There are a lot of properties on the market that a drone photo would provide a great perspective for the potential buyer. Using a drone can capture a prime location (near a school or water) or show features of the home that may not be captured otherwise (size of the land or solar panels).
Before considering getting drone photography for your listing be sure to check with your photographer and verify they are Part 107 certified with the FAA. Any photographer not certified can result in large fines for the agent for using the photos. The next thing to verify is that the property is in an area that does not need a special approval from the FAA to fly in. Some areas close to airports or military bases can have restricted airspace and need an additional approval before drone photos can be taken.
Once you decide you would like to add drone photos to your listing there are a few things to consider to ensure they turn out great!
- Remove clutter from the yard like bicycles, child toys, and trashcans. Removing these items will allow you to show more of the land which will result in the perception that the property is very spacious.
- Clean gutters out. Since the roof will be clearly visible in most shots it is advised to clear out any leaves or debris in the gutters. This will show the buyers to see that the home has been well cared for.
- If your property has a pool, clean the pool deck and remove pool cleaners. Be sure to clean the pool deck a day or two prior to the photo shoot to ensure it has time to dry. Also be sure to remove any vacuums or cleaning devices from the pool as it will make the photos for more eye appealing.
- Let your neighbors know that you will be having drone photos done. Giving your neighbors the details about the time and date of the drone photo shoot can help ease your neighbors minds so that they know what is going on outside.
Drone photos are a great way to provide buyers with a different perspective of the home. Here are a few more examples of some interesting drone shots.