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    • caspar9
    • By caspar9 14th Feb 18, 5:58 PM
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    House Sale Ad
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    • 14th Feb 18, 5:58 PM
    House Sale Ad 14th Feb 18 at 5:58 PM
    I know that decent photos on a house sale advert can go a long way to attracting buyers but I am reluctant to have my personal goods on display to the world especially so when the pictures will outlive myself on the Internet. I'd rather the house pictures were more anonymous.

    I have three options:
    a) Show all rooms as unfurnished
    b) Photoshop some furniture items in the pictures to indicate possible layout
    c) Buy some cheap household junk to make the place look more attractive

    Which option might attract the most viewers to the property? I should also add I am planning to sell at 10-15% below valuation to hopefully get a quick buyer so maybe pictures aren't that important.

    Any opinions gratefully received
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    • ReadingTim
    • By ReadingTim 14th Feb 18, 6:10 PM
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    Chose the last 2 of those options and you're likely to end up here. Chose the first and you're going to have to find somewhere to store these personal goods which are so secret and precious you don't want them photographed. And you know what? Someone might see them there too....

    Seriously?!? Stop over-thinking things and get yourself out a bit more too. As long as your stuff is clean and tidy, no-one will really care what it is.
    • eddddy
    • By eddddy 14th Feb 18, 6:11 PM
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    Photoshopping anything is likely to open a can of worms. Some people might argue that you are trying to mislead (e.g. trying to make a room look bigger by using an undersized image of a sofa). At the very least, you would have to state very clearly that they are not genuine photos.
    • caspar9
    • By caspar9 14th Feb 18, 6:54 PM
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    • 14th Feb 18, 6:54 PM
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    • 14th Feb 18, 6:54 PM
    Sorry but I can think of at least a dozen people who I never want to view my belongings regardless of where they are stored.

    I'm intending to take the photographs myself. I am competent graphic artist so should be able to show the rooms to their best light.

    I don't need to hide all my stuff from the viewers. All of the furniture and other stuff will be on show for viewings.
    • caspar9
    • By caspar9 14th Feb 18, 6:56 PM
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    • 14th Feb 18, 6:56 PM
    Photoshopping anything is likely to open a can of worms. Some people might argue that you are trying to mislead (e.g. trying to make a room look bigger by using an undersized image of a sofa). At the very least, you would have to state very clearly that they are not genuine photos.
    Originally posted by eddddy
    That is an excellent point. I was thinking of using wire frames to indicate positions but this could be misleading as well. It is probably best left as a blank canvas.
    • csgohan4
    • By csgohan4 14th Feb 18, 7:05 PM
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    • 14th Feb 18, 7:05 PM
    My biggest bug bear is the use fisheye lens to make the rooms look bigger. Saw one like that and I just left, more a box room than a bedroom. Waste of my time tbh
    "It is prudent when shopping for something important, not to limit yourself to Pound land"
    • walwyn1978
    • By walwyn1978 14th Feb 18, 7:31 PM
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    • 14th Feb 18, 7:31 PM
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    • 14th Feb 18, 7:31 PM
    A or C. Not B.
    • bobbymotors
    • By bobbymotors 14th Feb 18, 7:36 PM
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    OP you actually have another option.

    4. Get a life
    • bobbymotors
    • By bobbymotors 14th Feb 18, 8:13 PM
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    • 14th Feb 18, 8:13 PM
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    • 14th Feb 18, 8:13 PM
    OP you actually have another option.

    4. Get a life
    Originally posted by bobbymotors
    sorry it should be

    d. Get a life
    • davidmcn
    • By davidmcn 14th Feb 18, 9:08 PM
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    That is an excellent point. I was thinking of using wire frames to indicate positions but this could be misleading as well. It is probably best left as a blank canvas.
    Originally posted by caspar9
    Be careful you don't make yourself appear to be an oddball to potential buyers. They may be concerned about what else you'll be weird about in the transaction.
    • caspar9
    • By caspar9 14th Feb 18, 9:47 PM
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    sorry it should be

    d. Get a life
    Originally posted by bobbymotors
    Please can you tell me what is so special about your life so I can see if that is the life I am supposed to get
    • caspar9
    • By caspar9 14th Feb 18, 9:52 PM
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    Be careful you don't make yourself appear to be an oddball to potential buyers. They may be concerned about what else you'll be weird about in the transaction.
    Originally posted by davidmcn
    Unfortunately, I am doing all of the viewings. There is little chance of people not noticing that I am an oddball. It can't be helped.
    • caspar9
    • By caspar9 14th Feb 18, 9:54 PM
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    I'm sorry, I genuinely don't understand. Why wouldn't you want people to see your furniture? I've heard of people hiding expensive stuff and personal stuff like photos (hence the suggestion about boxing those things and putting them in a storage unit or in a place you won't be photographing like the attic), but I've never thought of furniture as being personal.
    Originally posted by Penitent
    I actually don't have a problem with the furniture apart from one or two individual distinctive pieces which is why I considered buying a load of cheap tat from a home furnishing shop to make it look normal.
    • shortcrust
    • By shortcrust 14th Feb 18, 9:57 PM
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    Sorry but I can think of at least a dozen people who I never want to view my belongings regardless of where they are stored.

    I'm intending to take the photographs myself. I am competent graphic artist so should be able to show the rooms to their best light.

    I don't need to hide all my stuff from the viewers. All of the furniture and other stuff will be on show for viewings.
    Originally posted by caspar9
    I'm not convinced a competent graphic artist would every consider photoshopping furniture into photos on a house advert.

    davidmcn makes a very good point.
    • caspar9
    • By caspar9 14th Feb 18, 10:03 PM
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    .

    davidmcn makes a very good point.
    Originally posted by shortcrust
    I refer you to post #14
    • JoJo1978
    • By JoJo1978 14th Feb 18, 10:12 PM
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    Think twice about selling below EA valuation:

    1. EA will already account for buyers likelihood to offer under asking and so slightly inflate what they think worth. If you knock that off, buyers still likely to offer under
    2. Quick sale will only come if you get viewers. Buyers research online so photos are paramount. Think about properties you'll be up against if you knock off 10-15%
    3. A price out of whack with comparable properties + unusual photography might mean more buyers just scroll past you thinking something must be wrong
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    • bobbymotors
    • By bobbymotors 14th Feb 18, 10:14 PM
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    Please can you tell me what is so special about your life so I can see if that is the life I am supposed to get
    Originally posted by caspar9
    it doesnt matter what life you get as long as it is not the one you have now that is filled with paranoia.

    or carry on as you are, it makes no difference at all to me. youve got 4 choices, pick 1.
    • bobbymotors
    • By bobbymotors 14th Feb 18, 10:17 PM
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    but dont tell us which one you pick in case anyone finds out.
    • caspar9
    • By caspar9 14th Feb 18, 10:32 PM
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    it doesnt matter what life you get as long as it is not the one you have now that is filled with paranoia.
    Originally posted by bobbymotors
    But now I am extremely paranoid that I won't pick the right one
    • Kittenonthekeys
    • By Kittenonthekeys 14th Feb 18, 10:44 PM
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    This is a great thread and has to be a wind-up. I know it's still early days but it's almost on par with this:
    http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?t=2852970
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