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They say you never get a second chance to make a first impression. This adage is especially true when it comes to rental property photos. Potential guests will likely decide whether or not they"re interested in your listing based solely on the initial photos they see. If those photos are dark, cluttered, or unattractive, guests will move on without a second thought.
Stunning, high-quality photos that showcase your property"s best features are essential for making that crucial first impression. Studies show that listings with professional photographs get up to 200% more engagement than those without. Vacationers browsing rental sites are barraged with so many options that poor photos can cause them to dismiss your listing outright. Great photos capture their attention and draw them in.
Samantha, an Airbnb host in Charleston, SC, learned this lesson firsthand. "When I first listed my downtown condo, I just snapped a few photos with my phone," she recalls. "I figured the amazing location would sell itself. But I wasn"t getting much interest at all. When I hired a photographer, the difference was like night and day. Now I get tons of bookings and great reviews about how beautiful the condo looks."
Like Samantha, consider investing in professional photography, or at least taking the time to capture flattering angles and lighting. You want the first photo guests see to make them think "Wow, I want to stay here!"not "Meh, I"ve seen better."
Declan, who rents out his ski cabin in Vail, CO, says: "I always make sure the first photo shows the beautiful mountain views from the floor-to-ceiling windows. That vista is the cabin"s biggest selling point, so I want to showcase it front and center. I get lots of instant bookings from people who are just blown away by that initial shot."
Your listing"s first impression extends beyond just the photos. Brian, an Airbnb host in Hawaii, suggests: "Read over your listing title and description through the eyes of a potential guest. Does the language capture the property"s unique vibe and make it sound inviting? I always try to play up the tranquil setting and cozy amenities."