Thursday, October 30, 2008

Super Huge Thank You!!

I just wanted to say "Thank You!!!" to the homeowners at our 241 Duval virtual tour shoot this week. They have been extremely kind and complimentary regarding the virtual tour we photographed for them earlier this week. Their kind words have really made our day and we just wanted to say thanks.

If you are looking for a home in the Benton area with a country living atmosphere close to the city, you may want to check this one out. Just minutes from Bossier City and Shreveport, it is on 1.75 acres and the home is beautiful. The tour can be see here. Thier real estate agent's contact information along with an email link is available on the tour window.

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Thanks again to the homeowners! We wish them the best in their future endeavors.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Preparing Your Home for a Virtual Tour

A virtual tour of your home can be a powerful internet marketing tool. It will allow home shoppers all over Shreveport/Bossier City and the internet to view your property. Potential buyers can “prescreen” your home prior to visiting in person, thereby helping you to sale your home with less stress and disruption. Here are some tips to get the most from your virtual home tour.

Tip 1: Tidy up. Think of your virtual tour as an Open House 24/7. Prepare your home as if you are having an open house. As you prepare, go through each room tidying up. Items on countertops such as the basket of mail in the kitchen or the toiletries on the bathroom counter should be removed. Tables and counters will show best with just a few tastefully selected items. Pick up and put away children’s toys, clothes, dishes, items on the floors and furniture. All this can appear to be clutter in the camera. Don’t forget to check for burnt out light bulbs which can really stand out in a photograph.

Tip 2: Please do not have other workers such as housekeeping, lawn crews, or repairmen at the home during this time. If you desire to have housekeeping or lawn work done ahead of time, your virtual tour company will be glad to work with you on the best possible time to photograph your home.

Tip 3: Some pets love to pose for the camera! But others are uncomfortable with equipment or strangers. Please plan ahead for your pets.

Tip 4: What’s on your fridge? The family photos and artwork on the refrigerator are fun to look at, however, it can often appear as clutter to the camera. Please plan to remove these items before your virtual tour. A clean front on the refrigerator always shows best in photographs.

Tip 5: If you have begun packing, remove the boxes to an area which will not be photographed. Items stacked in the corner or tucked under the bed can show in the photos and this will keep your home from looking its best.

Tip 6: Outside move summertime items such as bikes, skates and pool toys to a storage area. Plan to have the lawn mowed and edged. If summer heat has caused the grass to turn brown, try to water a couple of days in advance to give it a fresh look. Trim hedges and sweep walks and driveways to give a manicured and inviting appearance. Add a few flowering plants for extra curb appeal!

Tip 7: Finally, don’t forget the pool. A sparkling, clear pool can inspire thoughts of summer fun and relaxation, even in the “off” season. However, green murky water can leave an impression too. Make sure your pool is an inviting asset to your home.

A professionally photographed virtual tour is an open house 24/7. It should show your home to lots of potential buyers and bring serious buyers to your doorstep. For more information about virtual tour solutions to help sell your home contact your local virtual tour company.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Choosing a Virtual Tour Company

With new virtual tour companies popping up on an almost daily basis, how do you choose the one that is right for you? There are several things to consider when choosing a virtual tour provider. A critical point to remember here is that the product you place on the Internet to market yourself reflects on you as a professional and on the quality of service that you provide. So make sure whatever you choose, that it is something you are proud to put your name on.

First, you will need to consider if you want a "do-it-yourself" company or a full service virtual tour provider. Don't be driven by price alone here. The quality of the product and the required time investment are important considerations. If your photography skills leave something to be desired, you may want to consider a professional. Also, consider if you have the time available to photograph, build, upload, and maintain the tour. If you discover that your time investment requires more dollars than it would take to hire a professional, then hire the professional. Your time is worth money and should be invested in those activities that generate income such as taking a new listing or attending a closing.

Second, consider the features offered in the product. Does it meet all your marketing needs? Can your virtual tour solution be expanded to meet any future needs? And is there support for the product if you have questions or problems? Investing in virtual tours that you can't utilize and can't get help with means that they are stuck in your computer, not out there doing the job they are intended to do.

Research companies by looking at active samples of their work done for real clients. Ask questions, and get answers so that you can choose a virtual tour solution that meets your marketing needs.