Could you imagine coming out with something such as the statement above to a certain Mr Gordon Ramsay – award-winning chef extraordinaire – when dining at one of his world famous eateries? Somewhat unsurprisingly, it would be met by a mouthful of expletives that would have Mary Whitehouse doing a barrel roll in her grave. And it would be justified – the sentiment expressed – if not the languauge used. Having secured a table at such a sought after place as The Savoy Grill, nobody would consider forgoing the expertise garnered from years of experience to produce the best possible meal – by shunning the delicacies on offer – for a supermarket bought spotted dick. Would they? Of course nobody would turn down the use of the professionalism on offer (which, incidentally, is included in the price of the meal) just as nobody would expect their daughter to be happy with the official wedding photos being taken by one-eyed, always slightly drunk Uncle Albert using a disposable camera with a dubious flash. Speaking of photographs and attempts to show someone or something off in the best possible light, people should never forget that the first viewing of any property is now done over the internet. The days when people drove around holding the latest edition of the property section of a paper to try and get a look at the outside of a house prior to booking a viewing, are gone. Kerb appeal is not what brings someone in through the door. The photographs on the property website are what encourage people to ring up the agent and book a viewing. It is therefore essential that the photographs are up to standard. They must show your property in the best possible light and make people want to see more, be they a prospective buyer or tenant. Photographs taken by vendors and prospective landlords showing the master bedroom complete with fitted wardrobes, large window and a couple of grubby coffee cups on the window sill are not good enough. Neither is showing the newly tiled bathroom complete with the half empty tub of grout balanced on the edge of the bath. Trust me, I’ve seen all of these.
As a professional, it is my job to ensure that your property is shown in the most complimentary manner, to encourage people to book that viewing. 30 years in the business has taught me what the photos need to show and how a property is best presented. If an estate or lettings agent cannot achieve this then they have not fulfilled their brief to you, the customer. It is in everyones’ interest that best practice is followed.