Bad photography in real estate photos drives me CRAZY!!! I don’t care how expensive or inexpensive a home may be – it is the listing Realtor’s duty to tell the client to CLEAN UP before they photograph the home because if they don’t, it is a huge turn off to buyers. I usually give my clients a useful little “tip sheet” of do’s and don’ts before we do the photos. Your Realtor should either be using a high quality digital SLR Camera to shoot your home, or should bring in a professional photographer. No exceptions. If they don’t do either, they are probably not a full-time, professional Realtor. Point and shoot cameras or worse – iPhone photos – are NOT acceptable for marketing what is likely your largest financial asset. After all, a picture is worth a thousand words.
Kitchens and bathrooms should have the counters completely free of everything – stuff it all in a drawer if you have to – make it look model home clean for the shot! Your Realtor should be giving you advice on how best to display the home (magnets off the fridge, please!) or else you need a new Realtor. Check out the latest Bad MLS Photos below… and more here. When it’s time to list your home for sale, please call the Realtor who knows how to stage your home correctly so it sells fast!
^Kitchen comes complete with dirty laundry and full garbage cans!
^Fabulous eat in kitchen! Must be near the laundry room.
^We get it. Some people are packrats. But if you are serious about selling, clear the junk!
^It would literally take the Seller or agent 5 minutes to pick up the laptops, book bags and other miscellaneous non-sense before this photo was taken. And open the blinds please, a little natural light is nice!
^Again, in under 5 minutes you could stuff all the stuff on the countertops under the sink and remove the kiddie bath towel and this shot would be great. Oh and turn on the lights please! Lazy!
^Multiple issues with this one. 1. Turn on the lights. 2. Open the blinds. 3. Focus the camera lens. 4. CLEAN UP THE JUNK!!!
^Do I really even need to comment?
^Fancy iPad, dude! Again, kitchen counters and fridge should be clean and free of EVERYTHING but maybe a coffeemaker! Otherwise it just looks cluttered and the look you are going for here is spacious! Even if the kitchen is small!
^Oy. Can we take the photo on the side of the kitchen that doesn’t face a wall of cabinets hanging down? And again, remove everything?
^Where do I start? Remove baby/doggie gate. Straighten carpet, if that’s what that thing is. Remove junk from countertops. And advise seller to paint that hideous green wall a more neutral color!
^This one is my favorite of the day. This appears to be a nice kitchen with granite countertops, but you really can’t tell because of the angle the photo was taken from, all the junk on the counters, lack of lighting…and finally – is the small dog in the left of the photo squatting and pooping? It kind of looks that way to me! No pets in real estate photos please!