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Photographing a small house in mediocre weather

Focusing on a Home’s Selling Points to Generate Buyer Interest

Photographer’s websites typically showcase luxury homes with expensive furnishing, shot under ideal conditions. For a change of pace, I thought I’d talk about photographing a small, older home under cloudy skies. This house was just one floor – 3 bedrooms and one bathroom. The owners needed to move quickly since the husband had just landed a new job.

I got a call from the realtor on a Wednesday, asking if I could photograph the house that afternoon. Luckily, I had an opening in my schedule and headed to north Guildford in Surrey. The weather was overcast, but there was no waiting for sunny skies – the house needed to go on the MLS ASAP. I shot the front using my 20 ft pole to give a good idea of the surroundings.

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Talking to the owners, it became clear that the highlight of the property was the large secluded backyard (“like having our own campsite in the middle of the city”), so 7 of the 20 final images were of this area.

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I delivered the images the next day (Thursday). The listing had exposure all day Friday, followed by an open house on the weekend. On Monday the home sold for $20,000 over asking.

Bottom Line:

Asking Price: $450,000
Sale Price: $470,000
Days on market: 4