Part of getting your house ready to sell is to photograph your home in a way that shows off its best features. Taking pictures of a home is very different from any other kind of photography, but it’s important to get it right, so your photos look neat, clean, and professional in your online listing. Here’s a look at the best ways to take pictures of your home in Dallas.
1. Clean and Stage First
If your home doesn’t look good in person, it’s not going to photograph well. That’s why it’s important to deep clean and stage your home before you try to take any pictures. Remove any family photos or personal items as part of your staging. Go through your house before you take pictures and hide any cords, clear off the countertops, close the toilet lids, and make the beds. Be sure there’s no visible dirt or grime, and no clothes on the floor or laundry in the baskets.
2. Use a Good Quality Camera
Cell phone cameras have come a long way in the last 20 years, but they’re still not quite up to the task of taking real estate photos. Find a good quality point-and-shoot digital camera that has at least five megapixels. You can take a look at some of the best cameras for real estate photography here.
3. Go For Natural Light
Lighting can make or break home photos, so it’s best to try and photograph your home when there’s a good amount of natural light. Avoid blazing sun coming through the windows, though. A bright, cloudy day is ideal. It usually looks best to leave overhead fixtures and lamps off, as long as there’s enough natural light in the room. But in basements and areas of lower light, overhead fixtures might need to be turned on.
4. Make Sure Your Lines Are Straight
Every room has lines. The corner where the walls meet. The seam between the ceiling and the wall. The top of the couch. A bookshelf. These all create lines, and part of taking good real estate photos is making sure the lines stay straight. Look through your lens before you snap the photo, and make sure your camera is parallel to the walls to create the straightest lines possible. A tripod will make this step much easier!
5. Focus on Whole Room Shots
It’s ok to take close-up pictures of some of your home’s features like the backsplash or custom cabinetry, but as a general rule, it’s best to capture the whole room in your photographs. Prospective buyers scrolling through online listings want to be able to understand the layout of your home, and that’s hard to do with too many close-ups.
Joe Homebuyer Dallas Is Here
It’s a lot of work to photograph your home on your own, and it can be expensive to hire a professional. Joe Homebuyer Dallas is here to help! We’ll buy your home in any condition, with no need for professional listing photos or staging. We specialize in buying unwanted rental properties, homes in foreclosure, vacant properties, fixer-uppers, and more in Dallas, Texas, and the surrounding communities like McKinney, Fort Worth, and Frisco. Tell us a little bit about your home and get your cash offer today!