We learn a lot about life by doing the wrong thing first and getting corrected by someone with more knowledge or experience.  However, real estate transactions don’t occur very often and most folks  seldom question the knowledge or experience of their real estate agents.  The images used to showcase your home should tell the story of the property you’re selling. Here is a cheat sheet of photos that leave the potential buyer confused, underwhelmed or uninterested.

FX8404196 - Living Room

Gloom and doom.  I gotta tell you, this is a big pet peeve of mine. Turn on the lights, remove the “stuff” in this photo and take it again.  A buyer wants to see what they are buying.  A dark room full of someone else’s stuff doesn’t interest them whatsoever. You’re creating negatives rather than highlighting positives.





You’re too close!  Take a few steps back and gain some perspective.  Is this a walk-in closet? Don’t make the viewer guess.  And don’t upload pictures with the date on it, it just tells me you don’t know how to turn it off or don’t bother to learn how.




First impression. I couldn’t believe it, this was the first image that a viewer would see on the MLS.  95% of listings show….uh…the house from the outside!  The good news is the flash work,s but  it creates a glare on the glass. Perhaps they could have opened the shower door and projected more light into the whole room and shown the user more of the shower stall.  Oh wait, does that towel rack not have a towel bar?  Better not!

- Interior (General)



Thats cool, I guess.  If the photo doesn’t show something of value don’t take it.






FX8353197 - Exterior (Front)


Beautiful county road and trees. That should be the caption because that’s all I can see. Not to mention I suspect there is a lot more house to the right I’m missing out on because I’m looking at half of the neighbors house to the left. The photographer might have had good intentions and it could have looked good standing there looking at the layout in real life.  But this is why you don’t just take 1 picture and go onto the next one.  Take 5 or 6 from all different angles and choose the best one the captures all the right elements. If you take one picture, your stuck with 1 picture and it just might suck.
FX8370193 - Full Bathroom



Wicked awesome style. What do you think I’m more interested in seeing as a buyer? The tub, shower fixtures,  and tile work or your $10 shower curtain that you’ll probably take with you when you move?



FX8402050 - Bedroom (Master)
I need more light. Please people, please!




FX8248901 - Dining Room



Does this look like a real dining room? It was a good idea by the photographer to think about staging the room so that buyers can get a better feel for the space.  A tiny table and some fold up chairs misses that mark by quite a bit.  Maybe lose the drapes, paint the walls and turn on a light!


- Kitchen



Illustrating a problem.  Chefs, can you see a potential cooking issue here?  There isn’t any counter space! Strip the counters to the bare minimum. Heck, take everything off, take the shot and put it back when you’re done.
FX8151625 - Living Room




Nice ceiling.  Now maybe this photographer is 7.5ft tall and this is how they see the world but most people aren’t. Concentrate on a level shot showing both the floor and ceiling.


- Interior (General)



What a great dryer that kinda looks old and broken.  Take the basket off the dryer, shut the dryer door, and back up to show a nice laundry area, not just the dryer with special guest, the washer.





FX8324209 - Exterior (General)




Wheres the rest?    I’m guessing this is a cell phone camera and the photographer zigged when he should have zagged. By that I mean you should always take the photo in landscape mode, side to side instead of up and down.  When you convert portrait images the sides get lost and usually turn into black bands on the left and right of the image.