December 18th, 2014
How should I handle Christmas trees and Christmas lights and other holiday decorations? It’s hard to ask clients to remove these decorations because they are in the middle of their holiday celebrations. But, in a month photos with holiday decorations will look dated. Is it worth pushing a shoot back until after the holidays?
Great question!. Yes, you are right on! Push back. Listing agents should not be including Christmas decorations in property photos. Property photos should not time stamped and having a Chrismas tree or decoration in the photo is just like having the photo time stamped. Next spring and summer when the market heats up, buyers will see the photo and value the property less since it’s been on the market a long time. Buyers nowadays can find out how long a property has been on the market, but they should have to do more than look at the photos. A good listing agent will do whatever is necessary to handle this issue. It is not the photographers job to handle this or confront the homeowner. At this time of the year, the photographer should be checking up front that the listing agent has taken care of this issue. It is well worth the effort to take down or move holiday decorations.
A large number of home sellers take their property off the market between Thanksgiving and early January because they just don’t want the hassle of showing their home during the holidays. This is why the listing inventory is always the lowest of the year in December. December is a great time for real estate agents and real estate photographers to go on vacation!