Ask the Expert
By Scott Gallacher, Senior Negotiator at Hennings Moir, a Property Sharing Expert estate agency in Saltash, 01752 850440
- I totally understand that good photos are important for selling my house, but do you recommend I do anything to prepare for them?
- Yes, there are – potential buyers expect to see photographs of almost every room in a house nowadays, both online and on the sales particulars and first impressions count for a lot, as it could mean the difference between them booking a viewing or deciding against it.
But you’re right – it’s no good there being a whole load of photos if they’re badly composed, ill-lit, or just plain uninspiring. And it is arguably even more important to prepare your house for the camera than it is for visiting buyers, who are much more likely to be distracted by other sights and sounds.
Most agents routinely use professional photographers and luckily, most estate agents these days appreciate the value in investing in the latest technology and opt to buy good quality ‘professional’ cameras as well as attending and sending staff on photography training courses to learn how to use and get the best results from all of their settings and gizmos, in order to produce decent photos showing your home at its very best.
However, an agent can have all of the best tools and knowledge but if a home is untidy or cluttered, that will be captured with piercing clarity in the photographs so some preparation is needed. Your estate agent will offer tailored advice on preparing your home but as a general rule, the key is tidiness.
So, make sure the garden looks well tended and clear of anything unsightly, like rubbish bins. In reception rooms, make sure cushions are plumped up; dining tables either laid for a formal meal or completely clear; children’s toys and magazines tidied away, etc. Check all the lights work and if necessary, remove surplus pieces of furniture to create a feeling of more space.
Also, try to make your kitchen look as pristine as it did the day it was installed. Make sure all beds are properly made. In the bathroom, fold towels neatly and remove any unsightly collections of shampoo bottles, etc. And toilet seats should always be down!
Scott is the In house Photographer at Hennings Moir and prides himself on the quality of his photos which he firmly believes helps sell more houses for Hennings Moir, the award winning estate agency in Saltash
Hennings Moir 136c fore St Saltash Pl12 6JR 01752 850440