It’s no secret that listing your rental property with better photos will help you receive about 3 times more inquiries. You need to present your property in the best possible way. This means taking beautiful photos of your rental property. If you don’t have the budget or time to hire a professional photographer, here are some tips to follow to help you photograph your rental property.
1. Clean up and declutter
We can’t stress enough how important this is. You want to make sure your prospective tenant can imagine themselves living there. If all they see is clutter, that won’t happen! If you can’t do it yourself, hire someone. Average cleaning costs between $75-$200 depending on how big your place is. Ensure that you hide all footwear, hide messy chords, clean the kitchen, including all dishrags and items on the counter, as well as ensure that all pictures on the wall are hanging straight.
2. Brighten up the room
Natural light is the best light, so plan to take photos in the daytime AND turn on the lights. Brighter always looks bigger and truly enlivens a space. It is also best to photograph without flash.
3. Pick the right angle
The camera should ideally be at a height of around 4-5 feet and ideally on a tripod. These are inexpensive and available for phones as well. They ensure your shaky hand isn’t a factor. This is the best way to avoid blurry images and to keep photos straight and consistent.
4. Show a realistic perspective
Shoot toward a corner or from a doorway to provide a realistic perspective on your space. Using fisheye lenses may make your place look bigger, but let’s face it, they are misleading. You don’t want a potential tenant to be disappointed by the size of your space.
5. Highlight unique features
Showcase what makes your unit unique, like a cute reading nook, beautiful deck, or newly renovated kitchen or bathroom. This could also include a beautiful assortment of milk glass on your mantle or your vintage camera collection.
6. Use a proper camera
As sophisticated as your phone camera might be, it can’t compete with the quality a DSLR camera delivers. These can be rented inexpensively if you do not own one.
While it may take a bit more time and effort, the return on your photography investment will be tangible and effective. Set your rental apart from the rest with clear images that inspire potential renters to want to apply and move in faster.