How to film a virtual property tour that will sell your house

Being in lockdown doesn’t mean your house sale has to stall. Many estate agencies are now offering virtual house tours as a great way to showcase your home to prospective buyers or even renters.With the high-quality cameras available on most modern smartphones, shooting your own home video walk-through or even conducting live video calls couldn’t be easier, says James Somers, head of residential lettings at UK Sotheby’s International Realty. Here he shares his expertise on home staging and filming a professional-looking house tour video to help you remotely show your home off at its best. 1. Remove all clutterThe golden rule of home staging: get rid of all the clutter in your home. Floors and surfaces should be clutter-free and organized. 2. Up the qualityCheck to see whether your phone’s video is set to the highest quality as a low-quality video will just frustrate the viewer. Remember, if someone is going to make an offer relying entirely on your video, they must be able to clearly see the content.3. Good lighting is essentialPull curtains right back from windows and blinds up as far as they’ll go to allow the maximum light to flood your rooms. Make sure you shoot your video or arrange your video call during daytime rather than evening, so that buyers can see the natural light your home gets, and the way it falls. For any darker rooms or spaces, turn on a light to help brighten them up. 4. Leave doors openThis is a great way for light to get into those more gloomy areas of the home. Also, keeping doors wide open means you can easily maneuver your way through your home and don’t have to worry about that creaky hinge interrupting you when filming.5. Make your bed look invitingIt might sound obvious but plump up pillows and cushions, and put a throw over the end of the bed for added coziness. The bedroom is a key room and it’s important to make it look stunning.6. Don’t ignore the outside areasA true house tour starts with a view from the street as “curb appeal” means a lot to people. If the property has a garden or balcony, make sure you show that from the outside and not simply through the window. This is a key asset and often comes at a premium for any prospective tenant or buyer, and should be emphasized in your video. 7. Map a route through your homePlan your path before you start filming so the video runs smoothly with no sudden changes of direction because you’ve missed something. Also shoot with the sound off so that the viewer can focus purely on the content and not on the narration. If there are any features you want to highlight, zoom in so the viewer can clearly see them.8. Don’t move too fast!It’s important you move slowly enough for the viewer to see everything clearly. Do a test run first and view the recording for yourself so you can see if there’s any areas where you’re moving too quickly or not showing something clearly enough.9. Positioning is everythingWhen scanning the room, it is important to do this from at least a couple of different positions in the room. It is advised the first point should be as you walk through the door to the room, and the next view should be from the opposite corner scanning from wall-to-wall and floor-to-ceiling to show the room in its entirety.10. Attention to detailMake sure you highlight and emphasize any unique or charming features of the property as this could be what sets your home apart from the rest. Whether it’s a stunning period fireplace, electric blinds, lighting features or your home media system, zoom in and share the love as these are great selling points.Assuming your video does its job and your prospective buyer is really interested in your home, they can request a live video call to ask questions about the property and have another look with more control over the direction of the filming. ‘This will usually be done with the agent included in the call so the owner can rely on them to help with any questions,’ says James. And if you’d prefer to make the video in sections rather than one long journey, your agent should be able to help you compile them into one film.

Being in lockdown doesn’t mean your house sale has to stall. Many estate agencies are now offering virtual house tours as a great way to showcase your home to prospective buyers or even renters.

With the high-quality cameras available on most modern smartphones, shooting your own home video walk-through or even conducting live video calls couldn’t be easier, says James Somers, head of residential lettings at UK Sotheby’s International Realty. Here he shares his expertise on home staging and filming a professional-looking house tour video to help you remotely show your home off at its best.

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1. Remove all clutter

The golden rule of home staging: get rid of all the clutter in your home. Floors and surfaces should be clutter-free and organized.

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2. Up the quality

Check to see whether your phone’s video is set to the highest quality as a low-quality video will just frustrate the viewer. Remember, if someone is going to make an offer relying entirely on your video, they must be able to clearly see the content.

3. Good lighting is essential

Pull curtains right back from windows and blinds up as far as they’ll go to allow the maximum light to flood your rooms. Make sure you shoot your video or arrange your video call during daytime rather than evening, so that buyers can see the natural light your home gets, and the way it falls. For any darker rooms or spaces, turn on a light to help brighten them up.

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Ripple Blue pleated blinds from the House Beautiful collection at Hillarys

4. Leave doors open

This is a great way for light to get into those more gloomy areas of the home. Also, keeping doors wide open means you can easily maneuver your way through your home and don’t have to worry about that creaky hinge interrupting you when filming.

5. Make your bed look inviting

It might sound obvious but plump up pillows and cushions, and put a throw over the end of the bed for added coziness. The bedroom is a key room and it’s important to make it look stunning.

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6. Don’t ignore the outside areas

A true house tour starts with a view from the street as “curb appeal” means a lot to people. If the property has a garden or balcony, make sure you show that from the outside and not simply through the window. This is a key asset and often comes at a premium for any prospective tenant or buyer, and should be emphasized in your video.

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Savannah White Modular Garden Lounge Set, Danetti

7. Map a route through your home

Plan your path before you start filming so the video runs smoothly with no sudden changes of direction because you’ve missed something. Also shoot with the sound off so that the viewer can focus purely on the content and not on the narration. If there are any features you want to highlight, zoom in so the viewer can clearly see them.

8. Don’t move too fast!

It’s important you move slowly enough for the viewer to see everything clearly. Do a test run first and view the recording for yourself so you can see if there’s any areas where you’re moving too quickly or not showing something clearly enough.

9. Positioning is everything

When scanning the room, it is important to do this from at least a couple of different positions in the room. It is advised the first point should be as you walk through the door to the room, and the next view should be from the opposite corner scanning from wall-to-wall and floor-to-ceiling to show the room in its entirety.

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10. Attention to detail

Make sure you highlight and emphasize any unique or charming features of the property as this could be what sets your home apart from the rest. Whether it’s a stunning period fireplace, electric blinds, lighting features or your home media system, zoom in and share the love as these are great selling points.

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Assuming your video does its job and your prospective buyer is really interested in your home, they can request a live video call to ask questions about the property and have another look with more control over the direction of the filming. ‘This will usually be done with the agent included in the call so the owner can rely on them to help with any questions,’ says James.

And if you’d prefer to make the video in sections rather than one long journey, your agent should be able to help you compile them into one film.