How to continue your home search while practicing “social distancing”.
The coronavirus has given us all a stark new reality, for a while, at least. And while we’re all hunkered down working from home and avoiding any unnecessary errands/travel, what do you do if you need to buy a home in the near future?
Search for homes with virtual tours.
Not just any virtual tour, however. Many of the tours you’ll see online are simply slide shows of still photos, with a zooming and panning effect applied. Some tours, however, are more immersive in nature, providing a 360º view of rooms in the home, as well as “hot spots” you can click on to take you to the next room…a great way to get a feel for the flow of a home.
Here’s an example from our current listing in Addison Park at Nocatee Town Center:
You can also find some listings with virtual tours created with a Matterport camera. The Matterport camera provides a similar 360º view of each room in the home, as well as a bird’s eye view of the floor plan.
Of course, you’ll eventually need to visit any homes on your short list in person. But for now, a true virtual tour can help you determine which homes should be on your short list, and which ones just won’t meet your needs.
How do you find homes with virtual tours? The video below shows how you can use our search function to find only those listings with virtual tours available:
Lastly, you can always ask your agent if they’d be willing to take you on a virtual walk through of a home using FaceTime or Google Hangouts. It’s something we’ve done with customers several times, though we always like to get permission from the seller/seller’s agent first.
Let us know if we can help you find a new home, virtually, in person or however you feel most comfortable.