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Renting out space in their Houston home or Houston vacant property on a short term basis via Airbnb is an increasingly popular thing to do, and for many a very lucrative one. In order to attract guests however you need to showcase the Houston space you are offering them in the best possible way, and, the nature of the Airbnb process means that has to be done via great Airbnb listing photographs.

You’ve heard the saying: “a picture is worth a thousand words…” This couldn’t be more true for your Airbnb listing. The photos are the highlight of your listing so you need to make them shine! A quick browse of Airbnb and you’ll see many hosts out there making photo mistakes that are costing them bookings. Don’t be one of these hosts! Check out these great Airbnb listing photo tips to help you ensure your photos are showcasing your listing in the very best light.

Tidy up before taking photos

I’ve added this first because it is the most important of the Airbnb listing photo tips I’m going to share here. TIDY UP! Before taking your listing photos, ensure the space(s) is clean and organized; don’t leave random items lying around that make your place look dirty and cluttered. For example, when taking photos of the kitchen, move the trash cans out of sight, so they aren’t in the photo.

This is a good tip in general. While lots of Airbnb guests love spaces that are quirky and different none of them are looking for a place that is cluttered and untidy.

Lighting, Lighting, Lighting

The amount of light makes all the difference in the world. Allow as much natural light as possible to enter the room; open all the blinds, curtains, doors and turn on all the lights. The golden hour to take listing photos is in the morning about an hour and a half directly after sunrise or in the evening, an hour and a half before sunset. These times are ideal because you won’t get harsh direct sunlight coming in.

Make Use of Staging Props

Make it easy for guests to imagine what it would be like to stay at your place by staging your place with a few props. This will give them a sense of what they can do while using your space. For example, put an open laptop and mouse at a table or desk to let them know your place is work-friendly. Take a photo of a bottle of wine next to a comfortable chair to sell the idea that your place is comfy and the perfect place to unwind. Or set the table with dishware to show that your place is family and cooking friendly.

Post Photos in Sequence

Post photos of your Airbnb listing in a logical sequence as if you were actually walking your guest through your Airbnb listing room by room. You want to give them a good idea of what the space is like as a whole. Take the photos at waist level from the corner of the room

To make the room look more spacious, take a landscape photo from the corner of the room at waist level. Be sure to capture all angles so guests get a 360 degree view of the entire room. Last but not least, take the photos in landscape mode, not portrait mode. This will ensure you get more of the room in the shot.

Take a lot of photos

Make sure you take lots of photos so you have more to choose from. Ask friends and family to help you decide which photos are the best and only post the BEST photos! It’s about quality, not quantity. Anywhere between 12-20 photos is a good number of photos to have. I like to have about four photos for the living room (or the main room you want to highlight), two to three for the kitchen, two per bedroom, and two for the bathroom.

Consider Getting Professional Help

Airbnb now offers a newer class of listings called Airbnb Plus. According to Airbnb themselves “Airbnb Plus homes are where high quality meets carefully considered design—down to every last detail. With elegant design and personal character, the homes are as welcoming as they are beautiful.” These homes are heavily promoted and can command far higher per night rates, so enlisting the help of a professional home decorator can really pay off in the long run, as they will be able to help you create the kind of listing that wins inclusion in this prestigious new program.