Like any good agent, before I go out on a market appraisal I do my research on the property to see if it is currently on the market or if it has been recently. Often I am astounded at the quality of the photographs my competitors have taken especially when it comes round to the angle that they have taken the photo from.
One I saw recently was as if they had some sort of carpet fetish, every shot had about 50% of the frame taken up with the floorcoverings which only left the other 50% for the rest of the room. I’m not saying that you should ignore the flooring, particularly if it’s of a good quality and in keeping with the decor of the property.
I won’t embarass the other agent by revealing who they are but suffice to say if my most most junior staff member had come back to the office having taken those photographs I would have sent them straight back out to re-take them.
I’m quite tall so my natural height to take a photo is higher than a lot of people’s so I simply bend down to get the right aspect or use a tripod to get the best shot possible. It’s not rocket science but it does take time to check the photo’s at the property and re-take any that haven’t come out as well as we may have hoped.
You only get one chance to make a first impression, why would any vendor or landlord be happy with poor photography?
There are lots of good websites with terrible estate agent photo’s featured on them, this is probably the best one as it comes with some hilarious captions:
If you spot any horrors that you’d like to share let me know and I’ll add them to this article.