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How to Prepare Your Home For Virtual Tours and Showings

By: Katie Conroy


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How to Prepare Your Home For Virtual Tours and Showings

It’s common knowledge and mostly common sense that if you want to succeed at something, then preparation is king. This is particularly true when you’re selling your home. At any given time, the real estate market is saturated with properties—many of them, prime ones—waiting for buyers. To be able to sell your home, you need to be able to compete and stand out from the crowd, especially with the implications and limitations of the recession.

Thankfully, there are plenty of preparative measures you can take to make your property a truly attractive one for potential buyers. These will range from simple DIY home improvements to full-on home renovations. The objective is to offer value on top of aesthetics, plus ensure that all these translate beautifully on screen, as well as in person, for that crucial first impression. So without further ado, let’s explore the steps you can take.

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Start your prep work outside.

Again, first impressions last. As COVID-19 continues to linger, potential buyers’ first—and possibly only—sight of your home is through a screen. This truly makes it crucial to pay close attention as you show your property through the lens of a camera. The key is to make their viewing experience as realistic as possible, while also ensuring that your home shines in the best possible light.

With this in mind, it’s a good idea to start your video showing outside in order to make it a more immersive experience for buyers—as if they’re pulling up to your front door, so to speak. Needless to say, even when you’re only showing your property online, it’s definitely a must to boost your home’s curb appeal. Thankfully, this is a simple home improvement you can do on a budget and yes, even by yourself. Start by addressing your landscaping: tackle your lawn, pull weeds, and add flowers for color. You can also work on improving your home’s facade by painting your front door or even just installing a new mailbox or house numbers.

Elevate your indoor preparations.

During any home tour, much of the magic happens inside. The fact is, potential buyers often go into a showing with a preconceived idea of what they want in a home, so it’s smart to do your research and learn about the features most home buyers want, as well as those that can potentially add value to your property. This way, you know where to concentrate your efforts and resources as you make improvements to your home.

Of course, if you really want to attract the right buyers, you can kick your preparations up a notch by bringing in an interior designer to stage it and highlight the functionality and beauty of your space. Consider looking through online job boards for freelance interior designers with the experience to do exactly that. Do make sure, however, to choose a designer who is open to making COVID-19 precautions.

Get your home camera-ready.

Finally, it’s time to get your home ready for its closeup. Know that showing your home virtually can potentially highlight details that may be missed in person, so it’s important to put the finishing touches on your property before taking videos and photos. Aside from staging, prepping your home for the camera should include deep cleaning the spaces you’re showing, making necessary repairs, and, again, sprucing up the outdoors. This is, by and large, necessary as you certainly want to put your home’s best foot forward.

Suffice it to say, prepping your home for sale in the age of COVID-19 isn’t really that different from doing so during normal times. However, you do need to look into the finer details as you get it ready for the camera’s discerning eye, so potential buyers are able to truly see its potential and virtues. Other than that, you just need to sit back, relax, and watch the offers roll in!


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