Chatting to a photographer friend the other day (you get to know one or two in this job) we were exchanging tales of horror images or property for sale we’ve seen in the past.

It’s easily done and, to be honest, it’s not always the sellers’ fault. After all, a good lens man or woman should be able to spot objects in the image likely to leave a poor impression.

But, while terrible pictures are a staple when it comes to estate agents relating stories of slip-ups committed by others, the conversation led down another path we thought worth sharing …

Get snap happy

If you’re buying property and you have arranged a viewing, have you ever thought of taking a small compact camera or asked if you can use your smart phone to take a few images while you’re looking around?

Our photographer friend did it when he was in the market for a new home – and then used the images to better assess the property in his own time.

Not only did it give him the opportunity to have another look at the house without the agent breathing down his neck, it also meant he could try a few imaginary changes – and then see the results on his laptop.

After all, with apps and software such as Photoshop, it’s much easier to cut and paste things into images to see if your furniture would look right in a certain place, change the colour of the walls, carpets, curtains…

The online alternative

Obviously, your own aptitude with the available technology may limit just how much you can do. You may also find some sellers are reluctant to have additional images taken of the inside of the property when they haven’t had time to tidy up properly.

But, if that’s the case, then why not use the pictures taken for the estate agent’s marketing blurb? You should be able to find them online, use a screen-grab app to download them, and then muck about with them to your heart’s content. As long as you don’t publish them, you’re not breaking any copyright and, if it helps to give you a better idea if this really is the home for you, it could even be to the seller’s advantage too.

Obviously, it’s not going to be a technique everyone’s comfortable with. There will always be some buyers who don’t need to look closer to a property as they simply fall in love with it regardless.

But, in a technological age, why not use all the tools at your disposal?

If you’d like more ideas on buying and selling property, why not browse other posts on our blog. Alternatively, you could watch our “How To…” videos here: , drop us a line or give us a call. We’re here to help…

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