As a real estate agent, you want all your listings to be as good as possible. You especially want the photos looking great and when it comes to a 3D scan of a listing, you want it looking supernaturally great.
Your client (the vendor) also wants their 3D tour to do the job for them, so here’s how they prepare for it.
They need to clean and declutter
We all know that real estate photos need to be as clean and crisp as they can be, with no clutter or busy piles of belongings in the way. The difference between a regular photo shoot and a 3D scan, however, is that nothing can hide…
You can shift piles of books, dog bowls, collections of glass animals and grandma so that they’re all behind the camera when it’s a photo shoot. With a 3D scan, there’s nowhere to go because the room is scanned and shot from all angles. When the rooms are tidied, the vendor needs to stand in each corner and the middle and do a 360 from all of these vantage points.
Anything that sticks out or draws too much attention to itself must be fixed.
Put personal items into storage
If the vendor doesn’t want potential buyers to see their embarrassing book collection or to gawp at family photos, then they’ll have to find a temporary home. The detail in 3D scans is pinpoint, so bear this in mind.
Make sure that the windows are clean
If windows are a bit grubby then they’ll make rooms look a bit darker and the grime will show up on the scan. Don’t stop at the windows, though, clean shower doors, TV screens, mirrors, fish tanks and photo frames too. If it’s meant to shine, make it even shinier.
Find and eliminate all dust
A 3D scan will pick up everything – the amazing detail on the mosaic in your shower, the fine grain on your granite kitchen counters… And the dust. Oh yes, the dust. Every single car hair, every dust bunny, every rogue spider web. They’ll be there, writ large, reducing your asking price.
Keep gadgets and accessories to a minimum
Remove dog bowls, counter-recycling bins, fridge magnets, kids’ artworks, coffee grinders and hand blenders. Anything that you routinely have to move out of the way when you’re cooking or that generates an unpleasant smell after a day or two does not stay in the picture.
Sort out your lightbulbs
Check all your lights and bulbs to make they all work and that they’re as bright as they can be. The more light you have on the proceedings, the better. This is especially so with a 3D scan – you don’t want dark patches and corners.