Asheville Real Estate Photography
The Power of Good MLS Photos

I thought I’d share some before and after MLS photographs with you to show how powerful pictures can be to a prospective home buyer.  So many buyers begin their search on the internet that sellers have no choice but to make sure their photos look spectacular!  If a buyer isn’t moved by your photos, they will simply move on to the next listing.

Home Staging and Real Estate Photos Asheville

I provided home staging and professional real estate photography services on this home. You can clearly see from the before and after photos how powerful a good photograph can be.

When trying to sell your home, take the time to not only invest in hiring a professional home stager, but make sure your real estate and MLS photos are better than your competitions!

MLS Photo - Before

MLS Photo – Before

Wait until it’s a bright, sunny day before taking exterior shots. The front of the home is usually the first photo that a buyer will see.  Much like curb appeal, it has to stop them in their tracks! This before photo was obviously taken on a rainy day.  The ground is wet and it looks dreary.  Not a welcoming photo.

MLS Photo - After

MLS Photo – After

Realtors can upload 24 or more photos to Realtor.com and other popular real estate websites.  As the front of the home is the first photo a buyer will see, there is no reason that you can’t use more than one!  This photo was taken on a bright, beautiful day. The house looks inviting and has great curb appeal.

MLS Photo - After

MLS Photo – After

Proper lighting is important. Mid-morning or late afternoon are the best times for taking exterior shots.

MLS - Before Photo

MLS – Before Photo

The most important rooms to photograph, in addition to the exterior front and rear, are the living room, kitchen, master bedroom and master bath.  Take the time to professionally stage these rooms before taking photographs and putting them on the internet.

MLS Photo - After

MLS Photo – After

Photos should be taken in natural light, whenever possible. Avoid wide angled lens if your photo appears distorted.  Buyers can easily tell when you’re trying to make a room look larger than it is by using a wide angled lens.  Focus on creating a photo that would cause the buyer to want to take a second look and schedule a showing!

MLS Photo - After

MLS Photo – After

 

MLS Before Photo

MLS Before Photo

There is nothing at all about this kitchen that would help a buyer visualize this space.  Families spend a lot of time in their kitchen area and your photos of the kitchen should never appear cold and sterile.

MLS Photo After

MLS Photo After

 

MLS Photo Before

MLS Photo Before

When forced to take awkward shots, try to add a focal point that enhances rather than detracts from the view.f

MLS Photo After

MLS Photo After

 

MLS Photo Before

MLS Photo Before

For women in particular, the bathroom is one of the most important features when making the decision to buy a home.  Even with cold tile and hard counter tops, there are a lot of ways to soften the room and make it more appealing.

MLS Photo After

MLS Photo After

 

MLS Photo After

MLS Photo After

 

MLS Photo Before

MLS Photo Before

This photo is an example of what not to put on the MLS. It would be better to use another interior photo then to upload a photo that is drab and dreary.

MLS Photo After

MLS Photo After

Don’t be afraid to use the panoramic settings on your camera.  Although hard to visualize here (try clicking on the photo to enlarge it), a panoramic photo is perfect when you want to show off a spectacular view!

MLS Photo After

MLS Photo After

Asheville Real Estate Photography, Home Staging and Photo Styling Services

Forgie Home Staging & Redesign provides Realtors and home sellers with professional and affordable home staging, photo styling and real estate photography services.  To learn more, call us at 828-246-9303.