As a Morris County home stager and professional MLS photographer I’ve learned that the camera captures distractions that the eye misses yielding poor quality MLS photographs. During my many decades of taking photos I’ve learned a few strategies, tips, techniques to get top quality, gorgeous MLS photos.

First, use a quality camera (I shoot with a Nikon D5000 wide angle lens). If you aren’t proficient in photography, I strongly advise hiring a professional photographer. Why? Because 90% of buyers start their home search online and this is the moment when they decide they must see your home in person, or move onto your competition. Great MLS photos drive foot traffic to your door, increasing the chances of multiple bids.

1.   Pay attention to the sunlight. If it’s really sunny day you may consider taking indoor MLS photos on an overcast day. That way you’ll avoid blinding sunlight coming through the windows, bleaching out everything else.

MLS Photography Service, Home Staging Services Morris County NJ, Professional MLS photography tips, home staging tips2.  A very sunny day also casts a lot of distracting shadows and there’s no way to edit them out.

3Sellers: vacuum and mop your hardwood floors. If you have any dust round or underneath your furniture the camera polarizes it. If you take the time to clean them, they will shine and look gorgeous in the MLS photos.

4.  Prior to taking photos, always check underneath all your furniture, especially beds because while you don’t notice it (books, toys, baby monitors, storage containers) the camera has a way of zooming in on it and you will have to retake your photos – if you won’t settle for less than the highest quality MLS photos.

5.   Take down heavy outdated window treatments to showcase your windows. Remember, you’re selling your home, not its décor and people love, light sunny rooms. One caveat: if the view doesn’t enhance the room, a great trick is to buy inexpensive white sheers that hide the view while letting the light shine in.

6. You would think this would be obvious, but if you’ve been on MLS lately you see this all the time; a pet, person or a reflection of yourself in a mirror – always a no-no.Morris County NJ MLS Photography, Professional MLS photos North Jersey, Union County Professional MLS Photos

5. Always take a photo with the lights on and off. You never know which will look better until you download them to your computer. Incandescent bulbs cast a bright yellow, unattractive glow.

7Take down heavy outdated window treatments to showcase your windows. Remember, you’re selling your home, not its décor and people love, light sunny rooms. One caveat: if the view doesn’t enhance the room, a great trick is to buy inexpensive white sheers that hide the view while letting the light shine in.

8. You would think this would be obvious, but if you’ve been on MLS lately you see this all the time; a pet, person or a reflection of yourself in a mirror – always a no-no.

9. Sunlight is always best, but it’s not always an option. If a room has only one or no windows, extra lighting is necessary. Elite Staging and Redesign uses several 50 watt Halogen flood lights that don’t burn yellow and are more akin to natural sunlight.

Professional MLS photos Morris County nj, morris union essex proffesional MLS photography10.Pay attention to wires. There are a few tricks you can do like taping them to, underneath or behind your furniture. If there are a lot of wires like in home offices, use “wire hiders” found at most hardware stores. A professional photographer can edit them in some cases using the clone feature, but this is not for armatures!

  As a Morris County Home stager, I always stage from the room’s entrance because that’s what forms buyers first impression and there should always be a focal point. Keeping that in mind, always take a photo from the doorway and stand as far back to showcase the size of the room.

These two rooms are examples of using all the above techniques:MLS Photography Service, Home Staging Services Morris County NJ, Professional MLS photography tips, home staging tips

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