One of the best tools you can have in your landlord toolbox is the virtual walkthrough. A virtual walkthrough, or virtual tour, is a 3D video tour of your property, designed to be viewed online. Compared to a basic video, this is more interactive since it gives the viewers the ability to see the rooms from different angles. When you offer virtual walkthroughs of your property, you open more possibilities to leasing clients at a distance. You also reduce the number of casual visitors whenever you advertise for new tenants.
A great virtual walkthrough of your Kalamazoo rental property is a result of a good quality virtual tour software program and good property preparation. By following a few simple steps, you can create a virtual walkthrough of your Kalamazoo rental that will make finding a new tenant easier and more efficient.
Stage Your Property
Although the process of filming your virtual walkthrough is relatively easy, you will still need to plan things out in advance. First of all, you must clean and stage the property like how you would for a professional photoshoot. Complete all repairs, painting, landscaping clean-up before doing the virtual walkthrough. Stage any items, furniture, or décor in the home for a personal touch. Move any visible clutter off-site until the filming is over. Just like a showing, you want your property to look its best!
Plan Your Tour
Next, you have to plan out how to film the virtual walkthrough of your Kalamazoo rental property. Filming the walkthrough takes more than just walking through the rooms. You must consider the angles, lighting, and viewpoints for each area. It would be helpful to use a diagram of your rental’s floor plan in this process. Another simple way to do it is to mark the floor with tape so you remember where to stand for the best vantage points in every room. Do a test filming with your camera or smartphone to see how height and lights may affect the final output.
Choose Virtual Tour Software
A good quality virtual tour app will most likely give you a good virtual walkthrough of your rental home. There are many different kinds of virtual tour software programs available, some of which offer free trials or discounted pricing. If you plan to make virtual walkthroughs for multiple properties, you might want to invest in a better quality or a more user-friendly app but many software programs you will find in this category will create an interactive, 3D film of your Kalamazoo property that you can then share with prospective tenants.
Shoot and Share!
Before shooting your virtual walkthrough, prepare the home by removing unnecessary items, turning on all the lights, and opening all of the doors and the blinds. It is best if no one else is in the home to minimize distractions. Then, following your plan, film your property. Get software or an app the lets you reshoot any blurry areas but try to keep the camera as steady as you can in each room. You will then have a virtual walkthrough that is ready to share with your prospective tenants in very little time.
Even when the process of creating a virtual walkthrough of your Kalamazoo rental properties is relatively simple, it will still take time and skill with the required technology. If that is something you do not seem to have, you can ask someone else to do it instead. One of the great things about hiring Real Property Management Investment Solutions is that we create virtual walkthroughs for you! Contact us today to find out more.
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