Home Photo What Not to Do's

Apparently not every single home seller and Realtor in Orange County reads this blog.  Don’t get me wrong.  Several of you enjoy this little shot of real estate reality and are occasionally kind enough to let me know that I’ve provided some useful information, and for that I am deeply grateful.  So loyal readers, forgive me if I repeat several key pointers regarding home listing photos that we’ve talked about before, with the hope that the right home sellers and Realtor is reading me this week.  Off we go on what not to do when it come to the listing photos.

No vertical photos with your smart phone – Vertical photos use only a small portion of the available area and don’t maximize the view of the room you are trying to highlight.  Note to all Realtors – use a professional photographer, with a high-end digital SLR camera, who knows how to show off your clients’ house in the best possible light.  If you still refuse to take this one small, inexpensive, strategically brilliant step to help your client gets the attention of the maximum number of potential buyers, shame on you.  But if you still insist on doing the photos yourself, at least go horizontal.  Turn your smart phone sideways to take advantage of all the image real estate available to you.

No dishes in the sink –  You are not making a documentary on how many pots, plates, and utensils it takes to make the average American meal.  You are creating the most important marketing for your home, Mr. Seller and Ms. Realtor.  Taking an extra 10 minutes to hide the dirty dishes in the dishwasher, trash can, pantry, back yard, top cabinet or anywhere else that makes the invisible to the potential buyer meticulously inspection your home photos to decide if they want to come and take a look in person.  Please refrain from grossing people out and holding their noses just looking at the photos of your messy kitchen.

No need for us to be “Blinded by the Light” – Seriously.  Delete all photos where the only thing you can see is the blinding flash of light shinning in from the window(s) overpowering anything else about the house you’re trying to show.  Adjust the blinds, for crying out loud.  Or go back to the item above and haul in that professional photographer who knows how to do all that light balancing and technical photography stuff.  Please.

No Christmas decorations in April – I kid you not.  Now, I cannot include the picture of the living room with the Christmas tree on a listing that was just posted to our local MLS, because that belongs to the Realtor who just listed the house and chose to either pay a professional photographer (which I doubt based on the lighting, composition, and angle of the photo) or took the picture herself with her smart phone showing the six foot fully decorated Christmas tree right there next to the fireplace.  In April.  I cannot determine the location of the Elf on the Shelf, but I’ll bet he’s there somewhere.

I'm Leslie Eskildsen, Realtor.


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