Real Estate Videos | Dealing With Background Noise

Real Estate Agent with MOOERS REALTY ME Broker License 106759

Making real estate videos, dealing with audio back ground noise.

Unless you waste the audio of a real estate video with dead air silence or plan to slap on a music track filler only, your audio needs TLC attention.

barking dog real estate videoThe real estate listing video sound is 40% of your show and tell information transfer.

In fact bad audio can hurt the real estate video more than the less than stellar visual element.

Your property listing story telling has to have quality audio or hold it.


Time to regroup and stop the lights, sound,  camera, action until you address the real estate audio issues. 

This simple blog post addresses background noise issues you will run into making your own real estate videos.

If the weather is wrong, the gale force wind is blowing patio chairs around, slamming doors and rattling window shutters. Hold it. Turn off the red blinking camera light that captures it all with a wide open lens and audio recording video channel. 

Wind blown news reporters in rain slickers wearing hoods want that tree bending,  hollering to be heard effect in their visuals and audio channel broadcast background.

When it's live and local, you have to work with what you have good or bad for just the right effect. To transport your real estate buyer from where they are to stop, look and listen to where I live, work, play.

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With real estate listing videos, you don't want the neighbor deciding to fire up the lawnmower as you press record.

The whining puppy in a crate cage in the master bedroom. Three pitbull dogs of the owner or ones down the street that bark continuously.

Those sounds are not going to endear your video audience wannabee buyer.

The one sneaking a peek online at your just uploaded new property listing video. The one you sure would like to sell to buy the groceries and to pay for a kid or two's college education.

The dogs barking, heard through out your listing video inside or outside the property address make your buyer boldly check off the box "No Way".

This property listing video with continuous bark bark bark hi-jacking your marketing show and tell does not make the grade. Won't cause a revisit for serious consideration and extra viewing or two.

The buyer figures if you have dogs, there may be damage to the trim. Ooh ooh that smell like the Skynyrd song for hold your nose odors. The kind that make them think of "Animal House".

Your buyer seeks peace and quiet. Pleasant smells and sounds collected from the new video property listing address. 

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Not loud music, Rage Against The Machine, Nine Inch Nails, Slipknot no matter how popular. Anything with words is just going to distract or annoy too. You need the audio to tag team help, not hurt your video.

Turn off the news channel that may or might not be the flavor preferred by your audience real estate buyers. 

The neighbor on the other side of your new house listing may just happen to pick right now as his best time to trim a few borderline shade tree limbs.

Wielding a loud, whining. blue smoke billowing chainsaw. Held high overhead as he works like a beaver on top of a very precarious ladder.  The obnoxious, straining chain saw sounds creating the sawdust is not going to help your real estate video production. Get ready for ambulance sirens to follow on your video sound track.

I like to take the still photos inside and out first.

Using the time to mentally prepare and edit the story board of the video capture to follow. But wait, oh no. Just as you finish your image collecting, the neighbor on the other side of the listing fires up his lawnmower.

For the next hour and a half, that lawnmower is heard through the neighborhood. 

Delaying your real estate video show and tell production. You could remove the sound and dub in a new audio track. Or use the exterior footage as a "B" roll for what you talk about inside where it is a tad more quiet and the wind is missing.

Using a shotgun directional mic to isolate the sound you want to capture from everything else you don't might work. 

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You want natural sound and not to use the audio bed for filler music only.

It all takes time to replace the sound if is is hurting the video. So you may wait. Wait some more. If you want birds singing, a tinkling softly moving in the breeze wind chime to be part of the backyard video pan experience.

You could reschedule the real estate video shoot. But then, oh no, now the weather forecast is not so peachy keen later the same day or tomorrow on a property revisit.

Bad weather or the wrong look means your real estate drone video and photo flight is scrubbed.

You are now wrestling a different kind of problem variable to create the best real estate video possible.

You could ask the neighbor, do you think I could  have a few moments without the lawnmower drone in the background? And use the chance to ask him if he knows of anyone who he would like for a neighbor, to discuss the new listing while introducing yourself,  the agent picked to do the property listing transfer.

Maybe the seller can approach who is next door mowing to stop the grass cutting exercise until you can collect the exterior video footage quick like a bunny. 

Background distractions like a lawnmower or worse, a barking dog. Lots of dogs yelping on your real estate video.

The viewer of your YouTube video is going to be forced to endure those annoying sounds that don't help showcase the property listing. 

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Your video does not have to be fancy but you have to make sure the real estate video is helpful and memorable.

That is represents what is for sale and the area it is located. The success of your real estate production depends heavily on how you handle the video background noise correctly.

You don't know when emergency responders will siren by with flashing warning lights to clear the road ahead. Backing up garbage trucks with the beep beep beep or a train rumbling by, an airplane soaring over. Those are not the sounds you want included in your real estate listing presentation.

Telling the story of the new real estate listing.

Salt and peppered with just enough information seasoning. Interesting, helpful and to aid your buyer that differentiates this property from that one.

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Your real estate video has to help the audience member quick and easy decide how this listing differs from the last as they move on to the next house / community tour video. If they can not, bounce or flit on your real estate video channel happens.

The buyer will find another real estate agent or broker that can serve up what they thought they would be receiving on your video channel.

So consider you are a one man or woman run and gun real estate video maker. The ink on your newest listing is drying while you plan how best to present or introduce the property to your real estate audience. 

In any real estate video, it's all about how is this sight and sound presentation going to be useful to anyone in the YouTube audience?

Camera gear, how to use the equipment and editing software are all a big make or break for your real estate video channel's success. But the unknowns that come up to deal with at the property location. There's the challenge to expect and work around from your past real estate video experience. 

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The success of your real estate video and audio property production depends on lots of small factors.

Each combine to make or break the engagement success of your real estate video.

Often, no seller onboard during the real estate video shoot so it is quiet on the set works best.

Family members gone. For total property listing concentration. The driveway clear of cars too that when cluttered creates the look like a police station vehicle impound area. youtube real estate videos

Nothing compares to having the property all to yourself to focus on what needs to be collected for the editing back at the real estate office.

Focusing on what to shoot for audio visuals is much easier when no conversations buzzing around you at the property listing address.

All of this saves you the army of one real estate production crew of me, myself, I valuable time.

No background conversations no matter how muffled or a chair pushed in or out, a door shutting, toilet flushing. 

Just some of the garden variety audio obstacles to work around for the best possible real estate video.

Stay tuned as more real estate video posts are uploaded to tie in with the "YouTube Thursday" theme.

I'm Maine REALTOR Andrew Mooers, ME Broker


Comments (16)

Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

this is super informative . thank you for sharing!

Nov 10, 2022 08:57 AM
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573

You are welcome Lise Howe !

Nov 10, 2022 10:25 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Hello Andrew - while this is definitely above my skill level, I do think creating a better experience can enhance the total experience.   Good tips.  

Nov 10, 2022 09:17 AM
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573

Here to help and share what we learn like everyone else on the Active Rain cyber campus Michael Jacobs !

Nov 10, 2022 10:31 AM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573 As always you are a wonderful teacher. I loved your idea of asking the neighbor ( politely of course ) to shhh. You are right you just may get some business from this request. Thank you so much 😊

Nov 10, 2022 11:26 AM
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573

If it was a kid mowing, here some money to hit the dairy bar for an ice cream. Just no lawn mowing during the video sound capture. Jack hammers, skill saws, a heated basket ball game next door in a town house listing is all the viewer, listener is going to remember if in the final video upload for all to see and hear Hannah Williams !

Nov 10, 2022 01:50 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Andrew- chock full of excellent information. Listing videos have come a long way, just as listing photos. Just as you remove distractions when preparing your home for sale, the same is true when making your real estate videos. The center of attention should be the property, not the music or noise. Let the music add the layer that transports the viewer. 

Nov 10, 2022 07:19 PM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

If I ever began shooting videos I would definitely brush up on all of your blog posts before doing so!  When I shoot a video and watch it later I always hear myself making weird noises that I wished I didn't, haha.

Nov 11, 2022 05:25 AM
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573

Like cooking, you want certain ingredients in special combinations and levels Brian England ! Invest in a "dead cat" or muff to windshield your mic when you do begin shooting video for real estate again!

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Nov 11, 2022 07:22 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Nov 12, 2022 07:10 PM
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573

Thank you Kathy Streib !

Nov 13, 2022 05:35 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Andrew. Not into video but still enjoy reading your tips. May review a lot of your posts and dabble a little. Enjoy your day.

Nov 13, 2022 04:21 AM
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573

Start small and keep it simple works best Wayne Martin !

Nov 13, 2022 05:36 AM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Sounds in the background can be SOOO distracting. I've turned videos off when the person speaking cannot be heard over the background noise. That doesn't help anyone!

Nov 13, 2022 06:24 AM
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573

Plus you have to find work around filler to explain what happened to sound and the story about the property listing Kat Palmiotti !

Nov 13, 2022 07:37 AM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

PS - that dog photo is a hoot! Love it!

Nov 13, 2022 06:25 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Andrew - plenty of good information from you.  Sound is a big deal and good sound quality without distractions makes a difference.  Thanks for showing us this.

Nov 13, 2022 06:31 AM
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573

You are welcome Grant Schneider !

Nov 13, 2022 07:38 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Andrew and thank you for great information to share with us here in the Rain. I agree with Kat the dog picture is a hoot.   Make it a great Sunday!

Nov 13, 2022 08:19 AM
Leanne Smith
Dirt Road Real Estate - Golden Valley, AZ
The Grit and Gratitude Agent

Congratulations on the feature and some common sense suggestions.

Nov 13, 2022 09:00 AM
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Realty ONE Group Advocates 484-237-2055 - Downingtown, PA
Selling the Main Line & Chester County

I remember I had decided to do a video on a nearby development when I first started.  No sooner did I get the video camera set up that a guy turns up and decides to wash and wax his car whilst he has music playing loudly in the parking lot I had decided to use. I waited and waited and then decided to try another day. As soon as i folded everything up, He stopped, jumped in his car and drove off. So, I did get what I wanted, but it just took some time. All fun in the work of a Realtor.

Nov 13, 2022 09:24 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Andrew,

You have shared a lot of great tips.  There are so many great Bluetooth microphone options today that were not available just a few years ago.  Most people don't realize everything that goes into a photo/video/drone shoot.  This will help them understand.

Nov 13, 2022 09:26 AM
Emily Medvec
eXp Realty LLC - Santa Fe, NM
Broker | Realtor | Serving Santa Fe & Northern NM

Whew! Truly exceptional how to and how not to create real estate vids. Your post goes beyond information as you tell a story too about how important our audience is in what we do to reach them. Your post reminded me of my advertising days as a creative director. I was blessed to have a crew to make my vision happen. Without a crew, I am challenged HOWEVER, your post is an inspiration to just do it! With gratitude, Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573 thank you.

Nov 14, 2022 06:28 AM
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573

Thank you Emily Medvec ! Think customer, think audience. What would you want and need if out in the audience. Talk to that person as if only one and make it helpful, personal.

Nov 14, 2022 10:46 AM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Gret information on taking productive videos, especially for those of us that want to get back into that game

Nov 14, 2022 09:01 AM
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573

We all help each other @edsilva !

Nov 14, 2022 10:47 AM