You’re ready to sell, and you’re raring to welcome in the viewers. You know a professional photographer is essential to capture the best aspects of your unique home, but have you laid the groundwork so that the pictures exhibit every irresistible angle?
Here are our top tips for fabulous property photography - learn from the pros!
We have all heard that first impressions count and never is this truer than when trying to sell your property. Not only will excellent photographs catch the attention of eager buyers, but by emphasising the lifestyle your home actually offers, a well-planned photoshoot is likely to draw in serious viewers who won’t waste your time.
So why not pinch a few tips and tactics from the world of professional photography to get your home ready for its market debut?
LAY THE GROUNDWORK
There is a lot to consider before inviting a photographer to take pictures of your house. Everything from the weather on the day of the shoot, to the quirks and features of your home, and even the experience of the photographer can influence the outcome.
While there isn’t a lot about these factors you can control, you do have the power to set the scene to achieve optimum results. Here are some expert tips to help you on your way:
CLEAR THE DECKS
You can’t add inches to the size of your rooms, but poor lighting and clutter can certainly appear to shave them off when taking pictures. Avoid pictures of dingy corners or garish decor by thoroughly decluttering, polishing, and rearranging furniture as necessary to maximise the beautifying benefits of reflective surfaces and light. This way, you can be sure you’re displaying the full potential of every room.
Top Tip – Photographers are often tempted to use a wide-angle lens, which in some cases may mislead a viewer or make the room appear to have strange angles. Consider this fact when discussing the options on the day.
SHOP FOR PROPS
Luxury homes in magazines elicit such desire because they have been expertly staged to hint at the lifestyle most people crave. No matter the size of your property, you can take a leaf out of these glossy publications and apply their style tricks yourself.
Here are some ideas for the different areas of your home that won’t break your budget:
Even if your kitchen isn’t fully bespoke, it’s always better to present it positively rather than avoiding pictures of it altogether. Help viewers imagine spending their days in the heart of the home by adding:
A wooden board piled high with rustic loaves of bread and delicious cheeses
Bowls of fresh fruit (strawberries, apples and limes work well)
Champagne and pastries
Flowers that chime with the home – wildflowers for a country farmhouse, or elegant lilies for modern properties
While people enjoy spending family time in the communal areas of the home, avoid displaying an array of toys or sentimental items in your photos. Many potential viewers may also find evidence of pets off-putting because of the damage they can cause to floors, carpets, and other areas of the property. Instead, opt for:
High-end magazines and coffee-table books
Bedrooms & Bathrooms
At the end of a stressful day, we often want to unwind in our own private space. You can help ensure bedrooms and bathrooms seem warm and inviting by including:
Crisp, ironed sheets
Fluffy white towels – for display only
Spa- and salon-quality toiletries
Even small lawns or courtyards can exude charm, aided by:
Tealights or church candle lanterns
A flowering plant as a table centrepiece
Hanging baskets in bloom