So Autumn is upon us and the winter is creeping up. How to make the most of the last of the sunshine and beautiful colourful leaves? Get a fantastic set of photos taken!
If you own a European second home and you are intent on selling, the season is most certainly coming to an end and the reality now is that unless you have an offer on the table or you are mid negotiation, the likelihood is you will not now sell your property until next spring. To maximise on your marketing over the winter months, and put you in the strongest position possible for next season, why not get a set of professional photos.
In a time and age when all research for second homes is done via the internet, you need to make sure that your property visually stands out alongside all the other properties listed.
Autumn is a fabulous time to get eye-catching photos with clear light, some green back in the lawn after the parching summer and glorious shades of yellow and orange in the trees. From mid November onwards taking photos simply is not worthwhile; a property will never show its exteriors well with bare trees.
Here are some helpful tips on how to get the property photo shoot right! And, remember it is always, always worth getting a professional photographer to take the photos for you.
• Interior Images: every image should show the floor, ceiling and at least two walls. At least one window if not two, within each image will give good impact and composition. By using a professional photographer, a wide angle lens will show clearly the room dimensions.
• General Cleaning: make sure the house is spic and span, windows clean, surfaces sparkling.
• De-Clutter: Clear surfaces, less is more, put away small ornaments and lots of fussy cushions to create a feeling of space. If there are children’s bedrooms and play rooms, hide away those toys and make the spaces look as sophisticated as possible.
• Lay the Tables: In the dining room and/or on the al fresco dining area, lay the table with proper place settings, even a bottle of wine and bowl of fruit.
• Crisp White Linen: Make sure all the bedrooms have neutral bedding and covers. No floral cushion or chintzy bed spreads. Clear the bedside tables and other surfaces and replace with a magazine or some hardback art/design books.
• Line up the Sunbeds: It may be a little ‘fresh’ to sunbathe around the pool in late October but there is no reason why the photos can’t make it look hot and inviting. Line up the sunbeds, make everything look ordered, perhaps place a tray of chilled drinks on the table and drape a couple of plain coloured towels over the sunbeds. A photo of the pool and view with a drinks in the foreground makes a great snap!
• Mow the Lawn: Make sure the lawn, borders and flower beds are looking at their best. Its worth getting the gardener in for a morning to ensure the garden looks wonderful – remember that overseas homes are bought as much for outdoor living as for the interior accommodation.
• Your Favourites Corners for Enjoying the Views: Direct the photographer to those verandas and seating areas which catch the sun and frame the view so he/she can capture what you know makes the property and its location so special.
• Find a Photographer with a Drone: getting some aerial photos to show how the property sits within the landscape, its proximity to other property and the expanses of the view will really impress prospective buyers.
It is worth remembering that keeping a stock of extra images, those that you do not upload to the web, is a vital tool for sharing with prospective buyers when you are trying to ‘hook’ their interest and book that all important viewing.
The moral of this blog is that……… photos sell houses! So an investment of a few hundred euros is well worth it and after all, by listing on www.the-viewing.com you will be saving thousands in agency commission.