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5 Tips for Better Video Tours: 03/25/2012

5 Tips for Better Video Tours

Secrets from a RentJuice whitepaper.

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Emily Williams Go to Profile Emily Williams
Published: 03/25/2012
Posted by: RET Staff

Last week, we worked with RentJuice to bring you some helpful hints for better real estate photos. This week, we’re bringing you 5 of their tips for video tours. Although RentJuice is the rental marketing expert, their tips are certainly helpful for those of us selling properties. For all of the tips, download their excellent whitepaper “The Essential Guide to Apartment Video Tours.”

1) Choose the right equipment.

First of all, Smartphones are not proper equipment for video tours. Just to make this absolutely clear, I’d like to reiterate: do not use your Smartphone to film your video tour. Instead, RentJuice recommends:

  • Choose a mid-level quality camera or higher.
  • Choose a camera with HD.
  • Choose a camera with built-in stabilization.
  • Use a wide-angle lens.
  • Use a microphone.
  • Use a tripod.

2) Stage your property.

Before you start filming your video tour, make sure the property is clean and tidy! This isn’t just removing a layer of dust or spills on the kitchen floor – it means organizing clutter. Although keeping furniture in a shot can help potential buyers/renters visualize themselves in the space, be sure that the furniture is tasteful, minimal, and strategically arranged.

3) Give a complete tour.

First, get in front of the camera yourself so that people know whose voice they’re hearing. Then, continue with proper “flow” - beginning with the exterior of the house and moving to the interior. Move through the house in an organized way, filming all of the major rooms. Give priority to major areas like the kitchen, dining room, living room and master bedroom.

In their whitepaper, RentJuice has several other excellent tips for filming your tour – including where to hold the camera when walking through a hallway. For full details, download the whitepaper.


Comments on: 5 Tips for Better Video Tours
by Emily Youngman 2012-03-26 12:49:35
I had a very helpful comment from John Hicks at the Richmond Association of REALTORS that I think I should share:

"One caution on the video tips. Most MLS's require a non-branded tour, which would mean the agent cannot appear in the video or be identified."

My thanks for John to pointing this out!

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