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Gallery of bad MLS photos!

Gallery of bad MLS photos!

Everyone knows that a picture says a thousand words. Make sure you make the most of photos and virtual tours for your listings. For some humorous MLS images, take a look at the DON’T photos below. All of the pictures below could have been fine if some simple guidelines had been followed and a little care had been taken to stage the photo better. While we certainly don’t want to mislead potential buyers as to the condition of a home, taking a few extra minutes to straighten and brighten a room and to set up the photos will make your listing look more inviting.

Don’t be in the photo yourself. Avoid taking pictures in the mirror and crop the photo if you can see yourself or the flash. 

Don’t take photos of an open toilet. Close the lid.

Do use flowers to add a splash of color and make the room seem homey and cheerful.

 4  Don’t take pictures of messy areas or of half-eaten food. It would take seconds to remove the bowl and napkins from this photo and make the kitchen look nicer. Remember that you want potential buyers to be able to see themselves in the home, not be constantly reminded that there are others living there. 


Clearing off countertops in bathrooms and kitchens and clearing tables in dining rooms and living rooms will make the home seem clean and ready for new occupants.

Don’t let your finger cover the camera lens. Crop the photo if there is anything in the photo which shouldn’t be there. This is also not a very interesting picture for buyers as it makes the property seem almost scary! At lease remove the “Beware of dog” sign! 

Do think about how a potential buyer will view the photo and what conclusions he/she will make about the home and its surroundings based on your pictures.

Remember to stage your photos to make the home look at its best.

 b Don’t add photos which do not add to the value of the listing.Do take pictures of the neighborhood, community and community amenities when possible. 

Do take photos showing the view from the home if in a vacation area.

Don’t have other people in your photos. 

Don’t take photos without any light as it makes the home seem dark and uninviting. Use natural light when possible or use floor or table lamps to create an inviting glow.

 dirrty pool  Don’t take photos with trash that can easily be picked up such as the bleach container or hanging branch. 

When possible, speak to clients about investing a little money to clean up their house and pool to stage it in the best light and get the best possible sale price.

Don’t take cluttered pictures. You want the home to look clean and neat. 

Do have clients make the bed properly and remove clutter and trash.

Do take photos from a corner of the room or from a doorway to make the room appear its true size.

n.b. a wide-angle camera lens makes great photos but beware of using it in very small spaces as it make rooms look much larger and can be misleading to prospective buyers. However, do use a wide-angle lens for exterior shots and for large rooms.

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 Picture 2  Don’t. Just don’t.
Don’t post fuzzy pictures. This photo does nothing for the listing. 

Do check your pictures before leaving the photo shoot to make sure that your photos are clear and not blurry. If you don’t have a steady hand, purchase an inexpensive tripod or place the camera on a stool when taking photos.

Always take several different photos of each area and only use the best ones to advertise the listing.

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written by Britten Treder.

Britten Treder