5 Tips for Taking Property Photos that Pop

May 15, 2020 | All, Property Tips

Photos are one of the top 3 things that assist to sell your property. Find out how to capture it to attract the most interest.

If you’ve wanted to sell your property during level 5 or 4 of lockdown, you’ve probably been asked to take your own property photos. Photos are one of the top 3 things that sell your property, alongside price and location of course, so this might sound like a daunting task, but it doesn’t need to be.

You can, in fact, take great photos with your cell phone.

Here are our 5 tips for taking property photos like a pro!

  1. Tidy the space – It doesn’t have to be surgically clean, just tidy. Neat, clean and tidy spaces allow potential buyers to see themselves living in the property; whereas dirty, unkept and cluttered spaces are an immediate turn-off.  Keep in mind that the camera can’t see where you put the items – sticking things in cupboards, or even just out of the shot, is fine for this purpose. Other specifics you can do to tidy the space include:
    1. Make the beds.
    2. Hang towels nicely and straight in bathrooms.
    3. Pack away toothbrushes, toothpaste, hair brushes and face cloths.
    4. Pack away any objects standing around like kids- or pet toys, and clear away any clutter. 
    5. Clear the dishes.
    6. Also, remember to tidy the garden area, should you have one. 
  2. Set good lighting – Property photos look best when taken in good light. Well lit rooms uplifts the viewer, and makes for a better quality photo. It is better to take photos during the mid-morning, or early afternoon than evening. Do:
    1. Open curtains to let natural light in.
    2. Switch on all lights.
  3. Landscape – Turn your phone on its side to take landscape photos as opposed to portrait (vertical) photos. Landscape not only shows more of the room, but is better for our marketing portals to showcase your property.
  4. Angles – Have you ever noticed that sometimes a photo just looks absurd, or doesn’t show you what you want to see? Or how some photos make rooms seem bigger/smaller than they really are? It’s all about the angle of approach.
    1. Take photos at chest or waist level and straight-on to your subject matter. Photos taken from eye-level facing down, make rooms seem very awkward, and not appealing to viewers.
    2. Try to capture the best view with your angle. For example in the bedroom, if there is enough space in the room to take this shot, stand a few feet away from, in front, and in the middle of your bed. Kneel down, try to capture your bedside tables and bed in the shot and take the shot from eye-level (if you’re kneeling). Or if the room is small, try to stand in the doorframe and take the photo from there.
  5. Subject Matter – We are often asked what are the most important elements to capture – and yes, you really do need to take photos of every main room of the house! Potential buyers want to see:
    1. Bedrooms – yes, all of them. If they are very similar, try to include a different colour duvet or pillows per room that potential buyers may be able to tell them apart.
    2. Kitchen – Try to take a good photo of the full workspace, or if open-plan, the view to, and from the kitchen. If you’re taking photos of the kitchen area itself, take this from eye-level, similar to the photo of the bedroom example above.
    3. Living space – can include the lounge and dining area if they are separate, or a combined shot if they are open-plan.
    4. Main Outside space – braai areas and pools are what most people want to see (if relevant). If you live in an apartment, the main outside space would be your balcony – which might be tricky due to space. For balcony shots, instead of just trying to take a photo of the balcony, try a half-half shot of the balcony and what it looks out onto. It will make it seem bigger too.
    5. Bathrooms are tricky to take nice photos of, but try and get at least one good shot of your bathrooms.

 

It’s always lovely to add that little bit extra to your photos like fresh flowers, or pot plants – but this is not a requirement. As long as your space is neat and tidy.

If you can master the above tips, your property will get more viewings, and a jump on any other properties in your neighbourhood that don’t list during lockdown. Remember to combine good photos with a realistic market price, and you should receive more interest and views – which may lead to a potential offer!

It’s always lovely to add that little bit extra to your photos like fresh flowers, or pot plants – but this is not a requirement. As long as your space is neat and tidy.

If you can master the above tips, your property will get more viewings, and a jump on any other properties in your neighbourhood that don’t list during lockdown. Remember to combine good photos with a realistic market price, and you should receive more interest and views – which may lead to a potential offer!

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