If you are looking to find new tenants for your property, it is only wise to increase its appeal by presenting it through a virtual tour. So, we are here to help you make this possible with our guide on how to create a virtual tour for your rental property.
Depersonalize your home
The first step of trying to make a virtual tour of your rental property the right way belongs to depersonalization. Walking into a rental property can often feel like you are intruding into someone’s home. You do not want potential tenants to feel this way because this may turn them away from renting your property. In addition, there is a real possibility that they might not like the property simply because of the style of furniture and decorations you have put in. This makes it even more vital to pick out a neutral look for your rental. This way, even if it does seem a little bland, it will make it easier for potential tenants to imagine themselves living in the space. And you will minimize the chances of someone giving up on renting the space simply because they dislike the interior design.
Stage each room carefully
The next step, of course, is to make sure that each room is presented in the best possible light. To create elegant and well-put-together rooms, you want to organize the furniture and decorations you have carefully picked out. Naturally, this also means going through your rental property and ensuring there is nothing to fix or touch up. Note that it is crucial to perform at least some renovation if the need exists, which means that recognizing the differences between normal wear and tear vs. property damage is very important. The former can still be allowed if it is not excessive. However, if you want your property to appeal to the tenants on the lookout for a new home to rent, you must eliminate the latter
Mark out a planned route
You should already have a route in mind while staging your home. This can be as simple as what angle you want the room to be viewed from at the onset. After all, there are always flattering viewpoints and some which are best avoided. However, once the staging is done, you should finalize your route. You may even want to mark out places where you plan to pause and the ways you will be taking between those points. This should be done to maximize the effectiveness of your virtual tour, thus allowing you to show off each part of your rental property fully. For example, without much forethought, you might not be able to show off your efforts to create additional storage space in your home so your tenants can have room for everything. People love to know that they will have enough space for all the things they own. Make sure your camera catches all of the great storage areas in your home
Look into the right software
You do not precisely need professional recording and editing software. That can get very expensive very quickly. But, you do want to have a solid option that lets you do everything you need to. It would help if you had the software with at least basic functionality. And preferably, which allows you to do some editing if you need to delete or touch up parts of your recording. However, note that if you want to create a virtual tour for your rental property that feels seamless, you will likely want to avoid deleting chunks of your footage. Still, playing with the lighting and other options can enhance your results
Choose your ideal equipment
Again, to make a virtual tour for your rental home, you don’t need the best or the most expensive equipment. You need something serviceable. That isn’t to say that you can’t use top-tier tech. There is always the option of renting equipment for a day or two if you’re confident that you can get things done quickly. But you don’t want to risk the chance of not knowing how to properly use all the bells and whistles on the top-notch equipment. Some such devices require at least some know-how to handle properly. But, if you are switching your tenants often, as is frequently the case in college towns, or have recognized the signs it’s time to sell your rental property and buy a new one, then it can be helpful to have your own equipment for when you need a new virtual tour.
Get set up the right way
Note that you will need some experience with setting up your filming equipment. You will need a tripod, for example, since it will keep your camera level and stable throughout the recording. This will ensure that the virtual tour you make feels smooth and immersive. Similarly, the experts from USA Moving Reviews who have experience with frequent switching of homes point out that people are often turned away by virtual tours that do not have proper lighting, so you may want to get one or two backlights for your recording.
Find a good platform to share your tour
The final step in trying to make a virtual tour of your rental home is finding a way to get it to as wide an audience as you can. You can try and find a site that offers hosting services. You can publish the tour yourself on a social media platform. Or, you can find yourself the best possible property manager and leave them in charge of publicizing your virtual tour. If you opt for the latter choice, you will often get at least some advice on the best way to approach the process of creating a tour. So, it might be wise to consider the question of publishing your virtual tour before you start planning.
Now that you know how to create a virtual tour for your rental property, you can slowly work towards making one yourself. Remember to give each step of the process its due consideration and not rush through things!
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