Many homes look their best at Christmas time.  Between the wreaths hung on the windows, lawn Santas, and the plethora of little twinkling lights, your home  shines at Christmas time.  Why not capture that essence for the future… perhaps when you decide to sell.  Here’s some ideas on how to take pictures of your home at Christmas for posterity sake and to put a little more cash in your wallet when it comes time to sell…

Great Photos don’t happen by chance…

In order to take some great photos you’ve got to plan.  Here’s an awesome post on digital photography school about Christmas photos.  If you want to get real specific there’s this post on Strobist about photographing X-mas lights which is where the title photo for this article came from.  There’s some great tips in these two articles so make sure to read them if you really want to capture the spirit of your Christmas this year.

Now, once you’ve gotten all that down, it’s time to take some photos of the interior and exterior of your home.  These photos will show your home at it’s best.  Selling a property is all about hooking the buyer into feeling something about the home.  Get them to have an emotional reaction.

Nothing does this better than a well dressed home during the Holidays.  Just a couple of tips for you…

  • Make sure your family isn’t in the photos… you want the buyers to have an emotional response that includes their family… not your Aunt Judith’s horrible Christmas sweater.
  • Take photos when it isn’t completely dark outside and try using the ’slow syncro’ setting on your camera.  You’ll get warm, amazing pictures inside and you’ll capture real details of your home outside… not just points of light.
  • Take some artistic photos.  Have an out of focus foreground or bend some photography rules.

So go take some pictures and store them away for that day when you finally decide to sell your home.  You’ll be very happy you did.