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The most beautiful house could pose risks. A house that meets all of your space and decor wants could be structured so that it leaves your car and other vehicles exposed to external dangers. Proof of this has often revealed itself the night of a ravaging storm or the morning after.
Hard weather storms and certain house types may not mix
Many times during or after a hard storm, news reports share stories of how a vehicle was damaged while it was parked in a homeowner's driveway. It almost seems as if storm and damaged car or truck are somehow linked.
Although no house may be able to fully protect a vehicle from getting damaged when a hard weather storm hits, there may be some homes that are better at reducing a vehicle's exposure than other homes. Leading the way might be houses that don't come with a covered garage. Other types of houses or house conditions that may leave vehicles more exposed to damage during weather storms include:
- Houses surrounded by large trees, particularly large, old trees - Damaged trees may appear to be healthy and strong which is why you might not get the trees inspected or cut the trees away. But, just because trees stand tall and look strong doesn't mean that trees aren't severely decayed. It's these very decayed trees that might fall on your car, truck or even your house should winds really pick up or hail plummet the ground.
- Houses with loose roof shingles - It's not hard to see how loose roof shingles could slip off the top of a house and slam onto a car, potentially shattering car windows.
- Loose house awnings - Similar to loose roof shingles, if a house's awnings are loose, they could shake away from the house during a hard storm. Once awnings separate from a house, they could start slapping the top or side of a vehicle.Worse, awnings or pieces of an awning could swing across your property and damage a neighbor's car or truck.
- Houses built near falling rocks - There's almost nothing that can be done to completely stop falling rocks from breaking loose and damaging nearby property.
- Houses that are located on steep hills or sharp inclines - These are times when your vehicle could slide down a hill and crash into another vehicle. That or your car or truck could slide down an incline and crash into a ditch.
Protecting the belongings that are inside your home isn't the only goal that you should have when you buy a house. You also want to buy a house that offers protections for your vehicles. You want a house that reduces the likelihood that your car,truck or motorcycle will suffer damage during a hard storm. Although there maybe no house that can offer full protection for your vehicles, there are things you can look for in a house that don't invite damage.
Most potential buyers for your home will have their first impression on the internet in the form of a photo gallery of your home. Therefore it’s essential to have quality photos that show off the size and features of both the interior and exterior of your house.
As smartphones are equipped with ever-improving built in cameras, taking decent photos of your home has never been easier. However, there are still a few basic photography techniques that you should keep in mind to get the best results.
In this article, we’ll give you some tips on shooting professional-looking photos of your home that will leave a good impression on potential buyers.
Lighting matters most
It may seem like most cameras these days adjust the exposure for poor lighting pretty well. However, if you’re taking photos in a dimly lit house, you can’t depend on your camera to fix the problem. When your camera or smartphone automatically adjusts the brightness of a photo you’re really losing photo quality.
You might have noticed pictures that appear grainy or pixelized. That is often because the photographer didn’t have enough light and allowed the camera to adjust. For best results, take photos in your home when the sun is high, open up the blinds and curtains, and turn on some ambient light in the room. A well-lit home looks much more inviting in photos than a dark one.
There’s only one other lighting tip you’ll need for taking quality photos of your home, and that’s to never use flash. Phone camera flashes can be good in a pinch if you’re not concerned with how a photo is going to look. But, it if you’re trying to take nice photos of your home a smart phone flash will likely ruin your photos. It will create a glare on any number if surfaces in your home and it will create an unnatural white-colored light that is typically unflattering.
Where you stand is important
You want to show off all of the features of your home, but you don’t want to have hundreds of photos in your gallery. To achieve this, it’s best to stand in a corner or against a wall to fit as much as possible into the frame.
Avoid holding the camera up over your head or kneeling down. Typically, when we see a home we see it from eye-level. Photos that are taken from a perspective that is unnaturally high up or low to the ground will appear strange and foreign to someone who is unfamiliar with your home.
Take a ton of photos
One of the most common pieces of advice amateur photographers receive is to shoot as many photos as they can. This helps you for two reasons. First, the more photos you take the more likely it is that there will be a few great shots. Second, shooting a lot of photos and then reviewing your work is the best way to learn what looks good and what doesn’t.
In a time where digital memory is cheap, there’s no reason to be economical with the number of photos you take.