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A Few Home Pictures

March 4th, 2012 at 08:09 am

Do you think I have the skills to sell our home by myself based on these pictures? I don't have a wide angle lens camera, but the FSBO package I would buy would include someone taking wide angle lens photos and a walk through video.










The biggest pro for us with FSBO is simply saving the money that it would cost us to sell with a realtor which is 6% of the sales price. This would allow us to save around $10K. I would definitely have to do some work to save that money, specifically doing the showings.

We would likely put the house on the market FSBO as soon as we get orders. Once we move, likely the beginning of June, we would list with a realtor or rent the home. It would be harder to show the house when living two hours away.

Outside picture is old, we don't own that car anymore!

22 Responses to “A Few Home Pictures”

  1. Analise Says:

    I think it is worth a try and you can always list it later with a full-service realty. Some FSBO companies provide advertising and help with the paperwork.

    Take another photo of the front without any car in it. Be sure to remove any personal/family photos before you show it. You want to preserve your privacy as much as possible. Good luck!

  2. creditcardfree Says:

    FYI...these will not be the exact photos for listing. I would remove a few things...like the cat, the newspaper sitting out, my daughter and the computer, the car would not be in the picture since we don't own it. That outside picture is just the best shot I had with a green yard!

  3. Beawealthywarrior Says:

    I think u should try selling it yourself first, what will it hurt? Like u mentioned, when u move then list it with a realator. Good Luck!

  4. Labdaemon Says:

    You have a beautiful home. The colors are very nice.

    The most important thing I told my parents it to keep it clean. When they sold it the buyers told them it was the cleanest house they looked at. Even ones more expensive than theirs were filthy.

  5. Looking Forward Says:

    Your house is so cute! Smile I would try selling myself first too if your don't mind taking that on.

  6. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    Your photos are way better than a lot of real estate agent photos I've seen. I think they are good. However, I would go ahead and use the exterior shot with the car rather than a winter exterior shot without the car. Green is alive, happy, fruitful. Winter pics can look dreary, sad, dead. Go with the more positive.

  7. PNW Mom Says:

    I think the pics look great! It wouldn't hurt to try it just to see how it goes....as you said....if you don't sell before you move you certainly have other options.

  8. Jerry Says:

    I like the photos, and if you are not pressed for time then it could lead to a big savings if you go FSBO. You have no insurance that it will sell, of course, but if it doesn't then you could go to a realtor. Good luck!
    Jerry

  9. patientsaver Says:

    I think your photos are fine, just remove any people, cars from them as the others said.

    Just fyi, like everything else, realtors commission are negotiable. I negotiated a 4% fee when i had my house on the market in 2007, and that was with a 2 person team who were presumably splitting it.

    I'm sure you could do it on your own, except that many buyers, including myself, feel a little uncomfortable looking around the house when the owners are there.

  10. twest Says:

    I think it looks really nice. My husband and I didn't go through a realtor and sold our house after only 4 showings. I did all my staging as well. I think yours looks really good and it can't hurt to try without a realtor. We got to reap all the benefits doing it ourselves. We did a simple collage of pictures and put them up at businesses and different places. Good Luck!

  11. crazyliblady Says:

    Very nice home. You should have no trouble at all selling this house no matter what your decision. We looked at a lot of houses in really bad shape and would not have bid on any one of those. This one is great. One thing that was a big attraction for us, though, is when a seller offered a home warantee through American Home Shield. It is about $400 for 1 year, then the buyer can renew after 1 year if they want.

  12. LuckyRobin Says:

    I look at a lot of real estate photos on a weekly basis and one thing I noticed about yours is that in some of them it is really hard to see the flooring. Particularly in bathroom and kitchen shots, the flooring is something I really want to see, because it can be incredibly dated or torn or show mold damage. If I can't see it in a photo, I jump to the conclusion that there is something they don't want me to see. I also like to see the ceiling in a shot as well to look for rain damage. I won't look at a house where I couldn't see the ceilings and floors in the shots. Wide angled shots would probably fix that issue, but even if have to take a couple of shots in the same room to do it, I'd make sure they show.

  13. snafu Says:

    I'd try to FSBO if you have time, serious buyers are look online daily. From a buyer's point of view, it's helpful to have a good hand-out with colored photos. A realtor can be hired anytime circumstances change.

    Staging is different than day-to-day living. While your photos are good, I suggest using crisp, ironed or new bedding and towels carefully arranged, and fresh flowers in photos as details are very important. Unplug item under window, move end table from TV rm to Lv. Rm for photo.

  14. creditcardfree Says:

    @Snafu, I noticed all those little things after I took the photos too!

    Thanks for all the helpful feedback...mostly positive! I'm starting to lean towards using a realtor, which I'm going to talk to this week. I'll keep you all updated and explain more later.

  15. BuckyBadger Says:

    Can I just say that I LOVE your laundry room??

  16. creditcardfree Says:

    Thanks, BB! This is the only room in the house, I haven't painted or changed since we moved in! I like it too.

  17. all4money Says:

    I sure hope you have much better luck than us at selling your house... it's lovely. Smile

  18. CB in the City Says:

    I get it that staging is important, and certainly cleanliness is an important issue when selling. But I always wonder -- aren't buyers who are actually influenced by flowers and fresh towels just monumentally stupid? I mean -- that's not what they're buying! How can it really matter?

    Just saying. By all means put out the flowers and towels. Smile

  19. PetMom Says:

    Beautiful home. Agree with the flooring details, love the kitchen photo but wondered what the floor was.

    You don't want calls having to detail something that is easily described or shown in picture.

    Are you including a backyard photo.

  20. BuckyBadger Says:

    CB -- do you watch those home-buying shows on HGTV and the other channels? People are REMARKABLY stupid. When they start complaining about the paint color or something else just as easily fixable I just about want to scream at the screen!

    Just because you and I may be able to look past the surface doesn't apparently mean that the rest of America can...

  21. My English Castle Says:

    Wowee--I wish my house was that clean.
    Excellent photos!

  22. Bob B. Says:

    You have a nice looking home.

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