen cabinets, windows and fitted cupboards. You can also try taking your photos from different heights – rather than all from eye level – and see if any of these give a better view of the space.
If you’re really struggling to take a good picture, you could consider hiring a professional. Interior photographers will have all the equipment to shoot good-looking photos, as well as the expertise to stage and frame each room. Of course, getting a professional is going to be more of an expense, but it could prove useful if you’re having trouble shifting your property or you’re advertising to the luxury market.
Don’t make any photography faux pas. Get your property photos right and they can do a lot of the selling for you!
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