What You Need to Know About Virtual Home Tours

A real estate agent does a virtual home tour

The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has changed many aspects of our lives. It has undoubtedly changed the way we buy and sell homes. Virtual home tours have become much more popular since the start of the pandemic, and we think their popularity will be sticking around indefinitely. Virtual home tours can give potential buyers a perspective on the layout and flow that can’t be portrayed in still photos. If you plan to put your home on the market, check below to find everything you need to know about using a virtual home tour to get your home in front of more eyes.

  • Before scheduling someone to film your virtual home tour, it is crucial to set the stage. To prevent potential buyers from getting distracted, you should remove all personal memorabilia, such as family photos, collections, hobby items, and personal hygiene items. Your goal is to help prospective buyers visualize the space as their own. Virtual home tours give a 360-degree view which means clutter can’t be hidden in one corner of the room like in still photos, so all the clutter has to go. Clutter also makes rooms look smaller and distracts buyers from seeing the beauty of the space. Make your home look more prominent and more desirable by editing down to just the basics. A perfect amount of furniture and items left on display will give viewers a grasp of how particular objects can fit into the space without creating too much of a lived-in look.
  • Create your virtual tour exactly how you would move through the home, beginning at the front door. This means you need to spruce up your curb appeal as this is your chance to make sure that the first impression is good. As the tour moves through the home, be sure to include every aspect for the viewers. Potential buyers want to see it all in a virtual home tour. Be prepared to show inside closets, storage areas, and cabinets. It is best to show every nook and cranny in the video.
  • Lighting is everything. Open the curtains and let the natural light illuminate your home. Compare footage taken at different times of the day to determine when your home looks its best. You can also layer in some additional light by turning on lamps and accent lights to cast a cozy vibe.
  • Highlight the best features of your home. Think about your favorite features or what attracted you to your home in the first place. Was it the beautiful view, the modern kitchen, the spacious outdoor area, or the custom-designed master bedroom closet? Whatever it was will probably be of great interest to potential buyers. So give extra time and attention to these areas during the tour.

It may prove helpful to store excess items off-site to give the illusion of space in your home before filming a virtual home tour. We can deliver all-steel, weatherproof storage containers to you for all your storage needs. If you want a simple way to store your stuff, look no further than Zippy Shell.

Why Storing your Stuff will Help Sell your Home

Clutter is one of the worst things to have in a home that you are trying to sell. Zippy Shell can help safely store your stuff until your home is sold. We’ll deliver a storage container directly to your door, then store it in our climate controlled facility. Once you are ready to move into your new home, we’ll deliver it back to you at your new address.
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The 10 Most Profitable Home Improvements of 2017

Don’t just update your home for the sake of updating. It’s important to make informed decisions about which updates you should make. Not every renovation on your home will help build equity. For example, converting two smaller bedrooms into one larger bedroom will lower the value of your home. Something that you really want in your home might end up being the opposite of what someone else really wants in their home. So, if you are planning to do some renovating in 2017, what should you invest in?
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How to Give 30 Days Notice to Your Current Landlord

Figuring out the best ways to give 30 days’ notice to your landlord can be difficult. It is considered to be a topic that many people deal with but not too many people discuss often. Everyone has to tell their landlord at some point that they will be moving out and we are here to provide a few steps on the best ways to let your landlord know you will be leaving!
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The Most Profitable Home Improvements of 2016

Not everything you update in your home will actually increase the value of it. For example, converting your garage into a second family room can detract from your home’s value because it doesn’t appeal to all buyers. Something that you really want in your home might end up being the opposite of what someone else really wants in their home. So, if you are planning to do some renovating in 2016, what should you invest in?
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Renting vs Buying a Home, What is the Right Option for you?

On the fence about whether or not it’s time for you to buy your first home? After some time, paying rent can start to feel one sided. You give a substantial amount of your income a month to your landlord, but don’t get any of the financial benefits that come with owning your own home. Are you ready to buy your first home? Can you even afford it?
There are pros and cons to both renting and buying, so really it comes down to finding the right option for you. To help you make the decision, here are Zippylife’s list of the pros for renting and buying.
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