I’ve been doing a lot of house hunting online (is there another way?) and have discovered I actually have a few pet peeves by the way some sellers try to advertise their homes online. Lets go over four of the biggest, shall we?
1. Don’t post one lousy picture of your house online. That’s the equivalent of posting zero pictures of your couch you’ve been trying to sell for weeks on Craigslist. No one is tempted to drive all the way to a property on the basis of a single picture.
2. Don’t waste buyers’ time by showing a slew of pictures of grass and trees.
3. No one cares about your rainbows
This is an extension of the woods and grass photo trend; sellers try to entice buyers by posting pictures of rainbows, rainbows, RAINBOWS. I half expect to catch a glimpse of a Keebler Elf in a nearby tree. It’s not as if the rainbow will still be there when I move in, right? So it’s merely window dressing, correct? A distraction? And a clue the house probably isn’t the stuff dreams are made of.
4. Pictures of your dog or cat does not entice anyone to purchase your home.
One photo, I get…maybe even two. People are rabid about their animals. I understand that. But when sellers run a little vignette of three to four images of Frosty Fuddles frolicking in the grass or basking in the sun, you have to wonder what they’re on. The inference seems to be, “Look at how happy he is at our home — YOU could be this happy TOO!” Yes, but it could also mean that Frosty Fuddles just rolled in a fresh pile of deer poop.
And don’t even get me started on the horse pictures.
Enough with the horse pictures! I get that you’re trying to convey the property is suitable for livestock — check, understood, the information has been received. But I don’t need to see more than one photo of your trusty steed. I just want to see the bathroom! Is it too much to ask to see more than one picture of the bathroom?
Though I might make an exception at this…