There’s now a way to view a new home…from home!
Introducing virtual home tours, the biggest thing to hit the housing market since the recession in 2008. These tours allow you to get a Google Street View type experience of a prospective property, only it’s a little more seamless. In other words, instead of blurring forward over and over again by clicking, you can actually walk around the property using the arrow keys on your keyboard. You can stop, turn, linger–all the things you would normally do at an open house, only without all the annoying time constraints.
The experience is all thanks to a new $10,000 camera operated by Victoria-based company Proper Measure. It has nine lenses and is able to take a 360-degree scan of a room in just minutes. Not only does this provide an immersive, virtual experience, it also takes accurate measurements of the room and even accounts for wall thickness.
“Often times photos can’t really give [clients] the full perspective of the house,” Realtor Alex Burns said. “So what we found with the virtual tours is [clients] can actually walk through, they can stop, they can look around and make sure they see all the nooks and crannies of the home that you may not be able to see on a still image.”
While virtual tours are a great tool for those looking to buy a new home, it’s also useful for those looking to sell. Anyone can enlist Proper Measure’s service, and its prices are based on square footage. A 3,000 sq. ft. home, for example, would cost roughly $169 to scan.
Think you’re ready to try a virtual tour for yourself? You can find some right here.