Virtual home tours have spiked in popularity as both buyers and sellers have tried to minimize possible exposure to COVID-19. Whether it is a professionally photographed 3D tour or a live walk-through by an agent, thorough virtual tours can showcase more of the house than traditional listing photos.
Use this checklist to get your home ready for a top-notch tour.
- Completely declutter. In live tours or 360-degree photos, messes cannot be easily hidden. Stand in multiple spots in each room and look for clutter that needs to be packed away.
- Make Surfaces Sparkle. Polish all countertops and stainless steel to make them shine on camera.
- Clean all glass. Clean windows, mirrors, storm doors, and patio sliding doors with glass cleaner or a 1:1 mixture of water and vinegar in a spray bottle. Wipe with a microfiber cloth for a streak -free clean. My family really likes the NORWEX window cloth.
- Organize closets. In-depth virtual tours need to highlight every nook and cranny of the house, so make sure bedroom and linen closets are well organized. Consider packing up half of your clothes and linens in or to give the appearance of ample space. The same applies for the nonperishable food items in the kitchen pantry.
- Dust thoroughly. High-quality photos and videos are unforgiving in revealing dust. Do your best to wipe down even the most inconspicuous surfaces.
- Minimize furniture. You want rooms to appear spacious and for there to be an easy walking path for video recording. Consider removing an extra accent chair or side table to open up the space.
- Pack up personal items. Put away family photos, valuables, and any other personal items. This will allow buyers to envision themselves at home in your space. Plus, you may not feel comfortable with your photos and belongings being broadcast to a wide virtual audience.
- Consistent lighting. The color of lighting is amplified in professional photos and videos. Take time to change all the light bulbs in each room to a consistent warmth and wattage.