Are virtual tours are changing the way people view properties?
Over the last ten years, technology has opened up a new realm of opportunities especially when it comes to buying clothes, ordering food, booking a holiday and even managing money.
Advances in technology has also helped the property sector reach a whole new wave of prospective buyers and renters, with big portals like Zoopla and RightMove opening up the way people search for somewhere to live.
This technology has also allowed people considering off plan homes to get a better picture of the property they are buying, allowing them to go on virtual tours of their prospective purchase. Buyers can often view their would-be property at day or night or event with different furnishings.
For those lucky people buying a holiday home overseas, technology has breached the gap between flying abroad to view their property before they buy it. For those already set on a location, virtual tours have helped them to save thousands of pounds in travel costs.
Drones have also helped to provide people with a better picture of what they are buying. For those buying in an apartment block, drone footage of the view from the apartment has helped many people select a unit to purchase.
These advances in technology has also helped renters select somewhere to live. It has proven particularly helpful for overseas students who need to find somewhere to live when they attend university in the UK.
One student property management company, Opto Living, has recently released a virtual tour of its student accommodation in Bedfordshire Luton.
Opto Living provides private accommodation in Luton for University of Bedfordshire students. For those looking for rooms to rent in Luton for students, the 3D virtual tour allows students to inspect the accommodation before they rent a room.
This virtual tour of student rooms to rent has been very beneficial to overseas students who often have not visited the university before they start their course.
It also allows their parents to get a clear picture of where their child will be living when they attend university.
For now, virtual tours appear to be the new trend in the property industry, allowing people to get a in-depth picture of the house in question without going outside.