Picture This

Picture This

According to the National Association of REALTORS®, 92 percent of homebuyers use the Internet in their home search process. When marketing your home online, professional-quality photos can help prospective buyers see your home in the best possible light. Here are a few tips from Quicken Loans and AOL.com to make your photos stand out.

Before taking any photos, tidy up the rooms
to avoid clutter in your pictures. Make the beds, remove all visible clothing and personal items, and shut the closet doors.

While you want to include as much of the room as possible in your photos, avoid using wide-angle lenses, which can make rooms appear distorted and larger than they really are. If it’s too difficult to include the whole room in a single shot, try shoot- ing from one corner of the room facing the entry.

When taking exterior photos, make sure the sun is behind you and shoot exterior photos in the morning or early evening.

Most importantly, show off the house, not what’s in it. Focus on the architectural details, like the bay windows, the ornate wood mantle above a wood-burning fireplace or the spacious backyard.

Taking extra time to create quality photos of your home can make a positive impression and encourage prospective buyers to see it in person.

CRS Your Home Newsletter – March/April, 2015

Tammy Fadler