Asked by KH, Pflugerville, TX • Sat Jan 31, 2009
I have a (mostly rhetorical) question for anyone who lists places to rent online. I go to Craigslist or other sites to look for places to rent. Of the three-to-five pictures paired with the description, most or all of the pictures are of the pool or the lobby! Why post pictures of common spaces and not the living space you're trying to rent? I'm not going to rent a place because it has a pool. (Anyway, lots of places have pools. That doesn't set it apart.) When I see listings like this I figure, at best, the unit they're trying to lease is still occupied by tenants who won't let them photograph it or, at worst, there's something they're trying to hide about the unit and they think shots of a sunny pool will distract you.
(Pool shots aren't bad. Just prioritize.)
So, as a prospective renter--maybe for your listing--I ask you, please post better pictures. Same goes for using one of your five Craigslist pictures to post the view of the "for rent" sign on the lawn.
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