Something I never thought I would do was hire someone else to take pictures but let me tell you, it makes a huge difference when it comes to putting a house on the market.
You can see for yourself but simply going onto a site like Trulia and looking through galleries of homes for sale. The ones that get the most attention have stunning pictures that showcase the home in the best light possible. After having worked with one, I am sold on never going back. I can take decent pictures but nothing beats professional ones!
Yes, if you have a beautifully staged home, you're going to want a pro take photos of it to heighten it even more. I used to take photos of the houses myself with my cheap smartphone, and I found that didn't really help me much. So, lately I have someone set the house up for show, and I get a photographer to come in to take some quality shots. It helps, and makes it look a lot more professional when selling your house on the market.
For the houses I have sold, yes I hire a photographer to take the best shots. For anything relating to like a garage or unfinished basement, I just snap those photos myself. No need to take pro pictures if unfinished portions of the house.
This is actually something I had not considered. I do often see homes being listed with low-quality pictures and I just assume the owner is the one taking them. It would make sense for the sake of getting a property sold that you want better pictures.
I am lucky enough to have a personal professional photographer in my daughter. She works for a bridal and wedding company so she does pictures for me for free just because she likes the practice.
That is a really good point EstateBeast. There are certain areas of the home that don't need good lighting as they are not selling points. You just need a picture good enough to show the space and move on. Most people will be looking at the bedrooms, bathrooms, and kitchen more than anything.
I recently started working with one and I already saw a huge increase in interest from online, through apps, and via phone calls for homes I am managing so I know for a fact it works!