Photo: Craig Gilsinger / solidgroundgardening.com ©2013
Photo: Jump Visual ©2013
b Hose down the driveway or cement areas around
the home for an added glisten.
b Add extra lights to dark areas, if needed.
b Have your camera set to its manual mode and
adjust the aperture and shutter speed as needed.
Sometimes all the lights from the house will fool
the light meter in your camera. Be prepared to ad-
just your camera accordingly.
Photo: Frank A. Urso / Jump Visual ©2013
If your photos are still su;ering from the winter
blahs, call in a pro, but don’t be tempted to pick a
photo from a warmer season for your first image on
the MLS. You want the main exterior photo in your
marketing to reflect the current season, Urso says.
That way, it’s clear the listing is new to the market.
By Melissa Dittmann Tracey W
Photo: iStockphoto / Stan Rohrer ©2013
Culprits: House mice, roof rats,
Threats: Gnawing through electrical wires
can cause fire. Urine and fecal matter can
contaminate food and harbor diseases.
Prevention Tips: Install weather stripping on
all doors and windows; trim overgrown branches,
plants, and bushes; advise clients not to leave
dirty dishes in the sink or pet food out at night.
Culprits: Raccoons, opossums, squirrels,
bats, various species of mice and rats
Threats: Chewing holes into a home’s
structure to reach hidden areas. May carry
rabies, hantavirus, or LCMV.
Prevention Tips: Inspect crawl spaces; cover
attic vents and fan openings with wire cloth;
advise clients to use hard plastic or metal
waste bins with tightly fitted, clamped lids.
Culprits: Stink bugs, lady bugs,
cluster flies, kudzu beetles
Threats: Feed on plants, fruits,
Prevention Tips: Seal all cracks and
crevices with caulk; place screens over
doors and windows; install door sweeps
under all doors.