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Many people say they don't really feel like an adult until they buy their first home. It is a huge step. Rather than letting a landlord make all important repairs, you take on this responsibility yourself. You also get to build equity in the home over time, which can be a rather smart investment. At the same time, buying your first home can be a little intimidating. You may have questions about applying for a mortgage, setting a budget, and shopping efficiently. We hope to answer those questions with our helpful content. Your real estate agent is a good source of information, and so is this blog.


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6 Tips for Creating a Great Virtual House Tour

With the pandemic, more and more people are turning towards virtual house tours to purchase real estate. Virtual tours have become incredibly important to the housing market. It is not enough to take pictures of your home and put them up on your listing. You need to be able to offer a detailed property walkthrough virtually for prospective buyers.

Tip #1: Use High-Quality Equipment 

To create a virtual house tour, you are going to need to create a video. You are going to want to use high-quality equipment to record your home. You are not going to want to use your smartphone to make a video of your home. You will want to hire a professional who has professional video recording equipment to make your virtual house tour.

Tip #2: Time the Light

With a virtual house tour, it is important to have the right light. Generally, the best time to shoot a virtual house tour is in the middle of the day when a lot of light is coming into your property. However, the best time for shooting your virtual tour will depend on when the light hits your home. You want your home to be comfortable to see, but you don't want the images to look blown out with too much light.

To enjoy the best light, open up the curtains throughout your home. This will allow in more natural light. Turn on the lights inside your home.

Tip #3: Clean Things Up

Before your shoot, you're going to want to make sure that your house is clean. With a virtual house tour, the camera will move around 360 degrees in each room, so everything in the room will be captured. You are going to want to make sure that your home is nice and clean. Stand in each room, turn around and make sure that nothing is out of place.

Tip #4: Stage Your Home

You are going to want to stage your home. Get rid of any furniture or decorations that make a space feel cluttered. Remove excessive trinkets or personal items from each room for the video shoot. You want your area to feel open, clean, and inviting.

Tip #5: Be Aware of Mirrors

Be aware of mirrors when filming your virtual tour. You don't want to have the camera person reflected in the mirrors if you have lots of mirrors in a room, and it may be necessary to remove or cover the mirrors to avoid reflections. 

Tip #6: Show the Views

When creating your virtual tour, be sure to show off the views that your home provides. Make sure the camera person captures the views from each room. You should also ask the camera person to record the front and back of your home. You want to show people both inside and outside of your home with your virtual tour.

Custom virtual house tours are becoming increasingly crucial for home sales. You are going to want to hire a professional to create your virtual tour. Be sure to clean things up, stage your home, and show off the views in your virtual tour.