With an increase in virtual tours of homes, many sellers may be wondering how to prepare their homes for a virtual showing. A virtual tour can vary from a pre-recorded video walkthrough of the home to a live walkthrough with an agent using apps such as FaceTime to a sophisticated 3D rendering of the home such as Matterport. Regardless of what type of virtual tour you are preparing your home for, the prep is very similar to what you would do for a still-photo shoot or in-person showing. We have listed the top tips for preparing your home for a virtual tour below.
Keeping your home decluttered is important for creating a peaceful space. When your home is on the market, it is even more important to keep tables and counters clutter-free. Cleared tables, counters, and walls provide a nice, clean appearance that makes it easier for potential buyers to envision themselves living in the home.
Boost Curb Appeal
Eye-catching curb appeal catches people’s attention. Boosting curb appeal by doing things, such as improving landscaping can make a big difference in the interest received when selling your home. Since, even in virtual showings, the outside of the home will be the first thing viewed, you want to ensure it looks its best. If viewers are unimpressed by the exterior, they may “zone out” for the interior tour. While boosting curb appeal is something you want to do before listing your home and any listing photos are taken, it is essential to keep it maintained to ensure it shines at all showings.
Make any Glaring Repairs
While virtual showings often mean a less thorough initial inspection by buyers, it is still important to make any repairs you are aware of throughout the home. Glaring repairs, such as damaged walls or burnt out light bulbs, can quickly make buyers say,”NEXT!” Don’t let buyers move on to their next choice because of simple repairs. Make sure your home is in tip-top shape for all showings.
Let the Light Shine
Before the scheduled time for the virtual tour, you want to ensure all the lights are turned on in the home and any blinds and curtains are open. This increases the amount of light inside to best showcase the home, especially when a potential buyer is viewing the home through video where good lighting is key.
Don’t stress over virtual showings, follow the above tips when preparing your home for a showing. It is best to treat it as you would an in-person showing and think of it as a way to safely allow more potential buyers to see your home.
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