Pictures say a thousand words, and so bad photos (or no photos!) will not do your home exchange offer justice. Here are 5 easy tips to make your home photos stand out:
1. Light, light, and more light!
There’s not much worse than dingy dreary photos. So, choose a time of day when the light shines into your home. Be sure to open up any blinds or shades and, if needed, turn on any additional lighting sources to show your space at it best.
Photos showing unmade beds and dirty clothes thrown across the floor is not going to make your home an appealing place to stay. Give a good impression of your space by making sure that it is clean and inviting in all your photos. Clear away the clutter, make up your beds and wipe down any surfaces.
3. Choose your angle and orientation
Choose your angles carefully. Make sure to take your photos from a point that shows off your rooms at their best. Also, we generally find that photos taken in a landscape orientation (wider than tall) work best. It’s such a shame when we see what is clearly a beautiful home but it’s home swap listing let down by tall skinny photos taken from a strange crooked angle.
4. Tell a story… but don’t go overboard!
You want to cover the basics in your photos. Show the bedrooms, bathroom, kitchen, and anything else that you think is a main selling point. Feel free to throw in some shots that are more fun or show the personality of you and your place. However, we do recommend that you don’t go overboard (do people need to see your window ledge from five different angles?)
5. First photo is the most important
When members are searching through thousands of home swap listings, you need to make yours stand out. The first photo needs to be eye catching and show your offer off at it’s best. This means that the photo of your bathroom is probably not the best photo to display first (unless it is an amazing bathroom!).
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