Preparing Your Home for a Virtual Tour

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Technology is helpful in so many areas of life, even real estate. 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 are here to save the day!

When it comes to creating a virtual tour, don’t panic. Your real estate agent will be
there to guide you through the entire process. An agent may help to schedule a
videographer to come to your house, or utilize software like Tour Wizard or My360 to
create a virtual tour of their own that can be added to the listing. Real Estate Agents can
also use FaceTime or other apps to give their customers a tour of a house that doesn’t
include a virtual tour of the listing.

There are a few ways to prepare your home before filming a virtual tour. 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, so your realtor will most likely schedule
filming in the morning or late afternoon. 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 will
help you with a simple staging of your home beforehand so it looks presentable in the
video. The great thing about staging for a virtual tour is you’ll only have to keep it that
way for a couple of hours before you can put everything back where it belongs.

Once the virtual tour of your house has been edited, it’ll be ready to show
potential buyers. 
Your real estate 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 than a traditional open house. 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 or show up to the open house.