Your video tour and photography session is the most important showing you will ever have, and the one that paves the way for all future showings.
You probably share a home preparation checklist with your sellers and we always do as well...but through the years, I've noticed there are a few mistakes sellers repeatedly make, even when given direct instructions.
So, here are the most common oversights that when fixed, can make a huge difference in the quality of your video tour.
- Turn on the Gas Fireplace: I'd say 60%-70% of the sellers I meet say they've disabled the pilot light and can't turn on the fireplace. Having a warm, roaring fire looks wonderful on video.
- Light the Candles: Even though it's in the checklist, 90% of home sellers don't light candles for the tour. I have no idea why. But a flickering candle is a nice, warm touch and with a talented videographer, it looks fantastic in creating a welcoming ambiance.
- Turn on ALL of the Lights - even the accent lighting under kitchen cabinets. When it comes to lighting...more is always better.
- Close toilet seat lids, hide pet food bowls, and put away hoses strewn over the deck.
- Don't wait until the videographer arrives to move things out of the way. With full motion, walk through tours, it's very difficult to film while a seller is moving items from one room to another and back again.
- We love Fluffy and Fido but please put them in a safe place for the tour.
- Make sure Garbage Cans are put away and out of sight. No one wants to see those.
- Finally, have the house ready when the videographer/photographer arrives. I can't count how many times I've shot a room only to be told later, that a chair/rug/vase wasn't supposed to be in there, you need to re-shoot it. It's always great to have it right the first time!
Just a little extra effort in preparation can make such a difference in producing a showcase piece that will wow your potential buyer and help them fall in love with the property and with your services!