Janelle Ancillotti, HSR Certified Home Stager, Syracuse, NY (Seneca Home Staging)

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John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

No but I may add in comments that there is a new $8,000 water softener or something like that.

Sep 13, 2015 11:35 PM
Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area

I do take photos of the home's mechanicals and of the garage interior or workshop area.  I don't include them in the MLS but when I get that "Please send more info" email or the "do you have more than the 30 photos and vtour on mls"  this is what I send to them.

It used to be Kitchens & Bathrooms sell houses but I find that very sexist.  I have just as many clients wanting to see the mechanics and garages of homes.

Sep 14, 2015 12:34 AM
Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED
RETIRED / State License is Inactive - Portland, OR

I am not a listing agent as I practice Exclusive Buyer Agency.  That said, if I see a photo of the mechanicals on the MLS, it does nothing one way or the other.  A photo isn't going to tell me DOES IT WORK?  

Sep 15, 2015 04:48 AM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

No. My job is to find a buyer for the home, NOT unsell the home by providing too much misinterpreted information.

That information will be made available if the buyers shows interest.

By not showing them in the MLS images I PREVENT them from becoming an issue for the buyer. It is important for the buyer to be engaged in dialog that suggests such issues could be fixed.

So, 'Let's talk.'


Sep 13, 2015 11:29 PM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

We do not.  The function of marketing is to get prospective Buyers to visit the property.  This means encouraging the Buyers to visit - with professional photography and a professional virtual tour, showcasing the property.  Once they arrive at the door, the job of marketing via photos/virtual tour is over.   IMHO, the review of the mechanicals can come once the Buyer has arrived. 

Sep 14, 2015 04:51 AM
Kathleen Luiten
Resort and Second-Home Specialist - Princeville, HI
Kauai Luxury Ocean Home Sales

That information goes into the extended description but not the published photos.

Sep 14, 2015 03:34 AM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

The property description and features are presented to catch the eye, perk the interest and set the hook. All the rest of it in due time....

Sep 14, 2015 01:47 AM
Andrzej Niemyjski
Realty One Group - Sun City West, AZ

MLS pictures get perspective buyers into the doors of your listings so you want to display the best features of the home in a best light and for majority of the homes I dont think it will be furnace or water heater

Sep 14, 2015 12:20 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

I never did.  I would assume the prospective buyer knows there is a heating system and water heater.  Like Praful Thakkar said, it's more of a beauty contest.  No need to show the "guts" (functional systems) of the home.  As John McCormack said, if there is something extra it would be worth a mention in the listing.  

Sep 14, 2015 12:13 AM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Janelle Ancillotti that's the last thing I'd like to show in listings.

Selling a home is a 'beauty contest'!


Seller's disclosure has the information about the age of such equipments anyways. 

Sep 13, 2015 11:29 PM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

No - I don't think they are attractive and you can take care of them in the remarks

Sep 14, 2015 09:25 PM
Dan Tabit
Keller Williams Bellevue - Sammamish, WA

Unless they are unique, special or at least brand new, no.  AC in my area is uncommon, especially in more affordable home so I might. 

I have in the past, when I first started because I spent time in the HVAC business and it was something I looked at, but I don't think the average person cares.  

Sep 14, 2015 03:17 PM
James (Jim) Lawson, DBA
DomainRealty.com LLC - Bonita Springs, FL
Broker Associate, RSPS, BPOR, HI & PE

I don't since there are very few people, like me, that would be interested in them.

Sep 14, 2015 03:14 PM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Interesting question!  Typically I do not photograph the mechanicals or any non-living spaces of the home, with the exception of an air conditioner compressor.  Those can be hard not to photograph in a yard photo sometimes.  I find most people aren't concerned with how the mechanicals look (they are hidden away afterall).  If a garage is something special, I'll photograph it.  I've seen a couple in the MLS out here, but they usually belong to multi-million dollar homes and there is usually a VERY nice car in the photo that the realtor was enamoured with.

Sep 14, 2015 02:37 PM
John Mosier
Realty ONE Group Mountain Desert - Prescott, AZ
Prescott's Patriot Agent 928 533-8142

I have many listings that are "off-grid" on solar power. I think photos of the mechanicals including batteries, solar panels and the inverter and controls are very important and should be included. Photos may not be so important for homes in cities.

Sep 14, 2015 01:58 PM
Brenda J. Andrew
Professional Realtor in Conroe/Willis, TX

I don't include photo's of those items.  It may be helpful if there was a new unit that was super fabulous, but other than that, I don't see a reason to include them.  People just want to see the bedrooms, kitchen, living area, yard, etc.  I have never had anyone ask for pictures of the items you listed.

Sep 14, 2015 11:39 AM
Tom White
Franklin Homes Realty LLC (615) 495-0752 or www.FranklinHomesRealty.com - Franklin, TN
Franklin Homes Realty LLC, Franklin TN

I think it comes down to the number of pictures allowed on the MLS. We are allowed 20 and I don't see us posting pictures of those mechanicals in lieu of other pictures of the house. A mention of a new furnace or water heater should suffice.

Sep 14, 2015 10:56 AM
David Alan Baker | Laveen & South Phoenix Realtor
Keller Williams Realty Phoenix - Laveen, AZ
Your local Expert

SOme of my clients like that.  They just maybe added new disposal, a/c unit, water heater or other item.  Show it off.  And photos are more likely to be seen.

Sep 14, 2015 10:16 AM
David Gibson CNE, 719-304-4684 ~ Colorado Springs Relocation
Colorado Real Estate Advisers LLC - Colorado Springs, CO
Relocation, Luxury & Lifestyle residential



I’m going against the grain here but if I have room and there is something worth showing I sure will. Many houses here in Colorado don’t have AC so if a house has it I want to be sure the potential buyer sees that big new unit and doesn’t just read about it where it could be glossed over.

Sep 14, 2015 09:35 AM
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

Generally not; the inspector does.

Sep 14, 2015 08:46 AM
Dr. Paula McDonald
Beam & Branch Realty - Granbury, TX
Granbury, TX 936-203-0279

If a listing warrants one or some of these items to be featured, I would certainly consider using them.  Mostly I don't unless it is a farm and ranch listing with equipment.

Sep 14, 2015 08:21 AM
Janelle Ancillotti
Seneca Home Staging - Syracuse, NY
HSR Certified Home Stager, Syracuse, NY

Thank you all for your very thoughtful responses. As I suspected, most do not include MLS photos of the mechanicals, and I agree with all your reasons. THANKS!!!

Sep 14, 2015 07:45 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

I don't recall ever including mechanicals but mention them in the marketing remarks if need be.   I advise my seller clients to have pre-marketing inspection and that will be included as an attachment in the mls and is a part of the marketing of the property so those photos and findings can easily be found.  

Sep 14, 2015 02:54 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

if it's a clean area and the furnace is "top shelf" I'd want a photo.... 

Sep 14, 2015 12:10 AM
Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

I have them available especially for out of town clients.

Sep 13, 2015 11:29 PM
Renee Paray
Coldwell Banker Realty - Blue Bell, PA

I may have 1 or 2 photos if the mechanicals are new or they have extraordinary mechanical set up (ie. air scrubber). I do not feel that it is necessary to include them. 

Sep 13, 2015 11:26 PM
The Woodland Team of Texas
The Woodland Companies - Austin, TX
Land Specialists

Some include photos, some put it in the specs.

Jan 29, 2019 10:13 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

No, have not so far.

Aug 09, 2018 09:04 PM
Gene Riemenschneider
Home Point Real Estate - Brentwood, CA
Turning Houses into Homes

Not generally, but I will note them in the comments if they are present.

Sep 23, 2015 02:22 AM
Christine Manzo
Strongsville, OH

Our MLS only gives us 25 slots for pictures so I don't waste any of that precious space on mechanicals but if any of them are newer I always comment on the age of the mechanicals in the verbiage of the listing. We also upload a page to our MLS along with the Residential Property Disclosures that details age of all mechanicals, roof, average utilities and any recent major updates to the home.

Sep 14, 2015 09:17 PM
Martin Kalisker
Natick, MA
Real Estate Ethics & Dispute Resolutikn

I will suggest to the seller that the marketing materials include photos of updated systems which are described in the narrative of the property description. Otherwise, I'm sorry, but you do have to understand that many agents don't understand the mechanics well enough to explain them. Many listings are not properly identified on the MLS by the agent and they don't know when asked during showings - in such cases, I'd argue that they would be better off putting pictures of the roof, the electrical panel, the boiler and the air conditioner/dehumidifier for all to see.

Sep 14, 2015 12:45 PM
Dan and Amy Schuman
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Solon, OH
Luxury Home Specialists

We don't include photos of mechanicals as we prefer to "tease" buyers with only photos of a home's best features. Unless there is something highly unusual about them ( like a tankless water heater ), I would leave them out. It is important to note age of mechanicals though, especially if newer as buyers do like having that information.

Sep 14, 2015 07:37 AM
Tamra Lee Ulmer
Arizona Resource Realty - Payson, AZ
NRBA ~FORCE~ Over 1000 REO Assets SOLD!

No photos, but it is always found in the MLS info, what appliances and mechanicals it may have such as example: has 30 gallon water heater/electric..details, but I add as many photos as possible and limited to for advertisement. 

Sep 14, 2015 07:33 AM
Amelia Robinette
NoVa House and Home - Frankly Realty - Falls Church, VA
Education, Innovation, Service

No, I'm limited to 30 photos and find that a floor plan is way more valuable/interesting than a furnace. 

I ask the photographers that I hire to take 100 photos of the property, including mechanical systems. All my listing clients clean or have cleaned all their systems. I think we've all had home inspection reports include "filter dirty have system checked by licensed professional". I try to mitigate those inspector comments with my own photos and clean systems. I will include the photos on property specific websites, along with virtual tour and if appropriate a 3D walking tour.

Sep 14, 2015 07:16 AM
S. Leanne Paynter ☼ Broward County, FL
United Realty Group, Inc. - Davie, FL
Davie, Plantation, Cooper City & Weston Specialist

I have not included any such photo in the MLS.  Although buyers want to know if the home has a new or newer A/C, hot water heater, etc. -- I think it's much more important to state that in the remarks field than to include a photo of it/them. 

Sep 14, 2015 06:27 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

Generally, no.  I used to take photos of furnace, water heater, etc. when listing short sales as most lenders required it. But, those photos were not shared publicly, on the MLS.

Sep 14, 2015 06:18 AM
Toby Barnett
KW North Sound - Marysville, WA
Toby Barnett

No, not normally. The NWMLS allows 25 photos and there are more features to show than hot water tanks and such.

Sep 14, 2015 05:50 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

I do not, unless there is something very unique about them.  

Sep 14, 2015 05:36 AM
Brad Rachielles
CENTURY 21 Peak, Ca BRE# 01489453 - Upland, CA

Not necessary unless it is really something extrordinary for the property and area. Total new HVAC in a 100 year old Elizabethan - maybe. Solar electric -  Always. A "glam" home - won't spoil the romance.

Sep 14, 2015 05:15 AM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Photos should have their own style to them and be able to enhance whatever it needs to be.

Sep 14, 2015 05:09 AM
Shirley Coomer
Keller Williams Realty Sonoran Living - Phoenix, AZ
Realtor, Keller Williams Realty, Phoenix Az

It is rare to see these in our MLS. The verbiage may state new water heater or new AC unit but not pictures.  The reason for buying a home is usually location or home features. It is easy to replace a water heater, for example so I never find that a factor for buyers.

Sep 14, 2015 05:04 AM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

unless you are reporting something uncommon...... Antique fire place.



Sep 14, 2015 04:54 AM
Les & Sarah Oswald
Realty One Group - Eastvale, CA
Broker, Realtor and Investor

I haven't...

I usually try to post photos that will help sell the house. However, if the equipment is fairly new...then most definitely, as it shows the value in the purchase.

Sep 14, 2015 04:16 AM
Spirit Messingham
Tierra Antigua Realty - Tucson, AZ
Third Generation Full-Time Realtor® 520 471-6900

Normally, no?  The reason being they are replaceable, can be put under a home warranty for under $500 and appliances are a small cost when compared to a $500K home.

Sep 14, 2015 03:49 AM
Captain Wayne - Rowlett Real Estate School
Rowlett Real Estate School - Panama City, FL
Rowlett Real Estate School / Owner and Instructor

No, I can't say that I do Janelle.

Sep 14, 2015 02:27 AM
Stefan Winter
Real Estate in IL & NV | Owner of Real Estate Web Tech | Daily Vlogger - Las Vegas, NV
Owner - Winter Group & Real Estate Web Tech

Not picture if the furnace, water heater or something else people worry about was updated recently I will mention it in the comment section.

Sep 14, 2015 01:17 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

We can have 35 photos in our MLS, and if there is room, yes, if the home is large and need all 35 photos for the home, no.   The age of the mechnicals is in the property disclosure. 

Sep 14, 2015 01:02 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

You may wish to have these photographs for your file but I would not usually include them in marketing materials or in the MLS photos. 

A furnace photograph is not going to excite most prospective home buyers.

Sep 14, 2015 12:56 AM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

If ther is something special

Sep 14, 2015 12:20 AM
Blatt + Cutino
Coldwell Banker Realty - Monterey, CA
Broker-Associate 831/206-8070*Call today*

No, I don't think that is a good idea..most don't photograph well..if, they are new or newer I would decsribe them...mos consumers can grasp a visual of these items and don't need photographs.

Sep 19, 2015 12:28 AM
Michael Thacker - Re/Max Real Estate Center - Louisville
Re/Max Real Estate Center - The Thacker Group - Louisville, KY
Your best friend who just happens to be a Realtor

Myself, I prefer not to since its not too pretty no matter how you shoot the photos.

There is an exception, if it is an "as is" property in which case I want to highlight the value for the money the home is.

Sep 18, 2015 05:06 AM
Dex Hubbard
Murphy, NC

Never. If it's something extra or out of the ordinary, feel free to mention it. We have a house under contract with a generator for the whole house. We did mention that, and take pictures but did not post them to the MLS. You have such a short window to make that first impression via your photos. Don't chance a potential buyer seeing anything that won't create a good impression or a good feeling. 

Sep 18, 2015 01:10 AM
Shanna Day Team Leader (UT & AZ)
Keller Williams SLC (UT) and Keller Williams Realty EV (AZ) - Park City, UT
Keller Williams Realty

Yes for UT, no for AZ (I'm licensed in both states).   In UT, some of my listings have very impressive boiler rooms with multiple boilers, driveway boilers, piping for radiant heat, cold and hot water chanels, water features, spa and sauna piping etc and it's amazing that guys will decide to buy a home based on how impressive the "behind the scenes" construction can be.   In AZ, we don't have boiler rooms or anything more impressive than a gas water heater or water softener (Sorry HVAC people).  

Sep 17, 2015 12:07 AM
James Hoff
Century 21 Award - Rancho Santa Margarita, CA
Real Agents Work

No. I've yet to meet the buyer or agent that says "hey this is a great house but I saw a picture of the water heater and it looks shot ... probably not even looking at" ...

Note: the pictures are to show layout, drive traffic and create some buzz/sex appeal to the property ... get people excited. They will pass their judgements during a home inspection or when looking at the house.

That said, if you are going to take photos of the mechanicals ... don't forget the toilet tank ... :-D

Sep 16, 2015 03:23 PM
Ginger Harper
Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage~ Ginger Harper Real Estate Team - Southport, NC
Your Southport~Oak Island Agent~Brunswick County!

No..we are only allowed so many pictures in mls...I want to show the features..


Sep 16, 2015 11:33 AM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

No I don't usually. It is a matter that we are limited to only 20 photos total and I have to decide which are the best to use.

Sep 15, 2015 01:57 PM
Sharon Altier
Coldwell Banker Realty - Elmhurst, IL
Luxury Property Specialist, CSC, SFR

No, write the date of the mechanicals in MLS, if that is needed information. 

Sep 15, 2015 05:04 AM
Vera Gonzalez
RE/MAX Suburban, Inc. - Sterling Heights, MI
Gonzo For Real Estate

No I don't. I keep pics on hand just in case. It reminds me of a bank owned listing. 

Sep 15, 2015 01:21 AM
Tammie White, Broker
Franklin Homes Realty LLC - Franklin, TN
Franklin TN Homes for Sale

Our MLS only allows 20 photos and I covet every one of those. I don't put photos of mechanicals in the MLS. I don't even photograph them. However, if the seller has a workshop in the garage, then I include photos of that. Otherwise, I view those MLS photos as valuable real estate and only leave those spots for the best selling features of a home.

Sep 15, 2015 01:06 AM
Richard Robibero, e-Pro, ABR, SRS
Panorama R.E. Limited - Toronto, ON
Selling Your Home as if it were My Own!

I may take them for documentation purposes but I'm not putting those ugly pics in the MLS listing. If I need them down the road then I have them. Unless a buyer says specifically "send me a picture of the furnace or else I won't come out to view" I keep them.

Sep 14, 2015 10:46 PM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

Usually only when they are new or going to attract buyers i would not post a pic of a rusting, dripping furnace for instance.

Sep 14, 2015 10:43 PM
Greg Riley
Prudential AllStar Realtors - Rio Rancho, NM
e-PRO,RECS, Rio Rancho Real Estate

Say  what?


Sep 14, 2015 10:35 PM