Choose the best quality vacation rental photos you can get to show off your property to best advantage on your website. Show the location too, to give a sense of the place – particularly if there are scenic attractions.
Remember that the pictures will play a vital part in your guest’s decision to choose your property over others so a professional photographer might be a good investment. If you choose an online service provider to help manage you property and they provide you with a website, ensure that you are allowed a wide range of vacation rental photos of your choice at no extra charge.
Go for hi-res vacation rental photos
If the budget won’t stretch to a pro photographer, why not ask around and see if you have a keen amateur snapper among your friends? If you do take the pictures yourself, use a good quality digital camera capable of producing relatively high resolution images.
The objective is to show your property in the best possible light in the vacation rental photos so don’t shoot on a rainy day if you’re offering a sunny vacation. Dress the property with a few appropriate props to set the scene and to suggest possibilities. So, you might have fishing rods on the porch, or sun loungers on the patio, a bowl of fruit and a few bottles of wine in the kitchen…
Strike the right balance between making your property look attractive and making it look unrealistic.
Modern techniques mean that photographs can be greatly manipulated and enhanced to the point where they no longer reflect the actual reality. That peeling paintwork can be easily disguised in pictures. So, while anything unattractive can be brushed over or deleted altogether in the vacation rental photos, your guests will quickly spot the defects in the real thing. As with descriptions, don’t overpromise – that way you can avoid dissatisfaction and disappointment from your guests.
Provide a virtual tour
Done well, this is without a doubt the best option for visually presenting your property – by a mile. Imagine seeing your property in a high definition virtual tour, with 360 degree sweeps of each room, plus interactive ability to zoom in on features. Check it out here.
Though it’s more often associated with upscale properties it can be surprisingly affordable when you consider that the cost can quickly be recouped by the increased bookings you are likely to get from adopting it. Some online providers will provide this service – shop around to get the best bang for your buck.