Clean the house and remove the clutter

When we photograph your house we have a legal duty to represent it in fair and honest way. We cannot digitally clean your house or remove things you wish you had hidden. In short we cannot use PhotoShop to make structural or decorative improvements to your home. You need to make sure it's clean and tidy. Get rid of all bottles in the bathroom, put away all the gadgets that are currently living on your kitchen work surfaces, polish any hard floors, hire a carpet cleaner if your need to. Every prospective buyer will walk through your home working out how much they need to spend on it. Unless you are selling a doer-upper, a dirty bathroom could be hundreds off the asking price, stained carpets could cost you more, and a cluttered and cramped looking kitchen could be a deal breaker.

Give each room a clear purpose

Modern family living often means that rooms become multi-purpose. When buyers walk through your home they need to be able to see what each room is at first glance. Many of them will struggle to see how a play den could be turned in to a dinning room. Help them along the way by making sure each room looks like the room described in the property details.

Catch up on the DIY

All those little DIY jobs you've been putting off because they take a lot time and bit on money need to be done. Those holes in walls where the shelves used to be, the skirting board coming away from the wall, peeling paint and stained walls will knock far more off the asking price than they will cost to fix.

Don’t forget the garden

OK, so we only get to spend a few days a year sunning our selves in the garden, but we're British, we like like our gardens. Get out the sweeping brush, the hoe and the jet wash, mow the lawn and weed the paths. I know this sounds like hard work, but if you don't do it potential buyers will be put off by the work they will have to do.

On-line Estate Agents

On-line estate agents may not give the same level of support offered by your local high street agent.

It is up to you whether you want to save money or get a personal service, but in terms of residential property photography, there are a few things you need to know.

 

Some agents will ask you to provide your own pictures. Shooting them yourself will save you a few pounds, but unless you know what your doing it will have an adverse impact on the number of click-throughs you get on Rightmove, Zoopla and Prime Location. And more click-throughs means more viewings.

For agents who are offering to shoot the pictures for you, check out who will be taking the pictures. It may be the valuer with a nice camera, but nice cameras don't always mean nice pictures. Also check out how much they are charging for 'professional' pictures and exactly what you will be getting for your money.

Not all professional photographs are shot by professional photographers. You don't need any qualifications to be a professional photographer, so even if they say they are professional pictures, make sure the pictures they produce are going to do your home justice.

If you change agents you may not have access to the pictures. You are free to give our pictures to any and all agents of your choice.