3 Listing Photo Do’s and Don’ts

If you have been thinking about putting your Brea home up for sale, a strong listing portfolio is a must.  In today’s real estate market, many buyers are finding or narrowing down their home search strictly by looking at online listings.  Therefore, a thorough and well photographed listing is important-to ensure a fast sale at top dollar.  I would like to share the following do’s and don’ts when it comes to listing photographs.

  1. Do: Take Exterior Shots

Believe it or not, the exterior of your home in terms of a selling point is just as important as the interior of your home.  Many buyers are looking for a total package when it comes to buying a home, so make sure to include a few pictures of the exterior of your home and your yard in your listing portfolio.

  1. Don’t: Take Crooked Pictures

On more than one listing portfolio, I have seen a leaning house.  When you are taking a picture of your home, be sure that your home’s roofline is parallel to the photo’s frame.  Other outdoor listing photo guidelines include:

  • Don’t have other objects such as cars or trees blocking or impeding the view of your home.
  • Be sure to tidy up your yard and mow the grass before taking an outdoor listing photo.
  • Prune and trim all bushes, shrubs etc.
  1. Do: Capture Your Home’s Selling Features

If you have recently renovated areas of your home, make them a focal point in your listing photos.  This is especially true for bathrooms as they are a main area of interest for prospective buyers and one of the first rooms to be upgraded in a newly owned house.

  1. Don’t: Capture Yourself or your Flash

When you are taking listing pictures, pay particular attention to where you are in location to the photo.  What you do not want in your listing photos are pictures of you in a mirror, pictures of your flash or pictures of your pets.


You want your listing photos to showcase your home, not the owners or inhabitants of your home.

  1. Do: Stage Each Room

Take the time to stage each room before photographing it.  You want all of your listing photos to be eye catching and impressionable.  When it comes to staging, less is always more.  Remove all but the necessary from each room and put the emphasis on the open floor space that is available, not the items.  You want to sell buyers on the lifestyle that your home offers and allow them to envision living there.

  1. Don’t: Take Pictures of the Ordinary

Your listing photos should not include pictures of ordinary day to day life.  No buyer wants to see a somewhat cluttered and messy kitchen or your child’s bedroom with their favorite sports team plastered all over the wall.  When it comes to listing photos, it is necessary to keep in mind the importance of every photo and the impression that these photos will make on a potential home buyer.

By following these simple do and don’t guidelines, your listing photos should be eye catching and make your home stand out from all others.  If you would like more information about how to create a strong online listing portfolio or to see how I can help you sell your Brea home, please contact me today.

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