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Exterior Home Photography: What NOT To Do

February 26 2013

It's a fact: our loyal readers – that's you! – love photography posts. Real estate headshots, bad listing photos, pole aerial photographypole aerial photography, photographic toolsphotographic tools... these are the subjects of some of our most popular posts.

Today we're going to take a look at exterior home photography. While we're not exactly trained photographers, we can certainly spot listing photos that just don't work. And with so many home buyers judging listings by their photos, you know that a bad exterior shot just might prevent prospects from clicking through, no matter how nice the property really is.

Now without further ado – whether you choose to hire a professional or do it yourself – the six things to avoid in exterior home photography.

1. Trash

point2 trash exterior home photography

In the case of exterior home photography, curb appeal translates directly to web appeal, so do your sellers a favor and suggest they at least take five minutes to roll the trash cans in off the street. No buyer wants to spend money on a trashy house.

2. Trees

point2 trees2 exterior home photography

Forget the forest, when you can't see the listing for the trees, you're in trouble! In this case, we can't even see the bottom of the house, and the "landscaping" doesn't make up for it. If a thorough trimming doesn't help reveal the house, you might have to try aerial photography or creative angles. And please, wait until pedestrians are done crossing before snapping your shot!

3. Cars

point2 cars exterior home photography

If a viewer can't tell whether you're selling a house or selling a car, there's a problem. Too many listings have photos like this one (see also photo #1). Give your sellers advanced notice when you're coming by to take photos of their place and ask them to move their cars. This particular photo could've done with a little less asphalt, too.

4. Dark

point2 night home exterior photography

Dusk home exterior photography has its benefits. Midnight photography, not so much. If you want buyers to see themselves living in this house, they'll have to be able to see the house first. And again, why so many cars?

5. Sink Holes

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Make sure your listings look level; it's hard to sell a property that appears to be situated on a sink hole. While this is probably one of the easiest faux-pas for buyers to overlook, it's also one of the easiest to avoid. Even most smartphone cameras let you enable grid lines to make sure your critical horizontal features are level.

6. Photoshop

point2 photoshop exterior home photography

Don't go crazy with photo editing software. We suspect most people won't be fooled and, if they are, they will only be disappointed the first time they visit the house in person. A disappointed buyer is never your goal. (Our apologies to the good people at Adobe; we're pretty sure Photoshop isn't even to blame for this monstrosity.)

Remember: A good exterior shot will appeal to the right buyers and help move a listing quickly. Your ideal exterior listing photo will present a clean, unobstructed, well-lit, and level view that accurately portrays the property in its best light. The above photos just don't do the homes justice.

Do you take your own listing photos or hire a professional? What are some tips you've pick up along the way?

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