A Picture is Worth a Thousand…Dollars!

A Picture is Worth a Thousand…Dollars!

A Picture is Worth a Thousand…Dollars!

Most homebuyers begin their search online, so it begs the question…what are some “dos and don’ts” for property photos? A house may be beautiful, but if the photos don’t showcase the property, not many buyers will step inside to see how amazing it really is. Check out these tips for maximizing your photo exposure:


If you ever needed your house to be tidy, the time is when you take photos (and also at showings, of course). You can adjust the brightness and contrast of a photo, but it is nearly impossible to edit out extreme clutter and lack of cleaning. You don’t have to get rid of it, but it does need to get outta there before it is listed on the market. You’ll be packing soon anyway, so go ahead and start with the knick-knacks and you’ll be packing the rest of your stuff up even sooner!


You want to give an accurate vision of the property through photos, but you don’t need to show every single thing. Closets are a good example of less is more—unless it is an amazing walk-in with custom shelving or something otherwise noteworthy, some details are better left viewed in person. However, some other details may be worth highlighting in a photo. For instance: an amazing view, a custom pantry or uniquely detailed doorknobs.


The pictures should show the potential buyer what they would be buying today. You want recent photos, not photos from 1979 when the house was just built or the photos from the winter that the house was covered in snow. While the snow pictures are beautiful, I’m sure, you want pictures from as close to today as possible. Old photos will only do one of two things—disappoint viewers once they arrive or prevent buyers from ever coming to view in the first place.


Is prepping to sell fun? No, it’s a chore. However, when selling your home, a picture is truly worth a thousand words. If you take the time to clear the clutter and properly stage the home, the pictures can be worth thousands of dollars.


Lisa E. Priest loves getting camera-ready and is a Palestine, Texas REALTOR® with Picket Fence Realty, Inc. You can reach her via phone or text at 903-948-3343 or read more at BuyPalestine.com.