Professional Photos can Help to Sell your Home
While you may not realize it, the pictures you use to market
your home could be holding it back from selling as quickly as it should or for
as much money. First impressions are extremely important, especially when you
are trying to sell your home. A single bad photograph can instantly turn off a
buyer and convince them not to even schedule an appointment to see your home in
person. Research has shown that professional photos can increase interest in
homes and ultimately result in a higher sales price.
Yes, hiring a professional to photograph your home involves
an additional cost. That is a cost that many homeowners may be reluctant to pay
in the current economy, but given the number of homes on the market that you
must compete with, shelling out the cash for a professional photography service
can be a solid investment. In fact, it's possible to recoup several times what
you pay for the cost of a professional photo shoot in terms of the amount you
get back in the final sales price. Moreover, professional photos can help to
sell your home faster.
Proper marketing is absolutely essential today. A staggering
94% of many buyers today use the Internet to search for a home before they ever
walk into the office of a real estate agent. If the photos used to market your
home online are not of the best quality and do not reflect your home at its
best you could lose potential buyers. Today's real estate market is more
competitive than ever before. The photos of your home must be able to
succinctly demonstrate why it is more appealing than other options.
The key to making the most of a professional photo of your
home is to ensure it is ready to be professionally photographed. Before
bringing out a photographer, make sure you have thoroughly cleaned, organized
and de-cluttered the home. Remember, buyers want to be able to envision
themselves living in a home and that is hard to do if it is cluttered
with all of your personal objects. It is also a good idea to consider
hiring a professional to come and stage your home for the photos shoot.
This is another expense, but also one that can pay off handsomely
when your home sells faster and for more money.
Professional stagers know how
to best maximize a home's assets and minimize its flaws; something that is
imperative when you are trying to demonstrate the appeal of your home through
It has often been said that a photo is worth a thousand
words and it is certainly true when it comes to marketing real estate. The
truth of the matter is that you could write the best description in the world
about the many assets of your home, but it would never come close to conveying
the true beauty of your home in the same way as a good quality photo.
A professional photo will allow you to show your home at its
absolute best. If you are not using professional photographs of your home,
there is a good chance you are not marketing your home to its full potential
and you are probably missing out on buyers as well as leaving money on the
table. Through the use of high-quality cameras, lenses and lighting,
professional photographers are able to achieve special shots and affects that a
simple point and shoot camera would never be able to accomplish. It is
precisely these types of shots that can truly make the difference in marketing
a home and increasing interest among prospective buyers.
Statistics indicate that only about 15% of all homes for
sale are currently being marketed using professional photographs. Taking
advantage of this option allows you to set your home apart from others on the
market and that can be crucial in a competitive buyer's market. Through the
right photographs, it becomes much easier to entice prospective buyers into
scheduling an appointment to tour your home in person, which should be one of
your primary goals in marketing your home. After all, if you cannot get a buyer
in the front door, you cannot get them to make an offer.
real estate agent does not already employ the use of
a professional photograph, seriously consider hiring one on your own. It is an
investment that can be well worth it in the end when you are able to sell your
home faster than others in the neighborhood and for more money.