What should I do to improve my property photographs?



Our 6 top tips to help your photos stand out

If you want property photos that increase your viewing numbers, then read on… 

Good property photographs sell houses; it’s that simple.  A good set of photos will lead to increased interest in your property, more viewings and a higher chance of a sale at the right price.

Obviously, we understand that it’s ultimately the job of your property photographer to ensure your house looks fabulous, but there are most definitely some things you can do yourself to ensure that they get the best shots possible.

Your main house photograph, in particular, is the one that will grab the attention of your potential buyers.  Think about it… they are scanning possibly hundreds of online adverts, looking for something special that will make them click the ‘more details’ button.  If your front picture doesn’t have the ‘wow’ factor, they will pass you by.

We have compiled a list of what we consider to be the most important things you can do to ensure your photographs attract those buyers: –

  1. Ensure exterior photographs are taken on a nice day. As we all know, it’s impossible to predict our wonderful British weather, and you may be unlucky and find that your photographer is booked on what turns out to be the dullest and greyest day of the year.  Don’t despair – any good estate agent will happily arrange for the photographer to pop round on a sunny day and re-take the exterior shots.  The most important time for marketing your property is the first 3 weeks when your house will generate around 70% of its interest, so it’s vital that your main photo is nothing short of fabulous.
  1. Prepare your kitchen. The kitchen shots are probably the next most significant photo of your home, as most people rank the kitchen as the most important room of the house.

Here is a short list of how you can help the photographer: Pack away clutter, make sure appliances are sparkling clean (this will show on photos), clear the sink and drainer, take all kids’ drawings down, remove your collection of fridge magnets, polish chrome electricals, try to stick to a colour scheme and pack away anything that doesn’t match, and finally, put a bunch of fresh flowers on the table or windowsill.  Fresh flowers always look amazing in house photography.

If you have under-cupboard lights, make sure they are switched on, even in the daytime.  Lighting will add warmth and depth to the images – it will also show up your polished sparkling surfaces.

If you have pets, hide the evidence such as pet bowls, beds and the pets themselves as no one wants to see this in photos.

  1. Make your bathroom sparkle! Before the photographer arrives, polish any chrome taps or shower heads, clean any glass shower screens and polish any mirrors. Pack away any shampoo bottles, conditioners, razors, creams, extra toilet rolls, magazines and anything personal that might be cluttering up the room.  Minimalism is the key when preparing your bathroom for photographs so the less that is visible, the better.  Think along the lines of a hotel bathroom and you won’t go far wrong.  Put out some fresh new towels and again, a bunch of fresh flowers or a leafy green plant to finish the look.
  1. Airy fresh bedrooms. Washed and freshly ironed bedding will look neat and crisp on a photo.  It’s probably best to avoid really brightly coloured or heavily patterned bedding unless the rest of the room is minimal and plain.  Again, tidy anything personal away – the only things that should be visible on your bedside table are a light and a clock.  Hide away any personal photographs, books, clothes, clutter on surfaces, perfumes, and shoes.  Think ‘hotel room’ –  minimal, clean and fresh, and don’t forget that bunch of flowers on the windowsill!
  1. Charming and comfortable living room. Your living room should ideally have an ambiance of relaxation, style and comfort.  If necessary, re-position the furniture to maximise the visual impact, for example, arrange sofas and chairs around an attractive fireplace rather than a huge TV.  Look at the room from different angles and check it will look great on a photo.  Polish your coffee table and place a couple of ‘style’ magazines and, you guessed it, a bunch of flowers on it to finish the look.  If your living room is full of family photos, pack them away; your buyer needs to be able to picture themselves relaxing and feeling at home here.
  1. A fabulous entrance hall. Your entrance hall, however big or small, can be made to look like a welcoming and useful area. If you have too many coats hanging up, hide a few of them somewhere out of sight; you don’t want to portray a lack of storage space in your photos.  Tidy away shoes, umbrellas and anything else that makes your hallway seem disordered.  If you have a lamp, turn it on to add warmth to the photos.

Putting in a bit of effort to prepare your rooms for photographs will pay dividends.  Remember…

Fab photos  =  more clicks  =  more viewings  =  quicker sale! 

We would love to hear your thoughts on this article, or indeed any of our other articles.  If you would like any further advice or help with preparing for the photographer’s visit, please give us a call on 01326 218427 or send us an email at  hello@digs-property.co.uk.  Alternatively, drop into our office at any time for a chat – we’d love to hear from you.


Should I sell my house?


Are you thinking about selling your house?  Are you perhaps wondering if the time is right? Maybe you have a rental property and want to release some equity?

Often in life this decision is made for us; perhaps due to debt or divorce for example, but it’s not necessarily always so ‘cut and dry’.  Often it’s a difficult decision, especially if there is no major reason to move; perhaps you just have ‘itchy feet’ or maybe you are yearning to do a property up and make some cash.  Maybe you are simply bored of your current home and want a fresh start in a new area.

There are so many reasons why people move home… some good and some not so good.

We have put together these tips which may help you decide if the time is right:-

  • Is it a seller’s market?

Are properties in your area selling quickly and close to the asking price?  Keep your eye on the local market and do your homework.  Rightmove is an excellent tool for this; simply put in a search for all property within a similar price range in your area,  but remember to tick the box that says ‘Include property that is under offer’.  This way you can keep abreast of local sales trends. Moreover, talk to a reputable and honest estate agent (like us) who will be happy to advise you on the current market situation in your area.

  • Have a free valuation

Any decent estate agent will offer a free valuation of your property, with no obligation whatsoever.  Explain to them that you are unsure so they can talk you through your options.Once you have an idea of what price your home may achieve, you will be able to make your decision from a more favourable and informed place.

  • Have your needs changed?

Does your house still fit all your requirements?  There are many circumstances that may change the way you use your home… perhaps you have started a family and need another bedroom; maybe you have met someone who also has kids and you need to double the size of your home; have you started to use your home to run a business? Whether you are planning to upsize or downsize, it might be worth writing a list of what you need from a possible new home, and compare it to what you have now.  Will a move benefit you or your family?

  • Have your financial circumstances changed?

Perhaps you are thinking of moving because your financial circumstances have changed (hopefully for the better).  If you are lucky enough to find yourself in a position where you can afford to increase your mortgage, you may be looking to upsize to a ‘dream home’.  On the other hand, maybe your finances have changed for the worse and you need to rethink your mortgage situation.  Either way, you can discuss this with your estate agent/ mortgage provider and see where your options lie.

  • What is your gut feeling?

Have you just started to entertain the idea of moving home, or is it something that has been lurking in the back of your mind for years?  It may sound like a silly question, but it’s actually extremely relevant.  Sometimes in life we might find ourselves feeling a bit ‘down’ or ‘fed up’ with things, and we might see a house move as the ‘end of all our problems’…  a way out, in other words.  It is important that you are honest with yourself.  Do you genuinely want to move, or does something else have to change?  Follow your gut and you won’t go far wrong.

  • Write a list

Grab a piece of paper and write a list.  For and against.  Get everything out of your head, however small, and add it to your list.  It will probably help you just by writing it down!  You could even let all the family join in so you have everyone’s opinions included in your ‘brain dump’. Now, sleep on it.  Forget it for a day or two so your brain has a chance to clear itself.  When you are feeling relaxed and ready, get your list out and look at it with ‘fresh eyes’.  It may suddenly all become clear.

We hope these tips will help you to make your decision.  It’s a big one, let’s face it, and it needs to be right.

We would love to hear your thoughts on this article.  Do you have any tips we have not included?  Can we be of any further help?

Send us an email at hello@digs-property.co.uk  or give us a call on 01326 218427.

We are a friendly bunch!