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3 Tips for Preparing Listings for Professional Photography

The photos you have for your listings represent the property and you as a real estate professional. If your photos look bad, then it makes you look bad. Luckily, there are 5 easy steps you can implement that will make your photos look stunning on the MLS and make you proud to use in advertising.

You have worked hard to get to the this point, so don't take shortcuts that will be costly in the future.

Tip #1 - Discuss Cleanliness Expectations with Client

Make sure your client knows what is acceptable and what is not. For example, the house should be clean, decluttered, and have pets out of sight. Have the beds made and hide all personal belongings and photos that should not show up in photos. This is especially important for smaller listings to make the rooms feel like they have more space.

Bonus Tip: Consider getting a professional cleaner to come a day or two prior to photos.

Tip #2 - Get Professional Staging

If your listing is vacant, it could definitely be beneficial to have the listing staged. This gives buyers a chance to visualize what their new home could look like when they move in. There are also plenty of different styles you can choose from depending on your location and what

you think the best buyer would like.

Bonus Tip: You can also get photos of a vacant property Virtually Staged.

Tip #3 - Hire a Professional Photographer

You would be SHOCKED at how many listings there are listed near $1,000,000 and all of the photos were taken on a Phone or iPad. Now don't get me wrong, phones' technology has advanced and the camera's are much better today than they were 5 years ago. But no matter what iPhone you have, it is extremely hard to replicate the quality that a photographer will be able to provide you with. It's not just about the equipment though, it is mostly because of experience. The ROI of investing in a photographer that loves what they do and wants you to succeed is far more valuable than the money you will save by taking the photos yourself.

Bonus Tip: Contact me for all of your photography and videography needs!

Getting a listing is always exciting, especially in this market. How you take advantage of that opportunity is entirely up to you. Hopefully these tips were helpful to you and if they were, please share this with your friends! As always, if you have any questions feel free to contact me anytime!


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