Getting set up and ready for your interactive 360 virtual tour is very important when marketing properties online. Remember that a 360 virtual tour will filter out many home shoppers. Doing a great job on your yard and home cleanup will certainly pay off in the end.
Virtual Tour Preparedness Suggestions:
Spruce up your garden and lawn; trim shrubbery if necessary. Add some flowers.
Roll up your hoses, better yet- put them out of site.
Yard and patio should be neat; outdoor furniture should be in good shape.
Mow the lawn; make sure the driveway & entryway are free of clutter (toys, bikes, trash cans, etc.)
Winter – keep the sidewalks cleared of snow.
Remove clutter and tidy up the shelves.
Move excess furniture out of rooms. You want the space clean, open, and clutter-free (dog crates, tray tables, etc.).
Replace burnt out light bulbs, make sure they are all the same color- blue vs warm yellow. (the photographer will need light in most rooms).
Clean off kitchen counters; remove any clutter. Rule of thumb- just 2 appliances on the counter helps to cut down the clutter.
Make sure dirty/clean dishes are out of the sink & put away.
Empty the garbage can.
Remove pet food and water dishes.
Put essential items used daily in a small box that can be stored away.
Close toilet lid and empty the garbage.
Clean mirrors & glass surfaces.
Hang towels neatly from the towel bar.
Hide shampoo, conditioner, and soap bottles
Remove hanging bathrobes
Check the basics around the house (indoors & out). It takes just a minute to make sure the house is clutter-free and all is in order.
Turn on as many lights as you can when the photographer arrives.
Try not to be in the room the photographer is photographing as you may end up in the photo. It is actually best to treat the photo shoot like a showing and use this time to go to the library or get groceries.
The photographer cannot:
Clean or dust
Pick up/move clutter (toys, dirty dishes, dog toys, etc.)
The home MUST be ready for the photographer when he/she arrives. Upon arrival, our photographers can wait no longer than 5 minutes for additional home preparations. If a wait longer than this must happen we will have to move on to our next scheduled appointment and the virtual tour will be rescheduled. If this happens a rescheduling fee of $25.00 will apply.