Guests have many options for places to stay when traveling. High-quality photos of your home can help grab their attention and increase your chances of getting bookings.
Here some recommendations for what you should feature in your photos:
- Clean your space and clear away any clutter. This creates a calm and inviting mood that shows off your home’s best assets.
- Emphasize interesting spaces, amenities or facilities. What does your home offer that’s special? For example, private swimming pool, gourmet kitchen, yoga room, jacuzzi etc.
- Good pictures highlight the uniqueness of your property. Show off you / your home’s personality. A few examples- guitar hanging on the wall, your art collection, bohemian chic living room design, exceptional or unusual library collection, etc.
- The bedroom and every other space should look clean, comfortable and ready for guests
- Take special care with presentation of the bed- the most important feature in the room. The bed should be perfectly tucked and primped.
- Show off details and special features, such as high quality furniture and decorations, antique quilts and so on.
- Be sure to make the differences between the bedrooms obvious in your photos. Details make the difference. (Minimum 2 photos for each bedroom)
- The bathroom should be exceptionally clean. You can highlight its cleanliness in photos by capturing gleaming surfaces etc.
- Mirrors must be streak-free
- Hang up the best towels you have for an inviting look. Consider coordinating the towels with the paint or tiles.
- Take a wide shot of the home and its surroundings to help set guests’ expectations about where they’ll be staying.
- Pictures of the entryway can help guests easily locate your home at check-in time.
- Landscape photography is a nice touch, especially if your home has special features such as a colorful flower garden, cobblestone pathway to the entrance, lotus pond in the backyard, or a nice balcony for summer hangouts.
- Capture the neighborhood. Guests may be more likely to pick your home if you give them a good sense of what’s good, interesting or exciting about the surrounding area, ie; local attractions, great restaurants, beautiful scenery, etc.
Do not include
- House numbers and street signs
- People (owner, employee or guest faces)
- Unsightly areas/objects (dirty, cluttered etc.)
- Other brands or copyrighted materials
- Make sure TV and other screens are off