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You know the saying: “A picture is worth a thousand words.” But figuring out how to capture these “words” into a single picture can be tricky.

If you’re a homeowner who is listing your place on Airbnb, taking and choosing the right photos to show off your place is especially important. You need at least one photo to list your place, but uploading at least 10 photos is best. Potential renters are more likely to judge your place based on your photos as opposed to your description.

The task may seem intimidating, but fortunately you don’t have to be a professional photographer to get great shots. Here are 10 tips for how to take the best photos for your Airbnb listing:

1. Tidy Up
Do you see that remote control on your coffee table? How about that stack of magazines piled up on the floor? These small things may seem trivial to you, but potential renters will likely spot them out.

2. Be Tech Savvy

In most cases, your smartphone is all you need for taking great photos. But if you have a HDR camera, or know someone who does, it might be worth pulling it out. Just be sure you know how to use it before you start snapping.

3. Treat Your Home Like a Celebrity

Whether your living room is classy like Audrey Hepburn or more edgy like Lady Gaga, this is your chance to embody the paparazzi. Being snap happy and taking lots of photos means you’ll have more choices when it comes to decision time.

4. Brighten Up

There’s nothing appealing about a dark, dungeon-like room. Just flipping the light switch or, better yet, opening the shades can make all the difference in terms of bringing your interior to life.

5. Stand Back

While you may be tempted to just use the panorama function on your camera, the key to making a room look bigger is taking a step back. Even if it means having your back pressed up against the wall, standing back can make any room appear larger.

6. Shoot Straight

Pointing your camera lens upwards or downwards can distort your photos. And nobody wants his or her kitchen to look like a carnival or funhouse mirror.

7. Pay Attention to Decor

Remember: You’re renting your home, not selling it. It’s just as important to focus on your decor and furniture as it is with the space itself. So go ahead and show off your unique four-poster bed or your custom-built bar. It’s yours after all!

8. Go Outside

After spending so much time thinking about your interior, you may forget about your exterior. Potential renters want to see what they’ll be driving up to, so even a photo of the front of your house can be beneficial. And if you have a great deck or patio, go ahead and take a picture of that as well.

9. Take All Your Photos at Once

Spending an hour or two one weekend morning to take all of your photos may be more important than you think. Light changes throughout the day, so shooting all your photos during the same timeframe will help keep all your photos looking consistent.

10. Choose Wisely

While the photo of your second half bath may be Instagram worthy, renters are most interested in the spaces they’ll be spending the most time in. Think living room, kitchen, main bedrooms, and any additional living or hangout spaces.
Don’t have the time to choose photos of your property? Pillow can take care of your home listing so you can rest easy. Follow our Twitter and Facebook pages for more great tips on hosting!

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