Prepare 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.