6 Tips to Get the Perfect Photos for Your Listing

When you put your house up for sale, a little planning and thought can go a long way in creating an attractive, professional looking listing for potential buyers to review. While the description, details on square footage, number of rooms etc. are important… one key area of focus should be photos of what your home has to offer. You know what they say… a picture is worth a thousand words, and a set a high quality photos can speak volumes about your house. Use these 6 tips to get the most out of your photos:

The More Pixels, the Better

The more pixels you can get in an image, the higher the resolution and the better the quality of the photo. Don’t skimp on the pixels by using that dusty digital camera in your office drawer or a less than impressive phone camera. Instead, consider borrowing a high quality camera or hiring a professional. The last thing you want is a buyer who’s squinting at your listing to form rooms out of gloomy blobs.

Light, Light, and more Light!

You wouldn’t believe how many people take photos after dark with a flash, or don’t even bother to turn the light on in the room where they’re taking the photo. The more natural light that you can get into a room, the more bright and inviting your house will appear. Wait until key times of day when natural light can show off the features of each room and avoid using a flash if at all possible. The best times are typically early morning and late afternoon when the sun is not quite overhead.


Use Angles to Your Advantage

The best way to showcase a huge basement or a gargantuan yard is too take a photo from an angle that makes people say “Wow, that’s huge!”. To accomplish this, take into consideration the direction you are shooting from and use it to your advantage. Instead of standing in the middle of the room and taking several shots in front of and behind you, step back and include the whole area in one shot, especially if your have an open concept floor plan.

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Highlight the Pro’s, Downplay the Con’s

Allow people the opportunity to remember what’s great about your house, and give unique or interesting features first priority. Cutting off a classic clawfoot tub in the corner of a photo of your master bathroom doesn’t give anyone the opportunity to identify it as a major perk. Old-fashioned charm, special architectural touches or recently renovated areas are prime targets for focus in your listing. At the same time, if you have a couple dead patches of grass in your backyard or a cluttered play room, do your best to paint the most flattering portraits of those areas and if in doubt, upload them towards the end of your gallery.

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Remove Distractions

Sometimes the occasional leftover birthday balloon, unopened package or pile of shoes in the living room escapes our attention, but those instances create an immediate distraction for the viewer and draw attention away from the centerpiece: your house. Rather than having buyers debating what breed your dog is, remove anything from the photo that would not help a potential family to see themselves living there. Try to take an outside perspective… even things like a big, bright bean bag cushion in a family room can draw the eye away from what’s important.

Don’t Forget the Neighborhood

Remember, when someone chooses to buy they aren’t just choosing the house, they are also choosing a community. If your house boasts spectacular views, has a beautiful park right across the street, or is on a quiet cul de sac, consider taking a photo of those elements and anything that adds value to your property.

Overall, photos are what people remember most about a listing and they tell a story about your house. Give the buyer something that sticks with them, and they are that much more likely to setup a showing. Don’t forget, phenomenal photography doesn’t make up for a dirty or unkempt property in need of serious repairs… but it can give a great first impression.

View the beautiful listing featured above and more photos for ideas to showcase your home on my Pinterest page. When you’re ready to put your home on the market, give me a call and let me know what I can do to help.

Denver Relocation Guide – Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce

The Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce recently released a full relocation guide looking at all of the housing and neighborhoods in the city of Denver and is a great starting point when beginning your initial search for your next home. Follow the link below to review the guide:

Denver Relocation Guide

If you review this guide and get some great ideas on where to look, what to buy and want to start your home search, contact me today.



Check out this relocation guide from the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce

Check out this relocation guide from the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce

Modern, New Construction or Old-Fashioned Charm?

One of many things to consider, and a good starting point, is deciding whether you want to live in older home with a little bit of character or start with a clean slate in new construction. Both options have their pros and cons, and everyone has a preference. Whether you adore unique details like stained glass windows, classic brick fireplaces or original hardwood flooring you just can’t match the charm of an older home. However, older homes sometimes bring costly repairs, renovations and maintenance. New houses promise fresh, updated features and shiny new appliances but they can be lacking in personality and neighborhood warmth. Take a look at this list of pros and cons of newer construction to help you decide:


New Construction



  • New Plumbing, Electrical & Structural Support


Brand new building materials are a serious benefit, meaning little to no major repairs and more efficient use of utilities, not to mention time!



  • 100% Updated


Remember that 1960’s wallpaper in your grandparents’ house? In a brand new house tacky wallpaper, ancient carpets, and other bizarre decor are nonexistent.


  1. Ready to Customize

Neutral walls, finishes and other features leave it up to you to make changes that are all your own. The best part? You don’t have to live when anyone else’ style, even temporarily.





  • Newer Neighborhoods


A newer neighborhood usually hasn’t had a chance to grow into its surroundings. It may take a few years for your area to feel like home.


  • Unfinished Elements


Bare basements and incomplete landscaping may seem great for working on, but without the time or resources to dedicate to add-ons you may end up with a naked basement and a longstanding dirt yard.



  • “Cookie-Cutter” Designs


Newer homes, especially in suburbs and subdivisions, all tend to look alike… so much so that you can walk often into a house that looks exactly like yours just down the block. Opting for a older house sometimes (not always) ensures that your house and it’s history are one-of-a-kind.



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Old Construction




  • Hidden Treasures


When looking to build a home, some owners think ahead to add thoughtful and unique design elements, such as hidden storage or quirky conveniences. Details like these are hidden treasures not typically found in newer construction from a replicated design.



  • Lots of Character


In addition to hidden treasures, character comes in many forms and adds value for buyers looking for an older home. Stained glass, original light fixtures, fireplaces and restored appliances add a touch of personality that many people prefer.



  • Sturdy Materials


Many homes were built before the invention of synthetic materials such as decking materials, hardwood floors and other elements. The natural woods and other components are generally long lasting and higher quality than their evolved counterparts.



  • Older Neighborhoods


Older neighborhoods often come with an older overall population, which is something to consider when locating a home to raise a family or live fun and fast single life. Keep in mind the area that you are buying in before you fall in love with a older home.



  • Over-Customization


Having a different color carpet and paint in every room of a house can make for an overwhelming experience, contrary to new construction which is often more neutral. Keep in mind a house with a lot of “personality” can be a lot of work to make it your own.



  • Cramped Layouts


Looking for an open concept floor plan? If you prefer an older home, you may have a tough time finding the open space that you desire, as many older homes are more compartmentalized than newer construction. Be prepared to knock out a few walls to get the feel of that open concept living space.


Which type of house will you choose? If you still aren’t sure which is best for you, contact me today and let’s discover which type of home will be perfect for you.


July 2014 Market Stats

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