Ask an Expert: Richard Fossey. PART 2 - Producing the Ideal Virtual Viewing

Story posted: 04.04.20

Ask an Expert: Richard Fossey, Associate Director, St Albans Office

It’s actually pretty straight forward to film a virtual tour and we can even assist with the editing if you want to have a go yourself. If you head to our website, you’ll be able to see plenty of examples or what the Ashtons team, some owners and tenants have created already.

Here are some key pointers I would recommend:

  • Make sure the property is neat and tidy
  • When recording, make sure your camera is in landscape mode, keeping the camera straight.
  • Try and have the camera at eye level
  • Turn your lights on, close the windows and open all doors before you begin filming so that you can walk through undisturbed and keep the camera steady
  • If your property has its own private entrance then start the recording from the outside and walk inside. If it’s a block of apartments, it’s best to start the video from inside the property
  • All videos should include, if possible, at least, main reception rooms, kitchen, the main bedroom and any outside space you’ve got.
  • Don't forget to film any special features, like an ornate fireplace - to showcase a particular room or view from a window.
  • Only include the bathroom if there is enough space and you won’t see yourself in the mirror! Also make sure the toilet seat is down and the shower curtain is pulled back
  • You don’t need to film all of the rooms…pick the best ones!
  • It’s best to videos during the brightest time of the day
  • Make sure all blinds/curtains are open before recording 
  • If your filming for a buyer or tenants you won’t need to do a voice over, we will do this over the phone with the viewer, so it’s best to record in silent mode

As I mentioned, if you are completing this yourself, simply send your file across to us and we will professionally edit the video for you. Your video will then feature within your property listing on our website and will also be accessible on the other property portals, continuing to generating new buyer interest and enhanced engagement.

Just to add, given the rental market is moving so quickly and the lack of available properties right now, we've already agreed 5 Lets via virtual viewings, something we've never once done in the previous 30 years! 

There is a definite appetite for this - not only now, but moving forward when we are able to return to 'normality'. This is going to become a popular format for buyers and tenants to engage with us which is why you should get in touch with us now so we can get a head start and ensure your property stands out from others.

I hope this information has been useful for you and we look forward to assisting you with your next move. If you have any questions or would just like an update on the market and what we’re expecting for the coming months please do get in touch.


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