Importance of Good Pictures

By: Ricardo Medeiros

Importance of Good Pictures

Tags: Homes, Sellers, Real Estate, Pictures, professional, tips, 

You’ve heard it before and you’ll hear it again – your main goal in selling your home is to make money. Whether this is to make a profit or to pay off your current mortgage, your focus needs to be on making that sale.

Not excited about the idea? Hey – you can have loads of fun with it. For starters, how are you at taking pictures?

Pictures play a huge role in nailing that sale. If you have great pictures, you’ll set yourself up above other homeowners battling for the same buyers. Think about it.

If you had to purchase a home in a particular city for work purposes and there were only two for sale in that city that could fit your needs, which seller would you trust more from the get-go: the one who posts casual pictures that capture dishes in the sink or a sock in the corner, or the one who gives the impression of a pristine lifestyle?

You can show off your pristine lifestyle and build up the buyers’ confidence in the quality of your home by putting in a little extra effort.

Isn’t it true that the real winners in every category of life are ones who put out the most effort?

Needs some ideas? Read through these tips to help get the ball rolling:

You don’t want your family photos, laundry, or the old torn lounge chair online for the world to see.

Pets often create odors that stick around for a while, and since you’ll be working hard to make this odor disappear, you want to avoid bringing any attention to these critters.

Don’t only hide them from the photos, find another place to shelter them if you want the most luck making the sale.

Not enough light from the windows? Add some lighting to bring them up a level. Bright LED lamps in the corners or off-camera can add just the touch you need.

When you’re interviewing different stagers for the job, make sure to check on rates per room. You may decide to only photograph certain rooms in the house, but you’ll win bigger with more pictures.

This can give you an even greater advantage over other sellers by helping to increase the perceived value of your home.

Photos of the Outside

It goes without saying that your potential buyers want to see the outside just as much as the inside.
If you’re going to show them, show them! Before taking pictures, take these important steps:

Get rid of some tension with your weed-whacker by obliterating those stubborn weeds and extra strands of grass along pathways, the house, and around trees.

You can save the day by a quick trim to make sure that the bushes are nice and even, adding another spark of life to the outside.

If you would like to provide a night photo for effect, consider adding some LED path lights.

Take strategic photos from angles that really show off your home.

Having followed the above tips should make this easier because you won’t be trying to avoid capturing the grass or bushes in the photos.


In the past, you would have needed to pay an expensive fee to a pilot for the use of a private plane or helicopter.  Now, you can make it all happen more affordably with drones.

Besides being used by some to spy on neighbors, drones have a variety of uses.

The good news is that one of these is to show off the high value of your home to potential buyers.

As regulation continues to shape the future of drones and their legal use by civilians, you can still stay ahead of the crowd by hiring a licensed drone photographer or getting the license to fly one yourself.

Why does drone photography give you an advantage over other sellers?

The house, the yard, the distance from neighbors – this is a valuable shot.

Whether doing it yourself or hiring an experienced professional, make sure to draw up a plan.

Map out the route, plan the time of day, and be prepared to take multiple photographs or video shots to give yourself options.

Do you want to benefit from the lighting effects of sunrise or sunset? Do you want to catch the school bus en route?

Do you want to include any wildlife around your property such as deer?

Think ahead. Planning the details will help your drone project move smoothly and provide a valuable finished product.

Video Walk-Through

We’re now a mile ahead of the rest.  This is every home buyer’s dream.  You could use a drone or use your camera, but either way, taking potential buyers on a walk through their future home could be just the motivation they need to further explore the purchase and sign the contract.

How many entrances do you have to your home? Consider starting a separate video from each door and walking through the home to give the viewers multiple perspectives. The more you can give, the more value you will create, the more offers you will receive, and the more quickly you will make the sale.

To take it up another notch, consider making it a guided tour by either having someone walk in front of the camera while explaining each room, or make it a guided tour with a voice-over.

There’s always someone in your circles who has a great phone voice, so if it’s not you, ask this person for a favor. Otherwise, you can hire a voice-over professional through an online agency.

If you could save a few long-distance potential buyers the cost of a plane trip, you’ve already won in their eyes.  It now gives them a sense of urgency to be the first to snatch up your house before it’s gone.