With the technology available today, most homebuyers begin their initial search for a home online. If your home is on the market, this means that a buyer’s first impression of your home is likely made on a screen. A home video tour is a great way to give a stellar first impression to potential buyers especially considering that online videos will make up more than 82% of all consumer internet traffic by 2022, according to the National Association of Realtors. Follow these tips and tricks to prepare your home for a video tour that is sure to impress the most discerning buyer.
Create Wide Open Spaces. Since a video tour will show off every angle of your home, you’ll want your floor plan to appear as spacious as possible. Get advice from your agent and rearrange or put away furniture as needed to make sure each room looks open and inviting.
Do a Lighting Check. Shortly before your video tour is scheduled to be filmed, do a thorough check of your home’s lighting to ensure that there are no burned out or flickering bulbs. Bulbs that are different shades (think LED versus Edison bulbs) can create strange colors in videos and photos, so check for this as well. It’s wise to keep a few extra bulbs on hand for the day of the shoot, just in case!
Clear the Clutter. From the toaster on the kitchen counter to the collection of family photos on the fireplace mantel, you’ll want to clear every surface of your home prior to your video tour shoot. Surfaces that are crowded with objects can be distracting to potential buyers, whereas decluttered spaces help them envision their own belongings in your home.
Deep Clean. Preparing for a home video tour provides a great opportunity to deep clean your home. Clean windows inside and out, wipe mirrors and counters clean, wipe down baseboards, and check all furniture and pillows for stains. Also take this opportunity to take care of any home repairs including broken tile flooring, cracked grout or chipped paint.
Elevate Your Curb Appeal. The exterior of your home matters just as much as the interior. Plant fresh flowers and remove any dead plants from your landscaping, and be sure to complete any exterior repairs prior to the home tour video shoot. The day of, you’ll want to move vehicles and garbage cans out of sight.
Do a Final Walk-Through. The day your home video tour is scheduled to be filmed, do a final walk-through of your home to ensure it is shoot-ready. Stand in each room and slowly turn around, looking at each area of the room to make sure there is nothing that looks out of place or messy. Be sure to do a walk through outside as well.
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