How to Prepare Your Property for a 3D Scan

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Modern technology lets home buyers get a feel for prospective properties without having to tour each home or commercial space that interests them in person. 3D scanning saves buyers and agents time and money while reducing the burden on the seller.

3D scanning is the best way to document the layout of a given space, whether it’s for insurance or for real estate purposes. 3D scans display the interior layout of a residential or business property.

This benefits buyers, who often want to be able to take a virtual tour of a facility before making the trip to see it in person. This also saves time and effort on the part of real estate agents by saving them from having to show properties to buyers who might not be interested.

When taken for home owner’s insurance or renter’s insurance, 3D scans provide documentation of the property and the resident’s belongings. Many insurance companies require photo or video proof of the state of a property and the items inside it before they will sign a policy. A 3D scan is the most efficient way to provide the footage required to receive full insurance coverage.

Preparing a Home for 3D Scanning: What Clients Need to Know

When you help your clients get ready for a 3D scan of their home, don’t get too deep into the technical side of things. Let your seller know that their job is just to get the space ready to be viewed.

It’s important to note that the 3D cameras will shoot from multiple points in each room, so make sure to remind sellers to clean up messes or objects they don’t want to be seen, even if they’re behind furniture or are otherwise typically hidden from view.

Getting a solid 3D scan online is one of the most effective ways to secure a buyer. Even a simple online viewing can help visitors feel welcomed into the home. But if the house looks cluttered or has too many personal objects sitting out, it will feel less inviting to the prospective buyer.

To make sure this doesn’t happen, you and the seller can conduct a home walk-through before the scan and ensure that only appropriate items are viewable in each room. You also want to ensure your client has thoroughly cleaned, swept, and dusted each room. The 360 degree cameras that are used during scans are powerful and can pick up small details like stains and dust.

Furniture, lamps, décor, and large items add to the atmosphere of the room and can stay, but you should clean up paraphernalia like magazines, remote controllers, cell phones, cords, and small movable objects. You should also remove any personal hygiene products—before you take the scan, make sure the seller stashes their soaps, shampoos and other products like razors in the cabinet.

The state of the kitchen is important, since many buyers will imagine themselves spending a lot of time there. Give special attention to your client’s kitchen before the scan. Items on the kitchen counter should be stored. It’s fine to leave out one or two small appliances, like a toaster or blender, but put away anything that takes up a lot of space. Make sure to remove items like magnets and drawings from the outside of the refrigerator as well.

The goal is to simplify the space as much as possible. Potential buyers want to imagine their decorations and furniture in the rooms. Try to get your sellers to remove anything distinctive or eccentric from the scan. You’ll also want to remove any personal pieces like photos. Impress upon your clients the need to make the place look tidy, homey, and as spacious as possible in the 3D scan.

Preparing a Commercial Property for a 3D Scan

Setting up for a 3D scan of a commercial property is much the same as preparing a home for sale, but it’s worth considering a few additional points. It can be harder for potential buyers to imagine themselves in a commercial space than a residential one. If the property features old buildings or warehouses, bear in mind that these spaces typically feel empty and barren. They lack character, and can come across as more of a “shell” than a space for doing great business.

Having the right lighting can go a long way towards remedying this. Avoid too much bright sunlight, but don’t let the space get too dark and dense, either. The more artificial lighting you can use, the better the scan will turn out. It’s best if the lighting has a “warm” cast to it, to prevent the space from seeming cold and clinical.

A Few More Tips

Remember that when it comes time for the 3D scan, you have one shot to get it right. You probably won’t have the option to edit things out of the shots once the scan is complete. That’s why it’s important to keep your clients and their families out of the shots and to notify the professionals taking the scan if someone bumps or jostles the 360-degree cameras beforehand.

A 3D scan can be a great asset, whether you’re trying to sell a property or obtain insurance for it. Just remember that the cameras that take the scans can be sharper than human eyes, and prepare the property accordingly.

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