In a post-COVID world, more people are choosing social distancing as a way of life. Which means that a lot of decisions around the real estate — whether it’s rental or purchase decisions— are being moved online. Which means that the shortlisting process has become a lot more rigorous and prospective customers are only taking a physical tour of the properties that they are really interested in. In this scenario, virtual staging becomes a really appealing option.
What is virtual staging
Virtual staging is a process by which graphic designers do the interior decor of a property. They work by visualizing the aesthetics that need to be projected and creating decor, furniture, and fixture based on this aesthetic. As a result, when a property is displayed online, it’s not shown as a set of empty rooms but as what it would look like when it’s actually being used.
Benefits of virtual staging
Here’s how virtual staging for real estate can increase the chances of your property making it to that coveted shortlist:
Enhances the visual appeal
You’re not really selling a property, you’re selling a lifestyle. So empty rooms that leave much to the imagination don’t really work as well as a property that showcases exactly what it will look like when it’s being used. In a world where prospective customers are going through hundreds if not thousands of listings, this is one of the best ways of making sure you stand out.
If you were to actually dress an entire property to take pictures, it would become prohibitively costly. You would have to spend lots of money in buying (or moving) furniture, fixtures, and dozens of other items. You can save thousands of dollars in the long run by investing in a virtual staging software that will allow you to create a beautiful visual spectacle for all your properties, both residential and commercial.
Imagine physically dressing every room for photographs. Moving furniture, setting it up till it looks just right, and then adding various decor pieces to enhance the aesthetic appeal. Going through all this trouble could easily take up an entire day if not more. Whereas with virtual staging, the software does the job for you.
Emphasize some parts of the property
Want to highlight the pool area? Or really showcase the island kitchen? Having a virtual staging tool at your fingertips means you can use virtual staging images to focus on those parts of the property that really stand out. This will ensure that customers are immediately attracted to the property when browsing online.
Plus, you can also emphasize different parts of the property and customize the aesthetic based on your target audience. For instance, if millennials are your target audience, you might want to go with an aesthetic that feels more modern.
A better idea of dimensions
An empty room can often appear a lot smaller than it really is — it’s hard to understand the dimensions of a room without proper context. Having furniture and fixtures gives people a much better idea of the actual size and shape of the area and whether it could work for them.
The bottom line
Virtual staging is one of those marketing assets that has all three attributes— it has a great aesthetic, it’s relatively simple to execute and it’s also cost-effective. Which is why it’s one of the easiest ways for realtors to gain a competitive advantage in an increasingly virtual world.