We’re fond of the analogy that shopping for real estate is a lot like online dating. The similarities are seemingly endless you should never be too eager, and you have to remember that looks can be deceiving.

That’s never more true than when it comes to presenting your home in real estate photos. You can have the most sought-after homes in the block, but if you don’t take the right pictures, your house might not get any views.

1. No More Corners

After all, every house has corners but they are just not appealing. Make sure to capture the whole room!

2. Forget about the Fish-Eye

The Goal of good photography is to represent the home like it exists in real life. Use a smart phone with a high quality camera or hire a propfessional photographer.

3. Take a Full photo of the exterior including any grounds. 

Take a few steps back and take a wide shot of the whole house, with all the foliage.

4. Always make sure you have interior photos of the house. 

If the photographer doesn’t even bother going into the house to take a picture… A wise buyer would keep far, far away.

5. Do not take a photo of a ceiling fan.

Take a step back and aim to “photograph the look and flow of the property.” Rather than just zooming in on a ceiling fan.

6. Having a happy picture of your property.

Please do not take ugly or grainy photos. Shadows fall into the frame when the angle is wrong, or photos are taken with out care.

7. Open the blinds and let the sunlight in.

Never show a house with the drapes closed. In fact, natural light is scientifically proven to sell homes faster and for more money. So give buyers what they want. Open all blinds and curtains to let that natural light into the room.

8. Clean up the clutter.

Please keep your home clean. If you can’t get rid of an odd item, at least move it out of the photo.

9. A different perspective?

If you somehow wind up with a sideways shot, you simply have to rotate the photo 90 degrees with photo editing. It’s the easiest thing to do, and if you don’t, it looks like you can not be bothered with your home.

10. Please get rid of the mess

Get a trash bag. Move it outside. Get a dumpster. Anything!  Even if you don’t care, pretend to. A clean house is critical to a successful photo shoot. Please wipe down counters and hide power cables and trash cans from view.

11. Thing Staging Your Property ?

Think of a beautiful table setup for family gatherings?

Think magazine photos with a point of view?

Think lifestyle ads?

Think from the perspective of a buyer?