I’m a new HO to THS, and wondering what type of photo might be most helpful & appealing first photo to most sitters.
I rent this room out via Airbnb when I’m not traveling - and, for that, the first photo is always of the bedroom (though guests have kitchen/living room/garden access.)
For THS, I’m wondering if the bedroom would be the best primary photo, or living room, kitchen, garden, front of house… I’m proud of my little city rowhome, so think any of those photos could be appealing. I do have quite a few photos on my listing of all of the spaces.
@GardenCat welcome to the Forum! It sounds like as an Airbnb host, you’ve learned what appeals to folks staying in your home. As a sitter, many things appeal to me when I see that first photo. Scroll through the website, and put yourself in the shoes of a sitter searching for the next petsit. What appeals to you? Why did you choose your home, your pet, your town? It’s my understanding that as a homeowner, you can adjust your photos and change them up, if you are receiving less interest than you anticipated. I believe outdoor spaces are just as important as photos depicting indoor areas. Best of luck in your search for your first sitter!
Hi @GardenCat and welcome. Whatever photo you use, and even what written content you add, I would suggest you search your listing after - on the website and app (as they display differently) - to see how others will see it.
As for photos, landscape format works best. Avoid portrait layout as the system will crop the photo, generally from top and bottom areas. This can often result in, for example, a photo of the paved driveway to your home. Not its prime feature for most. As for a photo of your dog walking ahead of you; that rear-view image is not appealing.
I’m a fairly new member, pretty much all homeowners put a photo of their house as their profile pic, the one that shows up in searches. Personally, I would rather that there was a picture of the pets as the profile picture. I apply for sits where I think I will have a good relationship with the pets, and I can always look at the photos of the house later. For me, the pets are the primary reason I apply for a sit, not how beautiful the home is. It takes a lot of time to click on a lot of profiles to scroll down to see the pets. I realized this could just be me, I wonder if other sitters would also like this.
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Hello. Homeowner and sitter here.
There isn’t really a right and wrong answer, but for me, my order of preference is house first!
Personally, I don’t need to see the pets upfront because I will love and care for any and all little critters as if they were my own - their looks/breed etc are never my focus.
I do however need to see the house! I want to know that it’s going to work for us for the duration of our time there, that the bed is big enough to fit my very tall husband and that above all else, the place looks clean.