How to avoid terrible estate agent photos

terrible estate agent photos

Knowing how to avoid terrible estate agent photos, could save you from an unsuccessful house sale.

More than 90% of house buyers now begin their search for a new home online. Grabbing the attention of someone who is looking online for a house to buy can be a challenging task, but one thing that can make your property really stand out against the competition is making sure the photos you use are up to standard, clear and well executed.

Property portals like Rightmove have turned the open property market into a highly competitive arena. Your property photos are the first thing any potential buyer will see, so if they are below par, your bad estate agent photos will reflect badly on your home and the chances of your house selling quickly.

If you want to avoid the kind of terrible estate agent photos that go viral, simply follow our top tips on how to avoid bad estate agent photos!

Prepare your home ready for a photo shoot

As soon as you start thinking about selling your house, before you even speak to an estate agent, it’s time to start preparing your property.

Finish any DIY jobs, apply a fresh coat of paint and start to de-clutter.  Starting early will give you time to tackle your property one room at a time.  This will help you present your property at its best and avoid any terrible estate agent photos!

Choose your agent well to avoid terrible estate agent photos

Look at current property listings to gauge which estate agent you want to instruct .  You’ll soon get an idea of how well they present the properties they are trying to sell.  If you see any terrible estate agent photos avoid using the agent at all costs!

Try staging your home

Before the estate agents comes to take the photos of your home, it can help to stage certain rooms. Staging the room for property photography means simply arranging it so it looks at it’s very best. It often includes taking out a few items of furniture to make the room look bigger.

Dining rooms are a good example; setting a table as if you were expecting dinner guests, not only shows the room to its full potential in the pictures but also allows any house hunters to buy into the dream lifestyle.

Picture each room objectively

Once you’ve had a look at what other properties are currently on the market, take a photograph of each room of your home and objectively assess how it compares to the competition.

Seeing how your property might look to potential buyers is a great way to think about what you need to do to the property to get it looking its best, attract the most desirable buyers and achieve the highest price.

Think about your property’s biggest selling points

What does your property have to offer that others in a similar price bracket don’t? Perhaps you have a feature fireplace or wood-burning stove? Is your garden larger than average? Do you have a lovely new kitchen?

Whatever it is that you think potential buyers are going to be attracted to, you will want to highlight.  Make the fireplace the focus of your living space, invest in some new garden lighting that will show off the space available, and ensure your estate agent includes some great photos of the kitchen in the online property profile.

You need to make it clear to your potential buyers why they should view your property before any other and why the price you’re asking is justified.

Make preparing to sell the house a family affair

Getting your house ready to sell is a process that the whole family can get involved in.  Ask extended family and friends round to help you with any decorating jobs, de-cluttering and trips to the charity shop and recycling centre.

If you have children in the house, give them some responsibility for their own bedrooms.  Label four different boxes ‘give’, ‘save’, ‘sell’ and ‘recycle’ and then ask the children to sort their toys and other bits and bobs into the four boxes.  A house move is also a great time to have a wardrobe clear-out and give any items that no longer fit or are no longer worn to charity.

7 of the worst estate agency photos you’ll ever see

We’ve handpicked 7 of the worst estate agency photos we’ve ever seen! The owners of these properties must have been pretty upset by these epic fails! These are all genuine images from online property portals…

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This first property image fails on two fronts; firstly the phantom foot dashing out of shot, and secondly the lovely “selfie” the photographer has treated us to.

No, you don’t need to get your eyes checked, but the estate agent who took this does perhaps need to go on a photography course!


Just what every bathroom needs…a washing machine…


It seems this is a popular trend, but how did they get it in, and how will they get it out?!


Yep, that’s a teeny, tiny, miniature window, next to the big, grown-up, full-sized window…complete with its own curtain…!


This room’s big selling feature? A floating hobbit door!


Something tells me the owner of this property is a fan of monochrome…chess anyone?

This content was written by Quick Move Now
Published on 8th November 2016
Last updated on 31st May 2019


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