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Tips for the top: How to take great photos of your Buy To Let Property

September 11, 2009

Most tenants start looking for rental properties online and good photos are essential. Tenants are visual – they want to imagine what it’s like to live in the house, cook in the kitchen, sit in the garden, park their car on the street – you get the picture.  Photos are a powerful tool for stimulating a potential tenant’s curiosity

So let’s keep it simple and get some good shots:

v  Remember the purpose of the photo is to tease the buyer and incite curiosity – it’s not about showing them all you’ve got!

v  Try and include a photo of the exterior, kitchen, bedroom and lounge

v  Concentrate on the best bits of your house and photo the rooms in sequence as you would like to see them online

v  If your house has anything out of the ordinary [e.g. a great view, a big garden, close to sea] then capture it with one photo

v  Try taking photos from different angles to emphasize different or unique features of your home – this can help you stand out from the crowd and give your photos real viewer appeal. Experiment with taking the photo from different perspectives – try a squatting position, standing on a chair or laying on the floor.

v  Exterior shots:

  • Try and take the shot on a sunny day/ blue skies in background
  • Remove as many distractions as possible [cars, dustbins etc]
  • Do not include any people in the photo

v  Interior shots

  • Make sure you tidy everything up as if you had someone viewing it.
  • Take interior shots during daylight hours, turn lights on in every room, and use the camera’s automatic flash.

v  Bathroom shots:

  • Remember to close the toilet lid!
  • Remove any clutter – shampoo bottles etc

v  Kitchen shots:

  • Tidy and clean the surfaces
  • Remove any clutter – toasters, towels etc

v  Remove all personal items and valuables before taking photos – it’s about your house not your possessions!

v  Once your photos are on the PC take the time to view and edit them – making sure they look the best they can

v  Finally, pick the best. Less is more – you’re better off with 2 good ones than 4 average ones – a bad one may put off a tenant. If any of the rooms look small in the photo, don’t use them.

Legal notice: The information provided on this page is only for guidance and does not guarantee that you will rent your house. We are not liable for the quality for your photos as a result of taking this advice
2 Comments leave one →
  1. Andrew permalink
    September 13, 2009 2:06 pm

    Samantha – whar areas of business do you cover? It would be good to find out what you do and see if there are areas for support and development.

    Kind regards


    • September 21, 2009 4:26 pm


      We are property management on one side of the company and then property portal – online dating for tenants and landlords on the other!

      Any help?



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