Virtual home tours and showings are more in demand nowadays. They give prospective home buyers an opportunity to view the property on their own time, reducing unnecessary contact and assisting them to avoid homes that they aren’t really interested in.
A much greater focus on virtual viewings can be a double-edged sword, nevertheless; still photos and walkthrough videos don’t always capture the heart of a property the way that being there in person can.
The right staging can go a long way toward fixing this issue. The principles of staging are a little different when planning for virtual visitors than they would be if you were prepping for an open house or other in-person tour, though. Here are a few items to bear in mind while staging your home for a virtual tour to help make sure that online home shoppers are suitably wowed from the property.
Start at the Door
When a potential buyer comes to a property for a tour or an open house, the first thing they’ll see is the door and front of the home. Start your virtual tour the same way. Touch up the paint on your door, make certain that any flowers or other decorations are well cared for, and clean up any openings that might be from the front yard.
Starting at the front provides a bit of familiarity and gives audiences the same first impression that they and their visitors will soon find out if they do decide to buy the house.
Accent With Art
For the most part, you want to eliminate as many personal effects as possible when staging a home so that potential home buyers can see the potential of the space as something they can make over. With virtual tours and online showings, though, this just comes across as bare walls.
You still ought to eliminate family photos and personal effects so that audiences don’t feel as though they’re peeking in on someone else’s life. Replace them with pieces of art or other things that break up the monotony of bare walls or vacant floors. A wall-mounted TV, modular fireplace or other accents can also work nicely for this purpose.
Cut the Clutter
Decluttering is important when showing a house. When viewing in person, potential buyers tend to forget if your home is still being dwelt.
But because things come across differently in still photos and video tours, clutter usually makes a home seem less appealing online. Even if you have to rearrange items between photos and move certain items off camera, do everything you can to provide a clean, clutter-free view of your home.
Use Positioning to Your Advantage
Angles are important when taking photos or making movies for internet showings. Showcase the space available in your home by placing tables or other large pieces of furniture in one corner of the shot, letting the photo show off how open the dining room is or how much area there really is in the living room.
You can also show off your favorite views from within the house by taking pictures from the same angle you would be sitting at, letting viewers see the home in the same ways that you enjoy.
Let Viewers in on the Secret
Do you have any hidden, vague or otherwise”secret” areas in your home? If so, make sure you incorporate them on your virtual staging plans. You may provide just a peek at a hidden closet or a special play-space on your flower garden, or you might choose to elaborate on the key and provide audiences a great view of what it has to offer.
Whatever way you do it, showing off the secrets in your home will help give it more personality and get potential buyers that considerably more interested.