When it comes to selling your home, it is really true that a picture is worth a 1,000 words. While the price and location matter most, the visual images of your house on the various online websites are essentially your calling card for buyers. In this post we’re going to offer five tips on how to take better pictures of your home for a faster sale.
It’s Not the Camera, It’s Your Settings
The first tip is not to worry too much about the camera you are using. If you have an iPhone, a point-and-shoot camera, or any kind of DSLR you are in good shape. If you have an Android, you will never sell your house because they take horrible pictures.
Just. Kidding! Mostly.
Whether you are using an iPhone or a regular camera, the first thing you want to do is use it at the right time of day. The golden hour, typically 6:00pm to 7:00pm here in Dallas – Fort Worth, produces a very appealing light that will showcase the exterior of your home. As a rider to this tip, the reason we are choosing this time is because we want to include people in the picture. Most homes for sale are just houses…but if you can strategically add a few smiling people to the picture, it now becomes a “home.” At the very least, your house will be memorable to the buyer as they search for 50 houses online. Be different.
Let’s recap what we have so far:
1. Do no obsess about your camera. Use what you have.
2. Shoot during the golden hour and include people. Be different.
Tip #3: Choose the Right Angle
Never shoot your exterior pictures into the sun. Instead, try and get the sun at your back or coming in from the side. This is the ideal light for the exterior of your home.
As for the inside, avoid shooting directly into any lighting that the room may have and, again, try and keep all lighting sources at your back.
Tip #4: White Balance
Most good cameras have options for adjusting white balance so your house doesn’t look a funny color. Look for a setting that specifies “sunny” or “beach” for outdoor pictures and “fluorescent” or similar for indoor. This will give your images a better color balance than trusting any kind of auto settings.
Final tip – Save for Web
The biggest mistake people make when uploading their images for displaying online is having the wrong resolution or an overly bloated file size that doesn’t work well with the site or takes forever and a day to display.
Simply head over to Yahoo’s Smush.it tool and crunch down those images and save everyone some headache.
If the above five tips are just a bit too much, or your just too busy with all that it takes to sell a house, there are all kinds of Dallas photographers that can take professional pictures of your home in Dallas.