It’s a New Era. Virtual Tours are Essential for Real Estate Marketing
- Plan your route through the home. This step is often overlooked but can really save you time in the end and make for a better end-user experience.
- Make sure your lens is smudge-free. Small microfiber clothes cost less than $3 so there is no reason not to have one on you at all times.
- Tidy up each room. Make sure any unnecessary items are put away. You want the focus to be on the house, not the kid’s toys or a pair of slippers.
- Turn on all lights. Even in the daytime.
- Turn off fans, TVs, and any moving objects. The last thing you want is blurred objects in your images.
- Open all interior doors. This creates a visual flow and opens up the space for someone looking at photos or virtual tours online.
- Start your tour from outside the front door. Last time we checked, most people enter a home through the front door so this is a good place to start.
- An iPhone or Android Phone
- A tripod
- A Ricoh Theta V
- The Ricoh Theta app
- A computer
- Adobe Photoshop
- Adobe Lightroom (optional)
3. Prior to taking the picture, go into the settings on the Ricoh Theta V app and set the timer for at least 6 seconds. You do not want to be in the photo. This should give you enough time to get close to the camera to trigger it via the app and leave the room. Make sure no one else is in the room either.