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Photography faux-pas when selling your home

In an earlier post I showed examples of photography faux-pas often found in realtor presentations of homes. Pictures with people in it, clutter on the counter tops in kitchens, vague photographs of open closets or worse, stained toilet seats. Online one can find many sites where people showcase bad examples. One of them is foutehuizen.nl which is run by a team of stylists who’s speciality it is to make people sell their homes faster. This site shows that realtors are often clueless when it comes to presenting property. Some examples are tragic and make you wonder if the owner, let alone realtor, truly wants to sell the house.  Check the site out, it makes for a good laugh.

Seriously, how hard is it to clear the surface before taking the picture???

Their site links to an example of a site run from the Phoenix Arizona area. Uglyhousephotos.com currently opens with a photograph of a dinosaur shaped bed. Cute if you are 9, but I doubt a 9-year-old can afford a two-story duplex with park views….

 Google for more website featuring photography faux-pas. And if you have any examples to share, foutehuizen.nl will gladly put them online for you.

The last farm-house of Gouda

My cousin Berend sent me through photographs of his old farm house in Gouda (that’s right, the same Gouda as the cheese). Here is what he wrote:  

What a great thing to show your home to others. Here is my home. It’s totally opposite of what most people would expect. Nothing fancy, no decorations but just sturdy simplicity. It was built around the year 1500 as a farmhouse, just outside Gouda. As the town grew larger, the farm got surrounded. In the late nineteenth century the cows were sold and the barn torn down. Only the front living quarters were kept and restored about twenty years ago by an artistically well raised porcelain manufacturer who kicked the bucket right in the living room some years ago. That’s the way things go in an old farmhouse.  I bought it after my divorce to get my life back on the track again. I never refurnished it, I just put my stuff in there. Period. The pictures demonstrate it all. I must say I’ve never lived in a house that is so rigidly built. There a no construction failures as in many other old houses. It rest on concrete foundation, with big beams to support the rather high ceiling. The bathroom, toilet and attic are downright ugly but strong as hell.  


High ceilings with exposed beams and great light!


This house is for sale, I’m moving in with my new partner. The next owner will have a solid space to decorate according to his own believes. I never did and liked it that way.  

Large French windows with original shutters


Well Berend, it sure is a great house!  According to the realtor selling it, it is Gouda’s last remaining farm-house. However, to be honest, your realtor can do with a bit of styling advice because the pictures he took are not very appealing and don’t do the house and your furniture any justice. I love how you kept it rustic by not cluttering it too much. 

For folk able to see through the photographs and recognize the massive potential; check the house here. It is on the market for a very affordable €189.000. Try buying anything for that in Amsterdam!