Wednesday, July 14, 2021 / by Laura Fitzgerald
Sealing the Deal with Virtual Home Tours
"Welcome to Idaho!"
You can hear the words dancing around your mind, taking pleasure in your arrival in your favorite spot. But first, you need to sell your home. You'd like to sell it fast, and the sale should be stress-free. We all know selling and moving can be overwhelming. But, unfortunately, these days, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it is more complicated than ever before. As a result, online staging has become crucial in selling your home. However, the good news is that there are ways to ease the process, making you feel like you've hardly moved a muscle:
The right real estate agent can seal the deal much faster.
Due to the pandemic, there has been an evolution of virtual home showings, which now occur on social media. Agents can host their virtual showings on various platforms, including Instagram, Periscope, and Facebook. Even before the COVID-19 breakout, several agents were leaning towards selling online because of the several benefits. Offering prospective buyers, the opportunity to view listings without having them take a step inside has the following benefits:
- virtual tours of the home
- forums to work through questions
- instant feedback
- no risk of property damage
Virtual listings are beneficial to prospective buyers, too, as they no longer have to spend time commuting to the listings. Instead, they get instant access to multiple photos and videos. Prospective buyers also have the freedom and convenience of saving homes that interest them and making comparisons with other listings.
The transition online has been so successful that virtual home tours have increased the rate at which brokers sell a property. Agents use 3 forms of virtual tours to be implemented in their digital house marketing strategies. These are:
- Virtual reality
- 3D floor plans
- 3D walks through the home or 360-degree virtual tours
If the price is right, the property sells.
Competitive pricing is essential in assuring you sell your home quickly. On the other hand, an overpriced home can be frustrating, spending much more time on the market. Sellers might get to the point where they are willing to accept a price under market value just to end the chapter. To get an accurate idea of the market value of your home, speak to your realtor.
To sell your home quickly, buyers need to be able to see themselves living in your home. That is very hard to do if the walls are covered with framed photos of Grandma and your second cousin, Bob, dancing at your wedding. The minute you've decided to move to Idaho, it is time to start depersonalizing. Similarly, it is not an attractive feature if the cupboards overflow with old Tupperware while people take a 3D walkthrough your kitchen. Declutter all excess things. You'll need to do that anyway once you are packing for the big move.
Curl appeal matters
First impressions last. That doesn't just apply to first dates but also to sell your home. If you hope to sell fast, making a good impression is essential. The home's exterior needs to grab prospective buyers' attention. There are a few ways to improve your home's curb appeal:
- A newly painted front door
- No spiderwebs or debris in the windows, eaves, and porches
- Clean windows
- No broken light fixtures and mailboxes
- Nicely manicured trees and lawn
Of course, it isn't possible to lure prospective buyers with plates of homemade cookies now that you are selling online, but there are other ways to hit the sweet spot. For example, you could offer to pay some or even all of the closing costs. A transferable home warranty is also something that will make a prospective buyer's mouth water.
Selling your home fast online can be easy as pie with all the resources and tools available today. Before you know it, you have sold your house, and you are on your way to your new home, sweet Idahome.