The Realtor's Association did a poll on web features in which 83% of respondents rated photos "very useful" and 60% said Virtual Tours are very important. I expect that at some point Virtual Tours will be as expected on a web listing as photos are now.
What can a realtor do to have their property look its best in a Virtual Tour? Some things are simple and obvious but are still overlooked. Doing some preparation and thinking ahead can also save time during the filming.
Here are some tips:
- Park cars inside a closed garage or on the street, away from the house
- Close garage doors
- Turn all inside lights on
- Open blinds/curtains (unless view is a detriment)
- TVs and Ceiling Fans should be OFF
- Toilet seats down
- Closet doors closed
- Keep kitchen counters and islands clear of clutter (including dishwashing materials)
- Clear off bathroom counters
- Hide dirty laundry and have beds made
- Remove/hide valuables you do not want to show the world
Please do not plan on cleaning and staging once the videographer arrives - this adds TONS of time and is not fair to the Tour provider who has scheduled a finite amount of time. If any changes/prep needs to be done, plan on arriving early enough to have it done before the scheduled appointment time.
These are easy ways to have your Virtual Tour process go as smoothly and quickly as possible, and most importantly to have your listed property look as good as possible in the finished product!
Amy Hunter, videographer
Hearth & Home Residential Videos www.rezvid.com