A picture is worth a thousand words, or in this case, a thousand dollars worth of rent. You don’t need to hire a professional photographer to get the job done. Use these tips to make your photos stand out.
No one wants to look at a messy property. Clean and remove clutter before you snap some photos. You don’t want to distract from the features of the property, so remove the things that will pull focus. Take down fridge magnets, clear off tables, and remove smaller appliances from counters. Make the bed, clear away wires, and wipe down all shiny surfaces. You want your prospective tenants to picture themselves living at the residence, so make it feel spacious.
Lighting is also important for your photos. Well-lit spaces are more inviting, so open the blinds and turn on all the lights. You may have to take photos at different times of the day to catch all of your rooms in the best light possible.
Work the Angles
Take multiple photos of the same room from different angles and heights. The lighting and frame of reference will change depending on where you’re standing, so take shots from different corners and heights. Corner shots add dimension to the photo, but shooting straight ahead at a flat wall makes the room appear smaller than it is.
Smartphone cameras come with easy-to-use photo editing tools and a huge number of free apps you can download. It’s tempting to use them all and produce showroom quality photos, but this isn’t the time to practice your photoshop skills. Over-adjusting brightness, contrast, or using filters is a tell-tale sign to renters that the property won’t accurately represent your rental.
Quality photos make a great first impression with prospective tenants. With a little patience and care, you can take photos that make your property stand out.