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How to Create a Virtual Walkthrough of Your Rental

St. Petersburg Renters Looking at Online Apartment ToursYour landlord toolbox must not lack the virtual walkthrough. This is one of the most important tools you should have. A virtual walkthrough, or virtual tour, is a 3D video tour of your property, designed to be viewed online. Unlike simple videos, this is more interactive as it lets the viewers take a look through the rooms at any angle. With virtual walkthroughs of your property, you can lease to clients at a distance as well as reduce the instances of casual visitors coming over when you start advertising for new tenants.

To create a great virtual walkthrough of your St. Petersburg rental property, you will need a good quality virtual tour software program and some property preparation, too. By following a few simple steps, you can create a virtual walkthrough of your St. Petersburg 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, you have to make the property look clean and well-staged. See to it that all repairs, painting, or landscaping clean-up have been done before you do the virtual walkthrough stage any items, furniture, or décor in the home for a personal touch. Remove all clutter and extra items off-site until filming is done. Just like a showing, you want your property to look its best!

Plan Your Tour

The next step to creating a virtual walkthrough of your St. Petersburg property is to plan out the “how” of filming your rental. Filming the walkthrough takes more than just walking through the rooms. The angles, lighting, and viewpoints for each area must all be taken into consideration. A diagram of your rental’s floor plan will be useful 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 must consider paying more for better quality or a more user-friendly app. But the majority of software programs that are in this category can create an interactive, 3D film of your St. Petersburg property that you can then share with prospective tenants.

Shoot and Share!

Before shooting the virtual walkthrough of your rental home, you must have moved all of the unnecessary items out of sight, turned on all the lights, and opened all of the doors and the blinds. Make sure nobody else is around so as to minimize distractions. Then, following your plan, film your property. Find an app or software that will let you re-shoot areas that have turned out blurry and keep your camera as steady as you can in every room. You will then have a virtual walkthrough that is ready to share with your prospective tenants in very little time.

Even as the process of creating the virtual walkthrough of your St. Petersburg properties seems simple, it still needs time and skill with the appropriate technology. If this does not look like something you could do, it would be best to have someone else do it for you. One of the great things about hiring Real Property Management TradeWinds is that we create virtual walkthroughs for you! Contact us today to find out more.

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