When you post your ads online for your home, and you're selling it yourself, you always want to make your home stand out from the rest of the pack. Sure, you can tell people just how beautiful it is, how great the yard is, how the deck is fabulous. But what's really going to make people believe anything you say, even before they come and see it for yourself? Offering up pictures that not only accentuate the positives of your home, but allow the prospective buyer to picture themselves in your home without getting out of their seat, is an important step in the FSBO selling process.
With the ease of browsing through online ads, making decisions on what homes to see has really been simplified. That's why you need to not allow yourself to be taken out of the running before even meeting with the home buyer. Surveys done all around the country on home buying have mentioned that pictures are one of the most important factors in whether or not they take the next step and contact you. That's your way of getting your foot in the door, and them wooing them once they visit your house.
Most people will take pictures of what they think is important themselves. They'll clean up the place and show off some of their top features. But some go above and beyond that, and will hire a professional photographer who knows how to make your house look glamorous to the viewer. They usually know, especially the ones that have experience taking house pictures for ads, just what to do in order to make your house look good to public view.
Whether you go with a pro, or do it yourself, there are some key tips you keep in mind in order to make your home look the best it can be.
- Using fresh flowers and plants, as well as setting tables with magazines, or dining room tables with place settings, make your home look livable and enjoyable.
- Remove all clutter from view, including things you wouldn't normally think about like power cords and cables.
- Beware of open spots in the picture that make the house look less homey. You can move furniture around, or choose a different angle.
Make sure to pick up the added bonuses to the house, like a fireplace or a great view, in your pictures. Be careful that these same shots don't include negatives, like how close the house is to others.
- Remove most of your personal items from view, including toys on the floor, or even things you wouldn't normally think of, like refrigerator magnets. You want them to picture themselves in their new home, not themselves living in your home.
Just remember that whether you go with a professional photographer, or you do it yourself, the key is to make your home look inviting enough to get people to say to themselves, "I need to see this for myself". That's when you can really sell it to them, and get yourself into the later stages of the game.