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These Photos Prove Exactly How Much Real Estate Photos Matter

Because no one is going to pay $2,000 a month to live in your overexposed and out-of-focus apartment.

If you’ve ever looked for a house or apartment online, you’re probably aware that many real estate photos are really awful.

And whether you’re trying to find a place or you’re listing a place, the experience is usually super discouraging.

But professional interiors photographer Harry Lim has been posting photos on his blog to show that better photography makes all the difference.

He recently posted photos of a house he re-photographed for the real estate listings…and it sold in eight days after being on the market for eight months.

Lim tells BuzzFeed Life that an experienced interior photographer can find the best angles and lighting for your space.

“It’s not so much the camera but knowing how to use it,” he says. “I understand what settings to use. I understand how light works and balance ambient light with supplemental flash to get a good exposure. And I understand basic composition for interiors, the cardinal rule being: keep your verticals vertical!”

He also tries to show how every room relates to the ones around it. “Does the bedroom have a private bathroom? Does the kitchen lead to a patio? Where is the dining area in relation to the kitchen?” he says.

Not sold on using a professional real estate photographer yet? Check out some more of Lim’s photos…

1. This house seems nice and all…

Original listing photo / Via harrylimphotography.com

But who wouldn’t prefer a house that looks like something out of a movie?

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2. This pool table is probably perfectly functional…

Original listing photo / Via harrylimphotography.com

But it looks way more inviting when you aren’t being blinded by a glare.

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3. You’d probably give this bedroom a fake number if you met it in a bar…

Original listing photo / Via harrylimphotography.com

But surprise — it’s totally a place where you’d like to wake up!

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4. This family room is dece…

Original listing photo / Via harrylimphotography.com

But wouldn’t you rather host your next gathering here?

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5. You wouldn’t hate this kitchen if it were yours…

Original listing photo / Via harrylimphotography.com

But hot damn, you’d LOVE this one.

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6. This is a very respectable dining room…

Original listing photo / Via harrylimphotography.com

But this version is classy AF.

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7. You might look at this bathroom and think, Yeah, I could totally take a pee in there.

Original listing photo / Via harrylimphotography.com

But this photo leaves you thinking, Golly, I’d LOVE to take a pee in there!

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8. Is this really the ideal backdrop for those unsolicited dick pics you keep sending me?

Original listing photo / Via harrylimphotography.com

Maybe if you had a bedroom like this, I’d actually respond for once.

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9. This pool isn’t necessarily a bad place to go for a swim…

Original listing photo / Via harrylimphotography.com

But it’s nothing compared to this gorgeous oasis.

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10. This one looks aight compared to a lot of real estate photos…

Original listing photo / Via harrylimphotography.com

But this one makes you feel like you’re looking at a fancy hotel’s website.

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11. A photo like this may leave prospective tenants thinking, Yeah, I could live there.

Original listing photo / Via harrylimphotography.com

But making them WANT to live there is really ideal.

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12. So it’s totally worth thinking about how you’re presenting your space…

Original listing photo / Via harrylimphotography.com

And budgeting for a real estate photographer who will help you put your home’s best face forward.

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