MLS photo tips
My house is currently on the market, and luckily we've had 9 showings in the past week that it's been listed (no offers yet, but we are trying to stay optimistic!). We decided to take our own photos instead of having the realtor do it. I think the MLS photos are extremely important. Many people looking online make their decision about whether to see your house based on these photographs. Here are some tips I thought I'd pass along to make your MLS photos look better:
1. Use a good camera--we used a digital SLR camera to take our shots (or hire a real estate photographer--I think they cost about $300 or so). Point and shoot cameras just don't do a very good job in my opinion--especially for interior shots.
2. Adjust your images. I used iphoto to improve the quality image of the photographs. First, I adjusted the exposure and lighting if necessary. Then I sharpened all the images. Then (this is the secret!) I added a slight red tint to all the interior shots--it gives a nice warm glow...
3. Make sure your exterior shot has a blue sky. I actually used photoshop to insert a blue sky into my exterior shot! It makes a big difference!
4. Less ceiling, more floor. Unless you have a really pretty light fixture, concentrate on focusing more on floor space. It makes the room look bigger.
5. Use a lot of pix--we have 14 photos in our listing to try to highlight as much as possible.
6. Staging--for example, set up your dining room table as if you are about to have a dinner party--and then take the shot. Put a little vase of flowers on the bathroom counter, with a rolled hand towel nearby, etc. Make it look picture perfect.