Did you get this postcard?

If this postcard was posted through your door it was hand-delivered by me because I have seen the images that your estate agent has used for the marketing of your property and I sincerely believe that you will benefit considerably from my offer to you.

When selling your home, it can be very frustrating to see that your estate agent has not used a professional photographer to take the marketing images and given it the best chance of being seen. The truth is that competition within the industry has driven down the profit so far that there isn’t enough money in the transaction to include professional photography. All good estate agents will understand the importance of high-quality images because the work I do get from them tends to be for properties they themselves own and want to sell for the best possible price. Why they don’t pass this information on to the people who sell with them is beyond me.

The best solution to this problem is to have your home completely rephotographed by me to replace the images provided by your agent. There is no cost paid up-front for this service and you get to inspect all of the images before you decide if you would like to purchase any.

If you do wish to purchase one or more of my images they are charged at a flat rate of £6.50 per image. This gives you the freedom to combine any of my images with your agent’s images and gives you full control over any costs. If you decide you want to keep the agent’s photos as they are and not use any of the images I take for you, then there is no charge at all. You simply can’t lose and your satisfaction is guaranteed.

The importance of using high-quality images for marketing can not be understated and if you are in any doubt of the value of using professional images for marketing property then you would do well to research it for yourself. However, a good place to start is from an online estate agent journal for estate agents by estate agents: https://www.estateagenttoday.co.uk/features/2018/3/simple-tips-to-take-professional-property-photos

In America, there have been studies done to try determine the importance of good property photography and that can be read here: https://rismedia.com/2018/12/12/shocking-stats-importance-photography-real-estate/#close

If you would like to enquire about this offer please call me on 07908 221 762

As you can see from the logo, I am no designer but I have been into photography for some 20 years, back in the day of 35 mm film cameras. My old Olympus SLR camera was fully manual and I had no choice but to learn how the camera works to get all those effects modern cameras serve up automatically. Most of my early work was unpaid, photographing local bands who were mainly friends of mine from my own band days in the early 90’s. I still enjoy photographing gigs and I am glad more people are doing that now. I got into real estate photography simply by getting into real estate. I quickly found out that the majority of estate agents don’t understand cameras and I was happy that I had something going for me in the estate agent business.

Every instruction I ever signed as an estate agent was signed on the strength of the quality of images I was able to provide at no extra cost. Getting vendors to sell with you when you can show your images in juxtaposition with those of the other agents who had visited was easy. In estate agency I also found that photographing properties was the only part of the job I loved to do. When I photograph a property the client will get an online gallery of the images I have taken so that they can choose which images they wish to purchase:

Although most of my work comes from estate agents I am available for private hire if you are thinking of selling your home. Even if your home is already on the market I can help by liaising with the agent to get their website images replaced so that the portals they subscribe to reflect those changes too. Either way, the cost will be small compared to the value you will add to your property including the time it takes to get noticed. Think of how much time and investment goes into making a supermarket product look good. It’s all about catching the eye and those portals are nothing more than property supermarkets.

Blackpool Property Photography

3 Gresham Road

Thornton Cleveleys

Lancashire

FY5 3EE

Call: 07908 221 762

Email: hello@ashleyhurst.com

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Keep ahead of your competition with these tips to help you prepare your home for photographs and viewings:

Exterior:

Remove all cars from the driveway/front and close any garage doors.
Remove any bins and/or rubbish.
Spruce up the garden. Mow lawns, trim shrubbery etc. (if necessary)
Put away gardening tools, equipment, children’s’ toys etc.
Set up patio furniture with cushions.

Interior:

Put away all personal belongings. (Just temporarily for photos and/or viewings)
Open window coverings to let in natural light.
Clear all unnecessary items from counter tops and ledges.
Turn on all lights and replace any burnt out light bulbs.
Hide any magazines, newspapers, mail, remote controls, wires etc.
Clean windows, mop and vacuum.
If you have a log burner or open fire and it is not too warm, have it lit for viewings.
Add flowers or tasteful accessories for colour if needed.

Kitchen:

Keep kitchen counter tops as clear of items as possible.
Remove all accessories from refrigerator.(magnets, photos, notes etc)
Remove all signs of pets. (Bowls, cushions, litter tray, etc)
A bowl of fresh, multi coloured fruit makes a nice centrepiece.

Bathrooms:

Clear away any personal items and cleaning products from sight.
Clear away towels and packets of toilet roll etc.
Clean everything including mirror and toilet. Put toilet seat down. (Fellas!)

Bedrooms:

Remove eye distractions. (Photos, posters, personal items, clothes, teddies, toys, bins etc)
Make the beds with fresh, clean, crease free linen.
Add flowers or cushions to add a bit of colour if needed.

If budget allows, consider doing any repairs that are needed, decorating in neutral shades and laying new carpets (if required)

Think about odours! Everyone gets used to the scent of their own home. Maybe ask an honest, trustworthy friend what they smell initially when they walk in? A recent study shows that a relaxing scent can increase the chance of a sale!

Keep everything simple, clean and fresh. Make your home welcoming, comfortable and clutter free.

Simple!