Tips for filming memorable exterior virtual tours
When preparing to take pictures or video for a 360 virtual tour, most people put a lot of time and effort into making sure everything inside their business or property is primed for the cameras. But what about the outside? First impressions count, and the exterior of your building should look its virtual best.
If your virtual tour shows that the outside and the grounds of your property or business are well-tended, viewers will know that you pay attention to detail—making them more likely to do business with you. Here are some tips on prepping your exterior for a virtual tour.
Do a walk-around
You may be familiar with your property, but when is the last time you truly looked at the exterior? Grab a notepad (or use a voice recorder or notes program on your phone) and take a walk all the way around the building. Keep your eyes peeled for problems like chipped or faded paint, unnoticed graffiti, cracked windows, damaged door or window frames, and any other problems, so you can get them repaired as soon as possible.
Give it a power wash
Dirt, grime, dust, and even salt residue from winters in temperate climates can build up on the exterior of your property or business. Power washing the exterior of your building, and the sidewalks, will remove this layer of gunk and leave your property shining. If you don’t own a power washer, you can rent one from an equipment rental company or hardware store. While you’re washing, don’t forget to clean all the windows—but don’t use a power washer for glass. Manually wash them with water and glass cleaner, and use a ladder or a squeegee with a telescoping handle to reach second-floor windows from the outside.
Scour the grounds
Waste and debris can gather on your property and escape your attention, unless you’re looking for it. Be sure to check any lawn space and landscaping elements for junk that needs to be tossed. You’ll also want to have fresh-cut grass and trimmed greenery just before you start recording your virtual tour.
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