Listing photos are similar to profile photos on social networking sites— it can make or break your image (or, in this case, your home) to another person. For instance, with more and more Eastern Panhandle homebuyers in West Virginia real estate searching for homes in Charles Town, Ranson, Shepherdstown, Harpers Ferry, Martinsburg, Inwood, Falling Waters, and Hedgesville online, your listing photos are the first thing they will see. The photos will also be the one factor that helps them decide whether to turn their "viewing" of your home online into a "viewing" of your home in person. Listing photos make all the difference to homebuyers and here's how you can make yours stand out:
Time the Lighting
A photo taken at the wrong time of day can make a big difference in how the photo is perceived. For instance, those with dark, dingy lighting or taken during an overcast day or stormy weather can give the homebuyer a negative perception right off the bat. A photo taken with glowing, natural light during the morning or on a sunny day can instantly boost the home's perception to the homebuyer and peak their interest.
Highlight What's Important
Have you ever seen listing photos that highlight the wrong parts of the home? Maybe they are taken from the car or the backyard and do not feature flattering angles. When taking listing photos, be sure they are of the home itself and highlight its features that will be important to the buyer. Trees in the yard are not what is going to sell the home to the buyer, so focus on the structural aspects instead.
Show the Room
Eastern Panhandle homebuyers want to see the size of the room, not just one corner. Take listing photos from doorways and showcase the entire room, rather than one corner or angle of the specific space. Also, be sure there is no glare from a TV, mirror, or large window as it will skew the image of the photo.
Take Clear Photos
There is nothing worse when looking at listing photos in Jefferson or Berkeley County real estate and finding blurred images or camera flare-ups. Hold your camera steady and stabilize your hand, stand completely still and level to avoid fuzzy photos. You can also use a tripod if you don't trust your hand to take a steady picture. Be sure to clear your lens of all dust, debris, bugs, and watch the images to make sure there are no camera blemishes in them.
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