Real Estate Tip of the Week: Virtually Staging Homes
COVID brought the uptick of showing homes virtually – and even with vaccines rolling around, the real estate industry is pretty sure the whole “virtual” thing isn’t going away anytime soon.
Virtual is convenient, easy, and quick, which makes sense why consumers would like this change!
If you’re showing a home virtually, it’s important that you still stage it properly. But staging for a cell phone screen viewing might be a bit different than showing the home in person. Check out some of our tips on how to stage your home for the screen.
Obviously, you’ll want to be sure to clean up your space. Put away any loose magazines, books, toys, etc. It’s also probably a good idea to remove any personal items in the homes (pictures) – you’ll want to leave your home clean and organized, so the potential buyer can vision themselves living there.
If you’re doing a “live” walkthrough, it’s important that you actually walk through your house and see how the layout works. While your current layout might work for you, it might not transfer well on camera. Be sure to move any ottomans or coffee tables that might hinder walking easily from room to room.
Set Things Up
Make sure you turn on all the lights and open all of the doors.
Plan your photo montage or (live) video by starting at the front entrance of your home (make sure to also pan around to show the street), the first floor, upper floors, and end with showcasing the backyard.
Make sure you describe each photo or narrate as you create the video. I.e.: “This is the front door entrance,” “You are now looking at the living room space which opens up to the kitchen in the back,” etc.
If you’re working with a real estate agent, make sure you work with them to showcase your home in the best light!
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