Residential real estate has changed a lot in the past years. People don’t rely on open houses anymore when they want to check out a listing. Over 90% of Buyers now search for their homes online through sites like Zillow, Redfin or Door. That means their first impression of your home comes from the photos provided online. You’ll want to get the help of a professional when you take the pictures but there are a few tricks you can use to make your home look amazing in pictures.

1. Cantaloupe Rule

A simple rule to follow is the “cantaloupe rule”. It calls for everything smaller than a cantaloupe to be removed from the room before photos are taken. Picture frames, dog toy’s, or any other clutter lying around should be stowed away. Even though the decor may look good in person, it is distracting in photographs and can make a room look crowded and cramped. You’ll also want to be sure to remove any personal objects so that potential Buyers are able to easily picture their own belongings and decor in the home that could some day be theirs. For some extra staging tips if you don’t want to hire a professional, click here.

2. Lighting

The lighting in your photographs can make or break the pictures. If you use a professional photographer they usually take three pictures of each room in different light settings and then stitch them together for the final results. If you are taking them yourself, do NOT use flash, they make spaces look smaller than they actually are! You want as much natural light as possible so open shutters and open curtains for a much better image!

3. Paint

A simple way to improve the look of your home in photos is with a fresh coat of paint. If you ask any real estate expert or photographer, they will recommend white or neutral colors on walls to make spaces look larger and more open. You may adore your pink kitchen or lime green bedroom but painting over those walls with a more neutral color will give potential buyers the freedom to envision themselves in the house with a fresh start!

4. Clean

Clean, clean clean! You would be surprised at how much cameras actually pick up. Especially windows, glass and any other reflective surfaces should be cleaned and shined. It also doesn’t hurt to sweep and mop the floors to make sure your house is looking its very best!

For more tips on home photography or selling your home, contact an expert Door agent today!