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.

How to Find the Right Real Estate Agent in Charlotte, NC

Picking the right real estate agent for you is a big decision, and a very important one.  Finding someone who is best for you and will help you find your perfect home helps make the moving process a lot easier.  Use these tips when deciding who to hire as your agent.

Check their references

Contact previous customer’s of a real estate agent to get a firsthand description of how the real estate agent handled other people looking for a home.  Review online to see if they have any comments about their service as well.   

Find a real estate agent with credentials specified towards you

Real estate agents have specialties, given to them based on taking classes in a certain area of real estate sales. Examples of titles listed after an agent’s name include CRS, ABR, and SRES which all give an agent additional training and skill in the subject of real estate.

Check their experience level

Obviously the longer the agent has been in the real estate game, the more knowledge they will have about real estate. Someone with more experience has greater knowledge of how to match you with the perfect house.  If possible, do not settle for a new agent.

Check their availability

Find out how many customer’s they are servicing.  Make sure it is enough to show that they are talented and have experience, but not so many that they will not be able to devote a proper amount of time to you.

Ask about awards

Research if they have been awarded with any special professional awards or prizes.  The National Association of Realtors lists some of the highest rated real estate agents in the country.

Mirror their listings with your preferences

See what types of homes the real estate agent helped people sell or buy to help find a similar match to your home you are selling or buying.  Compare the prices of their listings with the type of home you are looking to sell or buy. 

After finding your perfect real estate agent and your perfect home, use Zippy Shell of the Greater Charlotte area to help move your items for you! https://www.zippyshell.com/locations/north-carolina/charlotte-storage