Please refer to our Staging Your Home pages first before you begin photographing.  You may want to consider hiring a professional photographer to come and take your photos.  You can usually find someone in your area to do this for a couple hundred dollars depending on the package and size of your property.  If you would like suggestions on who you might get contact us here at Solid Realty Group and we can offer you some. Photographs are very important; most buyers will see your home online before they ever decide to schedule an appointment to view it in person. Make sure you make a good online impression.

Great! So you have decided to photograph your house yourself.  You have taken all the steps suggested for decluttering, rearranging the furniture, and staging your house.  You have replaced all the light bulbs, done your repair and touch up work, and you feel you are ready to go. Let’s get started with the photos.  The first thing to consider is the camera.  Cell phone cameras have come a long way in recent years and many are capable of taking quality photos of your home.  If you are not in possession of one of these phones then a digital camera can be purchased for a couple hundred dollars that will do the job. If possible it is better to open the curtains and blinds to allow the natural light in and allow for the buyer to see the view outside your windows as well and the inside of your home. This is of course assuming there is a view of something other than the side of the neighbor’s house outside the window. One of the main problems homeowners find when taking their own photographs is that the windows create a bright spot and the room becomes very dark.  This can be minimized by taking your photos on an overcast day or just before dark or after dawn when the light is more defused outside. Play with the photos a little bit; try them with the lights on and the lights off and see what gives you the better shot.  Homes are all different and the lighting in different rooms is different; if you do not have thousands of dollars’ worth of photography equipment you will have to see what works best as you proceed through your house. Take the larger rooms from several angles so the online home buyers get a full picture of what the rooms look like.  Stand in the corners of the rooms and get the shots. Focus on the following areas:

How to take Photos for your MLS Listing

  1. Consult the home staging guide to get you started. (Always remove personal and unnecessary items that clutter up the rooms)
    • Remember people are buying your house NOT your stuff.
  2. Make sure the room is well lit.
    • Light is important so people interested in your home can see the layout and want to come look!
    • Pull back the curtains and allow the sunlight into the house.
    • The best time to take pictures for the outside is morning for the east end and mid-afternoon for the west end homes.
  3. Stand in the corner of the room across from the light and take a few pictures for quality.
  4. You want a wide shot so people can see the full room.
    • If possible, take a few pictures from a straight angle, high and low and choose the best one! Remember, tilted shots or upward angles will distort the view and not give an accurate representation.
  5. Upload and send us up to 25 pictures of your house. Keep the size to 640x480. This way the images will be crisp. Anything bigger will not upload and anything smaller may have to be stretched which will distort the image.
    Include the following:

    • Outside Front View
    • Inside hallway/entrance
    • Livingroom
    • Kitchen
    • Dining room
    • Master Bedroom
    • Master Bathroom
    • Closet (If cleaned and ready to show)
    • Hallways
    • Additional bedrooms
    • Additional bathrooms
    • Backyard/Pool
    • Side of the house
    • Any additional pictures you think accentuates you house.

Common Photo Mistakes

  1. Sending picture that are too big or too small. The ideal image will run (640X480)
  2. If you crop your photos they will appear distorted and will be hard to image.
  3. Vertical Pictures can and usually misrepresent the image so keep the image wide by vertical.

**Photos must be no larger than 10MB in size.
**Each image must not exceed 2880×2880 pixels.

Once you have taken the photos you like, save them in .jpg format, attach them to an email or text them to 210.827.3733 and send them our way.

Remember when you bought your house. What features drew you to it? What caused you to fall in love? Look for the aspects that catch your eye. Have fun taking them but remember they are buying your house NOT your stuff so make sure it’s cleaned up and ready to show!

Feel free to call our office if you have questions, concerns or problems we are happy to walk you through anything you need help with.