5 tips to prepare your home for a virtual viewing
Make sure the cameraman captures your home from its best angle – here’s how to prep for the brave new world of online viewings.
Virtual viewings became a big thing during the COVID-19 pandemic.
They’re really simple to set up and attend. First, a photographer takes 3D photos inside your home. Then, an estate agent guides prospective buyers around the 3D model online or through virtual reality.
Only if the buyer likes the look of the house will they then arrange to visit in person. So, you’ll have fewer people visiting your home, but the ones that do will usually be much more interested.
And now that buyers and sellers have discovered how handy virtual viewings can be, it looks like they’re going to stick around.
What are the benefits of virtual viewings?
The good thing about virtual viewings is that, rather than cleaning your house every time you have a viewer coming over, you only need to prep once.
Better yet, because the viewings take place online, you won’t need to go through the hassle of vacating the property every time a potential buyer pops round.
So, as long as you get the presentation right first time, you’ll always show off your home in the best light – and you could potentially reach dozens more buyers than you would normally.
How to get your home looking its best
- Get rid of anything distracting
Do you have questionable taste in art? Provocative books on the coffee table? Furniture that makes a really bold statement? Maybe it would best to stick those things somewhere out of sight, at least while the photographer does their thing.
Let’s face it – the last thing you want is a potential buyer coming away thinking more about your quirky kitchenware than the space itself.
- Make sure to change all the lightbulbs
If ever there was a time to replace that one lightbulb in the kitchen that’s been out for several weeks, it’s now.
As any photographer will tell you, the more light you have the better. And while your photographer will be bringing plenty of high-tech gear with them on the day, one thing they won’t be packing is a set of spare lightbulbs!
Make sure to replace all the blown bulbs in your home, including in easy-to-forget places – under the kitchen cupboards, inside the utility space – and make sure all of your lamps are working too.
It may also help to think about making your lighting as consistent as possible – you don’t want one half of the room to be really bright while the other half is bathed in mellow mood lighting.
- Get those surfaces sparkling!
And we mean every surface.
Because there’s nothing worse than dull, lifeless surfaces – they can trap light and make your home look smaller.
So, polish those tables, scrub those toilets and sponge down those kitchen worktops – then give the whole house a thorough hoovering and dusting.
And don’t forget to do your windows, mirrors and shower screen too.
- Clear your space of clutter
When they can only see your home in virtual reality, your viewers may not get an accurate sense of space.
Therefore, any bits and bobs could make the space feel much smaller than it is in real life.
Try to move everything except for big pieces of furniture out of the key spaces in your home. Put it all in cupboards, or move it to the garage if you have one.
Things to look out for include bins, power cords, the coat stand, blankets, anything littering the kitchen counters and – although we hope this goes without saying – clothes and shoes left strewn about on the floor.
Remember, it’s only for a day – you can move it all right back in after the photographer has gone!
- Make sure to leave plenty of clearance
Your photographer will use a special 3D camera which is mounted on a tripod.
It’s quite big and difficult to lug around, so the easier you can make it for your photographer to set up in hard-to-reach spaces, the more they’ll be able to photograph.
And the more they can photograph, the more of your space you’ll have to show off!
Consider, for instance, whether there’s enough space by the side of your bed, inside your pantry, in alcoves and tricky corners – maybe even in the loft and on balconies if you have them.
And the final bit of advice…
… is to listen carefully to your photographer and try to do as they ask. They’re the expert, which means they’ll know exactly how to bring your home to life in virtual reality.
Good luck setting up for your virtual viewing, and happy (online) house selling.