If taking your photography to the next financial bracket sounds good to you, this blog is for you!
I know this is a crazy busy time for RE photographers. That is why this is the perfect time to delve into the new virtual home staging platform RTV has implemented.
In my market about 20% of my virtual tour shoots are for vacant homes. Another 10% are new homes models or specs. Another way to look at it is that there is potential to double my photography income 30% of the time. I shoot about 40 homes per month… so when I virtually stage a home, I stage an average of five pictures at $75 each. I can use an extra $375 on top of my photography fee.
I also like being the vehicle that helps home owners get their property sold faster! On the last RTV webinar we talked about how being a one-stop shop is a sure-fire way to grow your virtual tour business while helping others. RTV’s platform is filled with amazing property marketing services such as Virtual Home Staging designed to help you create customers for life while increasing your income.
So what is the best way to close the virtual staging sale? Agents know the key to showings is quality staging and MLS photos. As a photographer you will have either direct access to the broker or home owner. Most reputable agents have already done their best to coach sellers on staging while some provide minimal staging. Some sellers just don’t have the money for traditional staging, but still need quality marketing for their pictures.
So in a nutshell I always am prepared when shooting vacant homes. While I don’t shoot tethered as often as I used to, I will when shooting a vacant home so that I can hand my iPad to the seller or broker. They see the vacant rooms that I am shooting. So a bit into the shoot I will show them a listing with before and after pics that have been virtually staged. Then I remind them where it is syndicated to and that the cost is about 1/10 the cost of traditional staging.
Using this marketing approach with the larger iPad and showing them the difference in activity to the tour for a virtually staged home results in a closing ratio of over 50% for staging orders. Then it’s about 2 hours extra to stage the pictures ($200 per hour definitely fits in my pay scale).
So now that you know how easy it is to book virtual staging gigs, make sure you sign up to try it out here: https://stager.virtualhousestaging.com/#houses
Thank you for your time!
RTV Staging Team