How to create the perfect listing for your home

To make sure you get the attention of potential swappers, it's important to make your home stand out from the crowd. Listings that are well-written and informative gain the most interest - and attractive photos are a must. Here are our top tips to create an inviting listing for your home.

With over 60,000 stylish homes available on Love Home Swap, it's important to make your home stand out from the crowd. Listings that are well-written and informative gain the most interest - and attractive photos are a must.

Here are our top tips to create an inviting listing for your home.

Bring your listing to life

A poorly-written profile isn't likely to spark anyone's interest. You don't have to be the next Jane Austen - but misspellings are a no-no. If spelling's not your thing, run your description through a spell-checker before you post it on the site.

It's always better to use full sentences than short statements. For example, "Our home is a modern 4th floor apartment" sounds better than "4th floor apartment". Make sure that your sentences make sense - ask someone else to read through your description if that helps.

Try to make your home sound inviting when describing it. Avoid just running through a list of features - comment on the ambience and atmosphere of the rooms and any nice views. If you're struggling to find the words, look at some of the other homes on the site for inspiration.

Take good photos

Use as much natural light as possible. Always take your photographs during the day, and keep all curtains, blinds and shutters open. If the room appears dark, experiment with switching on the lights. Don't be tempted to compensate by using your camera's flash setting - it can have the opposite effect of making a room appear darker than it actually is.

Beware of shiny surfaces - accidentally capturing the photographer looks unprofessional. Shoot mirrors and other reflective objects from an angle to avoid this. Also, double check that your photos aren't blurry - if you don't have a steady hand, set up a tripod, or balance your camera on a solid object.

Have a good tidy up. Untidy rooms don't photograph well - you want to give the impression that your home is spacious and light. Leaving an overflowing laundry basket in shot is a sure-fire way to put off potential swappers. That said, be sure to leave some personal effects around- a completely empty room looks sparse and uninviting.

Include some personal details

Home swapping is all about trust, particularly for first-time swappers. Including some personal details about yourself in the advert shows that you're trustworthy and reliable, and will encourage people to consider you as a swapping partner.

You don't have to go into too much detail - this is a home swap site, not a dating service! However, feel free to include information such as your first names, your favourite activities and your occupations. If you have pets, mention them - it not only helps people to build up an idea of your home in their minds, but is also useful information for allergy sufferers!

Including personal details about the local area is another way to make your home seem inviting. List your favourite local restaurants and cafes, the most interesting local galleries and so on - sell the area, not just your home.

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