Get the Top Dog Renter without Moving with Self-Guided Touring

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It’s easy to say that we’re faced with a brave new world. That’s not to say it’s for better or worse, but the technological advances certainly have made dealing with the changes a whole lot easier than it could be. Cell phones mean you can contact people no matter where they are, web cams mean you can read their expressions, and the two together mean you can set up tours of your rental property without leaving the comfort of your own home.

It may be scary to let a potential applicant run about your halls all on their own, but there are some real benefits to it – especially these days. So how do you go about setting up self-guided tours for your property?

It’s easy to say that we’re faced with a brave new world. That’s not to say it’s for better or worse, but the technological advances certainly have made dealing with the changes a whole lot easier than it could be. Cell phones mean you can contact people no matter where they are, web cams mean you can read their expressions, and the two together mean you can set up tours of your rental property without leaving the comfort of your own home.

It may be scary to let a potential applicant run about your halls all on their own, but there are some real benefits to it – especially these days. So how do you go about setting up self-guided tours for your property?

Self-Guiding In Real Life

Naturally, not many applicants want to sign a lease blind. Many people will even want to follow a virtual tour up with one that’s IRL. Applicants want to know what the place ‘feels like.’ To satisfy this need with relative ease, keep these things in mind.

Self-Guiding In Real Life

Naturally, not many applicants want to sign a lease blind. Many people will even want to follow a virtual tour up with one that’s IRL. Applicants want to know what the place ‘feels like.’ To satisfy this need with relative ease, keep these things in mind.

Online Scheduling:

Clients who want to get in without socializing too much can schedule the time they want to arrive. They don’t really have to call you to get this done. With online scheduling, they can decide when they want to be there and when they want to leave. Or you can have limited time frames, allowing more people to come and go. Try free software’s like Calendly, AcuityScheduling, or Doodle, so people can decide when they want to be there.

rainbow light in cupped hands
rainbow light in cupped hands

Online Scheduling:

Clients who want to get in without socializing too much can schedule the time they want to arrive. They don’t really have to call you to get this done. With online scheduling, they can decide when they want to be there and when they want to leave. Or you can have limited time frames, allowing more people to come and go. Try free software’s like Calendly, AcuityScheduling, or Doodle, so people can decide when they want to be there.

This will allow you to have control over who comes when, and you can know what’s going on in detail within your property. Having a schedule gives you the control without having to be present. While applicants can let themselves in or out, you are the ultimate decision maker.

Limiting People:

With lockboxes, all you need is the Real Estate Agent who can take care of the key. That means you don’t have to mess around with how people can get in and out. You can set the rules of how many people can see the place at a time or in one day. You can create the rules, which means you can keep everyone safe.

If you have an electronic lock such as a Ring or Nest, you can also watch as people come in and out. Utilizing the camera and microphone gives you control to check and make sure those at the door are exactly who you expect, and you can remind guests that you have a set number of people allowed to come inside.

This will allow you to have control over who comes when, and you can know what’s going on in detail within your property. Having a schedule gives you the control without having to be present. While applicants can let themselves in or out, you are the ultimate decision maker.

Limiting People:

With lockboxes, all you need is the Real Estate Agent who can take care of the key. That means you don’t have to mess around with how people can get in and out. You can set the rules of how many people can see the place at a time or in one day. You can create the rules, which means you can keep everyone safe.

If you have an electronic lock such as a Ring or Nest, you can also watch as people come in and out. Utilizing the camera and microphone gives you control to check and make sure those at the door are exactly who you expect, and you can remind guests that you have a set number of people allowed to come inside.

Clean Up:

With the schedule that you set and you approve of, you can handle clean up. Do you want a crew in after every single scheduled visit? Or, do you want to wipe down everything yourself? Go ahead. If you want a touch up here and there, go ahead. It’s always a good idea to sanitize doorknob, light switches, and handrails. Tidy up when the day is done, and you are good to go!

Clean Up:

With the schedule that you set and you approve of, you can handle clean up. Do you want a crew in after every single scheduled visit? Or, do you want to wipe down everything yourself? Go ahead. If you want a touch up here and there, go ahead. It’s always a good idea to sanitize doorknob, light switches, and handrails. Tidy up when the day is done, and you are good to go!

Tenants may be worried that you are only calling for money, and no one likes those conversations. As of now, public relations with landlords are very fraught and disapproving. According to the Guardian, a major component of being a good listener is to not be ‘afraid of silence.’ Let them think about what they want to say. Let them think about their answers. Let them speak freely.

Tenants may be worried that you are only calling for money, and no one likes those conversations. As of now, public relations with landlords are very fraught and disapproving. According to the Guardian, a major component of being a good listener is to not be ‘afraid of silence.’ Let them think about what they want to say. Let them think about their answers. Let them speak freely.

Virtual Tours: What Is Required

Maybe self-guided touring isn’t for you. It’s perfectly reasonable to not want people alone on your property, and it’s your right to have this stance. In that case, consider a 3D digital tour. A 3D tour requires two things to get started. You will need a tripod and a camera with panoramic capability and a 360-degree view. If you have recent smart phone, congratulations, you are at least halfway there. You will also need remote capability so that  your body isn’t in the way of motion capture.  Remotely take the panoramic shot. Once it is online, then you are done! You can also do this as an intermediary step. When someone is interested in a property, give them a link to the virtual tour before inviting them to come on a self-guided tour. Either way, you don’t need to be there!

Couple sitting on counter
Couple sitting on counter

Virtual Tours: What Is Required

Maybe self-guided touring isn’t for you. It’s perfectly reasonable to not want people alone on your property, and it’s your right to have this stance. In that case, consider a 3D digital tour. A 3D tour requires two things to get started. You will need a tripod and a camera with panoramic capability and a 360-degree view. If you have recent smart phone, congratulations, you are at least halfway there. You will also need remote capability so that  your body isn’t in the way of motion capture.  Remotely take the panoramic shot. Once it is online, then you are done! You can also do this as an intermediary step. When someone is interested in a property, give them a link to the virtual tour before inviting them to come on a self-guided tour. Either way, you don’t need to be there!

Now renters can see your property no matter where you are. Not only that, but you can review your applicants no matter where you are, too, as you can get credit reports via mobile as well. With a fully virtual lease, things can go a lot easier. You can do absolutely everything you’re your phone with  , reviewing the entire combined application from the comfort of your couch. The future can make some things easier, even if the rest of it is hard.

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Now renters can see your property no matter where you are. Not only that, but you can review your applicants no matter where you are, too, as you can get credit reports via mobile as well. With a fully virtual lease, things can go a lot easier. You can do absolutely everything you’re your phone with  , reviewing the entire combined application from the comfort of your couch. The future can make some things easier, even if the rest of it is hard.

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