In real estate, pictures need to say more than a thousand words -- they need to say what your home is really worth.
Cultivating drive-by curb appeal is still important for people who want to sell a home, especially if they want to sell quickly. But in the age of online listings, photos make the real impression on potential buyers. A whopping 84 percent of homebuyers and sellers surveyed by the real estate website Trulia said they wouldn't even consider buying a property if its listing didn't have a photograph.
Research also shows that the quality of listing photos, and the expertise of the person taking them, has a big impact on home sales. According to Redfin, homes with photographs taken with a professional digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) camera get an average of 61 percent more page views than other properties at all price levels. They also have a 47 percent higher asking price per square foot and have "an increased likelihood of selling" when priced above $300,000.
All this is to say, don't mess up the photos. It could cost you literally thousands of dollars.
Here are 10 of the biggest mistakes to avoid.