Is it ever OK to Photoshop a listing picture that will appear in the MLS?
Yes, to some extent. A little Photoshop can clean up your images and help your listing stand out. But when altering your photos, it’s important that they remain accurate and factual. For example, if the outside trash bin makes a cameo in one of your pictures, you can digitally remove it since it’s not an attached structure and can easily be relocated. However, if your images feature unsightly power lines, removing them would not be OK because it would be deceiving to erase something that can’t be removed. We’ve put together some common Photoshop questions to help you understand when it’s OK to edit and when au natural is best.
Photoshop Dos and Don'ts
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Question 1 of 5
Is it OK to remove family photos or artwork out of a picture?Correct
Yes! Removing distracting artwork or family photos is perfectly fine.Incorrect
Actually, you can! Removing distracting artwork or family photos is perfectly fine.
Question 2 of 5
Can I Photoshop in landscaping or a pool?Correct
That’s right! It would be deceiving to potential buyers who visit the property and are expecting those features.Incorrect
Not quite. It would be deceiving to potential buyers who visit the property and are expecting those features.
Question 3 of 5
Can I remove myself from the bathroom mirror pictures?Correct
That’s right! Since you’re not a permanent fixture, feel free to remove your reflection from any images.Incorrect
Sure you can! Since you’re not a permanent fixture, feel free to remove your reflection from any images.
Question 4 of 5
Can I use furniture staging software to show what a room could look like?Correct
You sure can. Just make sure whatever you put in the images doesn’t convey with the property. For example, you can add furniture, but not a snazzy chandelier, since light fixtures typically convey with the sale.Incorrect
You sure can. Just make sure whatever you put in the images doesn’t convey with the property. For example, you can add furniture, but not a snazzy chandelier, since light fixtures typically convey with the sale.
Question 5 of 5
My Brokerage information is in the for-sale sign. Can I remove that?Correct
Absolutely! You can blur or completely remove the Brokerage contact information. No need to take another picture.Incorrect
Actually, you can! You can blur or completely remove the Brokerage contact information. No need to take another picture.
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Megan has been working in the real estate industry for over a decade. She specializes in helping new agents begin their journey. In her free time she enjoys reading, writing, dogs, and traveling.