How to Take Great Photos for your Listing

Posted by on Monday, October 8th, 2012 at 10:53pm.

So you've put your house on the Calgary MLS® and need to take some photos. If you're looking for the best shots to help get a quicker sale here are a few tips you can follow to help make your home look like a castle.

1. Use the right camera


Make sure that your camera has a wide-angle lens and if it doesn't have it borrow someone else's. You're not going to get good photos unless you have this wide-angle feature on your camera to take sweeping shots of the rooms in your house.

2. Take your exterior shots from an angle

Most houses look better when they have a picture taken from an angle than they do when the shot is taken head on. As well, use a tripod if you have one or at least make sure that your hand is super steady when you take the picture. Don't be afraid to take plenty of shots either. Once you see them showing on your computer they can look a lot different than they do on your camera screen or through the lens.

3. Turn on the lights

Bad lighting will destroy any shot and won't help you sell the house quickly. When you're taking your pictures inside turn on all the lights and open the blinds or curtains. The more lighting the better when it comes to getting a crystal clear shot of a room.

4. The more the merrier

Take a lot of pictures so that you'll have plenty of choice once you have them up on your laptop or PC. Your real estate agent will let you know how many pictures you're permitted to put on your listing and you should upload the maximum allowed. When you have a lot of pictures on your listing potential buyers will tend to take more time looking at what you have to offer. This translates into better sales overall.

5. Don't forget to tidy up

A picture tells 1000 words and if there is even one thing out of place in the room it can stand out like a sore thumb. Take the time to stage the room before taking your shots and try to get everything looking as perfect as possible. Your photos are the advertising tools that are going to reach into the hearts of prospective buyers and lead them towards asking for a showing.

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