Shakespeare may have said “all the world’s a stage”, but he never had to prepare a house for sale online. Your house is your stage when it comes to promoting it via estate agents and online portals like Zoopla and Rightmove (and local estate agencies, like us!). You need that perfect first impression to really ‘wow’ your potential buyers. But how do you begin, and what photos will create the most interest?
Work outside to in
The first image people will see is one of the outside of your house, which makes sense – so you have to make sure you have everything as pristine as possible on the outside before you can think about tidying up inside. Downpipes should be straight and clean, weeds and guttering taken care of, and remove cars from the garage or driveway to show the available amount of space.
Capture the best bits
This sounds extremely obvious, but you know your home better than anyone and you know which parts of it look great, you know which parts you’re proud of. Perhaps it’s a well laid-out kitchen with incredible windows that fills the room with daylight of a morning, or maybe a living room that looks somehow comfier from a certain doorway. It’s all about making sure you have the best view of your house, so make sure you take it in as much daylight as possible.
Don’t bother with darkness
Speaking of daylight, taking pictures in the evening, dusk, or at night is a waste of your time. The best time for your house to look its best is in the day, when light freely bounces around rooms and this natural lighting will help to outline a room’s key features. Having dodgy ceiling lighting can create more contrast in a photo which may mask some of the charm and warmth of the room.
Resolution is important
Time to get technical: a good resolution to be having photos taken at is 1600x1200PPI (pixels per inch). Cameras and phones will easily be able to take photos of this size and it means that you won’t have to worry about them losing crispness when they’re resized to be a part of online image carousels or on third-party websites.
Consider the room’s height
Taking an almost top-down view of a room won’t be flattering and won’t give any indication on how large the room is, and what available space it has. If you’re taking photos yourself, take them at waist height, even if this means crouching for a view through the viewfinder! Taking photos just a couple of feet from the floor is flattering and perfectly shows off the interior space.
Still need some direction?
iSell is a well-established (estate agents) with a team of local experts who know all about capturing that perfect interior and providing that best possible first impression. Give us a call today to find out how we can help!