Pretty As A Picture
Some reports say as many as 80 percent of home buyers start their search online. So it goes without saying that creating an appealing property profile on the Internet is an important step in the selling process .
Start by coordinating with your real estate agent about when and how the digital photos will be taken. Some professionals take the images themselves; others use a dedicated staff member and still others use an outside company for services such as virtual tours.
Before the photo shoot you will want to spend time preparing your property. Most online profiles begin with an appealing photo of the home's exterior. If possible, select a sunny day that will show your property in its best light, but be wary of shade trees that may cast strange shadows in the photo. Make sure the lawn and landscaping are well trimmed and there are no cars in the driveway or out front. And remember if you have an outdoor living space, such as a patio, deck, pool, porch, garden or spacious yard, to showcase these features as well.
Next turn your attention inside. The most important part of taking an effective photo for online use is to declutter. Remove all unnecessary items and distractions. You want the rooms to appear well-organized, spacious and inviting.
Finally, turn the camera outward. If you have wonderful vistas and views, buyers should see those positives too.