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Of course the best plan of action is always to hire a professional. They’re going to have the best equipment for the job, and their years of experience can get the job done right in a reasonable amount of time. Depending on the lighting and the layout of your home you may need multiple lenses, some additional flash kits, and maybe even some additional light sources. That equipment can cost $100’s to $1,000’s of dollars. The years of experience to get the right lighting and angle can be priceless. Here’s the best part, most professional real estate agents pay for the professional photography as part of their marketing package so you don’t have to pay a dime!

If you dont currently have a digital camera, you may be able to find an option to rent one locally, or borrow one from a friend. While mobile phones have wonderful cameras now, the may not have all the featured needed to get the best view of your home.

However, if you’re adamant that you want to shoot your own set of sales photos, these tips will help you get the best results with the tools you have available!


Clean and stage your home

Limit personal belongings like photographs, religious figurines, toys and knick-knacks. The idea is to show off your space instead of showing off your stuff. Plus, you’ll want de-clutter your home as well. For example, you may be able to get away with staging your master bedroom with just your bed,  inviting bedding, two end tables, two lamps and 1 decor piece on the end table. Keep it clean and clear so that someone can truly see the available space. 

Also, make sure to have an element of black within your space, mirrors to help to diffuse natural light, some bit of greenery, and some glass elements. Also, have one focal point in each room. If it’s a bedroom, the focal point could be the bed or a fireplace.


Use as much natural light as possible


Open up your curtains and turn on all the lights. Opt for light bulbs that are daylight versus light bulbs that are cozy and warm. Natural light looks much more inviting than using light bulbs to brighten a room. More natural light when taking photos will reduce the need for editing. 



Shoot from an angle

You’ll want to shoot your images from the corner in order to showcase the full scope of the room. Depending on room size this could require a specific camera lens to capture all the features. Do some research on wide angle lenses and choose one that can capture the dimensions you want. You can also take your images from the doorway if possible. Kneeling down a bit to get images from different angles allows you to choose from various shots. The ideal angle is usually 4-5ft from the floor and a level photo. Find the right position in the room to capture the most subject matter.


Take many photos

You’ll want a couple different photos of each area from which to choose. Luckily with a digital camera you’ll have the ability to take multiple images. Don’t hold back. You never know what shot you take is going to be the one you’ll want to post for your listing. 


Touch up the photos

If you have some design skills, you can touch up your photos using Adobe or a similar type of software. There are numerous free versions available. One free option to touch up photos is also the website GIMP. Or you can also touch up photographs using Canva. 

Don’t overdo the touch-ups of your photos! Sometimes less is more. You don’t want your photos to look too overdone. They should still appear to be as natural as possible.



Taking photographs of your home is important to help it sell for top dollar. Fortunately, we’ve given you 5 great tips you can use to take beautiful photographs that will be sure to capture attention and sell your home quickly. If you’d like additional tips regarding selling your home, feel free to check out our step by step introduction to selling your home. You’ll find the process we use to sell your home on the open market fast and maximize your dollar amount. Looking to sell your home? You can tell a lot from a photograph. A quality photograph can have a big impact in selling your home. As buyers search online for their next place to live, the first thing they’ll do is take a look at the pictures to find a home that’s worth browsing. Your photos need to make a stellar first impression. That’s why we recommend using a photographer. Yet, if you’re considering taking your own photographs, you can still do so. I hope these points help you take spectacular pictures to help you sell your home for top dollar.

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