Staging your Home for a Virtual Tour

December 13, 2011 - Updated: December 13, 2011

Selling your home has changed substantially over the past decade. The internet has changed not only the real estate market but also how people buy and sell homes.

More and more people are turning to the internet as the primary means to look for homes. While many people still rely on traditional real estate methods such as listing their home and open houses, they are also using new technologies to help sell their home.

In additional to posting photos of your home online, many people are now using virtual tours. A virtual tour shows buyers a 360-degree view of the interior of a home. Buyers can get a better sense of what a home looks like without having to actually go see the home.

This is a great benefit for buyers that are looking to buy a home from a remote location. Buyers can narrow their home search conveniently from their personal computer before going in person to see a home.

With a new approach to selling your home, homeowners have to take a new approach to staging their home and preparing it for potential buyers. Potential buyers sort through hundreds of photos and now virtual tours add another element to the process. Therefore, it is important to understand how your home looks in photos online.

Tips for staging your home for a virtual tour

Staging your home is very similar to preparing for an open house. You want to have your home looking its best and in prime condition. Follow these tips and you will definitely garner some interned for buyers once they take the virtual tour of your home:

  1. Get rid of clutter: Nothing will prevent people from coming to see your home more than removing excess stuff in your home. Donate anything you don't want.
  2. Have proper lighting: Lighting will impact the quality of images you post online. Make sure your lighting is right so people can get a clear view of your home.
  3. Focus on quality: High quality digital photos are a must. Use a digital camera to take your photos and set up your virtual tour
  4. Highlight main selling features: Don't waste photos on things that will not help sell your home. For on taking photos of rooms and items that buyers are looking for in a home.
  5. Have a unique perspective: Try and take photos from a unique point of view. Avoid cookie cutter photos. Spice things up and get buyers excited to come and see your home.


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