A Surprising Terraced House

York has more than its fair share of period terraced houses; Victorian, Georgian or as with this example, early Edwardian. They vary from the flat fronted two up-two down terrace which can still be found for less than £200k to five storey town houses selling in excess of £2million.

What I love about the humble terrace is

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Should I furnish my empty house for selling?

Should I furnish my empty house for selling is a common dilemma faced by homeowners, landlords, property developers and anybody looking to sell a property.
A quick straw poll of our photographers gives a resounding YES! We all believe that furniture makes a massive difference to how a property feels and subsequently its saleability and the price achieved. Let us explain why you should furnish your empty house before selling.
1. Spatial awareness doesn’t come naturally to most of us
However good we think we are at imaging things in a space, it’s really really difficult to do it accurately by imagination alone. That’s why loads of places suggest making sofas and beds out of cardboard boxes and paper to give you an idea of how they will work in a room before you buy them.

2. It’s not how we live.
Most people don’t live in completely empty houses with nothing in them. So straight away it’s an unnatural environment for anyone viewing the home.

3. It makes it more difficult for us to imagine living there

We all like to imagine ourselves living in a house with all our things before we buy it. But it’s a lot harder for us to imagine our dining table when there’s none there to start with. Or our bed, or sofa, or wardrobe, or coffee table…(you get the idea)

4. It’s harder to tell how a room should (or could) be used
We all know a master bedroom needs a bed, some bedside tables, a couple of lamps and a wardrobe but where do they go and how does the room work with them in? And what about bedroom 3, is it big enough to fit a double bed or is it only really usable as a study? Without the furniture we just don’t really know. Sure we could bring a tape measure and mock up a double bed in the space in two dimensions but even then it’s hard to tell how much space it takes up in three dimensions and how the room feels with it in.

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5. It’s nearly impossible to tell how large open plan spaces could be used

By their very nature, open plan spaces tend to be flexible

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York House Photographer – A semi-detached home; case study

There is no doubt about it. How well presented your house is plays a key part in the sale price and how long it takes to achieve a sale. Houses that are well presented and in move in condition will sell quicker and for more money than similar houses that don’t look as good. The ethos is simple, the more aspirational your house looks, whether in York or anywhere around the country, the more people will aspire to buy it.

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Property Photographs| A Contemporary House Conversion | York

I’m excited by interesting properties. It’s why I love this job. While I have my favourite periods and styles, any home that provides excitement either through its architecture or through its interior design, wins my vote.

I have seen very many houses. The number of houses in which I have produced property photographs easily run into the thousands and I tend to remember the photographs of most of them. Tell me an address and I’m hopeless. But show me the pictures and chances are I’ll remember quite a lot about the place. I’m a visual person so it makes sense I remember pictures rather than words. The truth is I have to connect with a property before I can produce photographs of it. Sure I can take pictures of a house as soon as I walk through the door but they will be snaps because I won’t know why I’m taking the pictures and what I am trying to convey. I like to tell the story of the property, and it’s always easier to tell a strong story with substance behind it than have to try and make a story from something wishy-washy.

This contemporary conversion of, what was before, quite a run of the mill house had a strong story. Secret doorways, interesting furniture and strong, confident colours. It wasn’t hard to find things to point my camera at but I had to remember this house was for sale. I’m a great believer in not giving everything away online. You want the ability to still be able to delight and surprise anyone coming to view the property and so I had to be careful about what I chose to shoot, making sure that I showed enough to get people in. It’s one of the trickiest things to balance, and only experience will tell you what you need to show and what will convey better in real life than in a photograph.

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Good Floor Plans. Why do I need them when selling my home?

Floor plans come in many guises. Some properties don’t have them at all, some have basic plans (that are often wrong) and other have what we would describe as a good plan.

It’s widely acknowledged that a floorplan of your property is an extremely important tool when selling. Buyers want to see them. This can be for numerous reasons;

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Spectacular living room with countryside views

Estate Agents Photography York | A Beautiful Barn

You see many barns as a property and interiors photographer. Estate agents tend to love them and are often excited when commissioning the photographs to be taken. They can however be an Achilles heel to a residential photographer thanks to deep set windows (often leading to spectacular views), low ceilings, beams and acres of dark wood. Ask a residential photographer what makes shooting a house difficult and all of these traits crop up. It’s a matter of light, how well spread the light is and the difference in light between inside and out. We deal with this day in day out. Most people who know their shutter from their aperture will be able to take good photographs in

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Property photography at night

Dusk Photography season arrives to properties in Yorkshire

The return of GMT sees property photographers donning their winter jackets and head torches for a resurgence in dusk photography across Yorkshire. Of course, here at Exposure Property Marketing, we can carry out dusk photographs for you at any time of year but the earlier evenings do make the hours much more sociable!

Night photography is great for getting your house to stand out from the crowd, particularly on portals like rightmove and zoopla where their unique nature can help to

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