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Oct. 17, 2020

With Current Social Distancing Guidelines, How is Home Touring Made Possible?

Institutions may be experiencing shutdowns all over the country due to the current pandemic, but residential real estate is seeing no halt. As the home now doubles as an office space for many, individuals are fleeing chaotic cities in hopes of securing the right home fit in the suburbs.


With current social distancing guidelines however, how are home tours being conducted? Well, along with everything else, they are being done virtually of course.


How are virtual home tours made possible?


Virtual staging


Virtual staging has been utilized more than ever since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. It entails an entire house being staged by digitally adding furniture and décor to photos of a property, using 3D modeling software or applications such as Photoshop. The professional designers of these virtually staged photographs ensure that lighting and shading is done in a specific way, allowing for the additions to appear as lifelike as possible.

Virtual décor may be added to photographs of empty houses or houses full of furniture, and designers of the virtually staged photos may remove objects from the photo if they choose to do so.

This digital form of staging holds a host of benefits for buyers. It gives buyers an opportunity to visualize what a property could look like after renovations. Buyers can also gain inspiration from the digital décor in the photos, which offers them an inspiration blueprint on how to decorate the space if they purchase it. This holds great value, as perusing through furniture options can be a stressful process. In the end, virtual staging hands buyers a great idea of how they could possibly utilize a space, in the most beneficial way possible.

In some cases, virtual staging has led to confusion, where buyers purchase a property, and state they would like the virtual furniture to be included, without knowledge that the décor is digitally created.

3D Virtual Tours


Virtual walkthroughs have become an additional way of touring a property. 360-degree tours have always served as a tool for realtors to provide clients with a vision of properties and have become increasingly popular during COVID-19. 3D virtual tours combined with virtual staging techniques provides buyers with an experience that is similar to a real-life tour.


How do virtual tours work? Any individual skilled in photography takes 360-degree photos, followed by initiating the use of a 360-Degree Virtual Tour Software. The combination of these steps grants buyers a 3D interactive tour, with the option to jump from room to room.


Skype, Zoom, Facebook live


Zoom, Facebook Live and Facetime are additional tools real estate agents have utilized to maneuver around covid-19 social distancing protocols. Following calls via these applications, clients are typically provided with links to virtual tours of the home they are looking at, as well as links to future livestream open houses.

Future of home touring

In the event you are looking to purchase a home, you may now tour prospective purchases from the comfort of your own couch. As many changes surface during these turbulent times, virtual tours are a practice that the real estate industry will happily utilize for a majority of the foreseeable future.


If you are looking for a real estate agent, contact Open to Close Real Estate Group. We have immense experience in guiding clients through the ins and outs of the home buying process, with the sole aim of finding them the perfect fit home that fits their present and future circumstances. Contact us via our website, or give us a call: 608-975-5149.


















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July 31, 2017

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