Technology is helpful in so many areas of life, and real estate is one of them. Twenty years ago, if someone were moving across the country, they’d have to wait to buy a house until they arrived to start their new life, or they’d have to buy a home without seeing it in person beforehand. Both options would cause extra unwanted stress on top of moving to an unfamiliar place.
Luckily, with the rise of technology, virtual tours have changed the game! During this pandemic, they’ve been crucial tools as open houses weren’t possible for months and are still avoided by some realtors and our clients even as restrictions are lifted.
When it comes to creating a virtual tour, your real estate agent (That’s us!) will be there to guide you through the entire process. They may help to schedule a videographer to come to your house, or utilize special software to create a virtual tour of their own that can be added to the listing. Things like FaceTime and other apps have also been helpful in giving clients a tour of homes that don’t include a virtual tour in their listing.
There are a few ways to prepare your home before filming a virtual tour or having an agent give one in real time. Start by turning on all the lights in your home and opening the blinds or window coverings. You’ll need optimal lighting to get the best footage.
Take time to clean your house before the virtual tour and remove all clutter and any
furniture you don’t want to be seen. Your realtor can help you with a simple staging of your home beforehand so it looks presentable in the video as well.
Once the virtual tour of your house has been edited, it’ll be ready to show potential buyers. Your agent will show you the final footage and add it to your listing. Anyone interested in taking a virtual tour can easily watch it online to get a good idea of what to expect in person.
When you’ve decided it’s time to sell your home, a virtual tour can be a great way to get more people to see it and secure a buyer in less time. Not only does it give potential buyers a first glimpse, but it also ensures that only people who are seriously considering purchasing your home request a tour.