How Not to Photograph a Listing

Wow – a little common sense goes a long way! This listing is added to my Walls of Shame…

DON’T USE A SO SO PHOTO AS THE HERO SHOT

Toys in the fore ground, clutter on the mantel, little frames on all walls…mediocre is the first impression…

MAKE THE BED!
Suggest to the seller that covering the box spring and having a tidy bed, sends a subliminal message that the place is peaceful and clean. The blinds, floor and decor are great – but the first thing that you notice is the bed. Chair in the foreground does not enhance the photograph.
ENTRANCE SHOULD BE INVITING TO VISITORS
The key is to de-personalize the property – the buyer may not have children – pick up their stuff and make it disappear during the showing…at the very least – listing agents should photograph accordingly

GET THE TOYS OUT OF THE PHOTO –
Sellers need the broadest audience possible – this space could be an elegant dining room for the next owner – plastic toys also do not elevate the perceived property value

 

DON’T EMPHASIZE NARROW HALLWAYS

Men in particular find them confining…

PATHETIC FRONT SHOT – WHICH SHOULD BE THE HERO SHOT
Stand away from the building a bit more, unless the door itself is a work of art, and then use it as a second feature to the overall front appearance. A potted plant to the left, a nice doormat and a straight eye, would have done wonders here…
 

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