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V. Staging & Vacancy Insu (by Lisa [TX]) May 20, 2024 3:51 PM
       V. Staging & Vacancy Insu (by Renne [TX]) May 20, 2024 4:13 PM
       V. Staging & Vacancy Insu (by Bonanza [NC]) May 20, 2024 4:31 PM
       V. Staging & Vacancy Insu (by Lisa [TX]) May 20, 2024 4:35 PM
       V. Staging & Vacancy Insu (by Renne [TX]) May 20, 2024 6:51 PM
       V. Staging & Vacancy Insu (by 6x6 [TN]) May 20, 2024 8:31 PM
       V. Staging & Vacancy Insu (by RentsDue [MA]) May 20, 2024 10:05 PM
       V. Staging & Vacancy Insu (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) May 20, 2024 10:29 PM
       V. Staging & Vacancy Insu (by FloridaNative [FL]) May 21, 2024 7:56 AM
       V. Staging & Vacancy Insu (by DJ [VA]) May 21, 2024 8:04 AM
       V. Staging & Vacancy Insu (by Bonanza [NC]) May 21, 2024 11:07 AM
       V. Staging & Vacancy Insu (by Nicole [PA]) May 21, 2024 12:34 PM
       V. Staging & Vacancy Insu (by Lisa [TX]) May 21, 2024 12:42 PM
       V. Staging & Vacancy Insu (by Lisa [TX]) May 21, 2024 12:42 PM
       V. Staging & Vacancy Insu (by Lisa [TX]) May 21, 2024 12:42 PM
       V. Staging & Vacancy Insu (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) May 21, 2024 2:00 PM
       V. Staging & Vacancy Insu (by Teresa [MO]) May 27, 2024 7:16 PM
       V. Staging & Vacancy Insu (by Renne [TX]) May 28, 2024 7:35 AM

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V. Staging & Vacancy Insu (by Lisa [TX]) Posted on: May 20, 2024 3:51 PM
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I have vacancies coming up was looking at comps on Zillow. It seems like majority of listings have photos with perfect furnishings that makes them look like model homes right off the magazine! I am wondering if they all used virtual staging services to enhance their photos. Is that a norm now? I always just post clear and nice pictures of the vacant home, so what you see is what you get. Any thoughts?

Also, do you change your dwelling policy to vacant home insurance between tenants? I never did that in the past. But I wonder if it will become an excuse for insurance company not paying if anything happens during this time ( we have hail very often now).

Thanks!

--70.119.xxx.xx




V. Staging & Vacancy Insu (by Renne [TX]) Posted on: May 20, 2024 4:13 PM
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Lisa, I tried virtual staging and will never go back. Brad 20,000 recommended Virtual Staging House Media and they were very professional, timely, and extremely affordable.

I thought you would need to be a tech guru, but it is as easy as taking a photo and uploading it to their site. You can choose from different styles of furniture and can even edit once for free if something is not to your liking.

We posted the staged photos in our ads first and then the nonstaged photos to ensure we are setting the stage for reality when they walk the home.

If your photos don't catch their eye in the first few seconds, they will be on to the next home. Make them want to tour yours!

I wish there was a way to place a watermark on the staged photos (to avoid your ad being stolen) but the company does not offer that service... yet. :-)

Congratulations for stepping up your game!

--12.196.xxx.xxx




V. Staging & Vacancy Insu (by Bonanza [NC]) Posted on: May 20, 2024 4:31 PM
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What were the costs on that? --65.188.xxx.xxx




V. Staging & Vacancy Insu (by Lisa [TX]) Posted on: May 20, 2024 4:35 PM
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Thank you Renne!!! it's a great idea posting both staged and vacant photos. Thanks for sharing! --70.119.xxx.xx




V. Staging & Vacancy Insu (by Renne [TX]) Posted on: May 20, 2024 6:51 PM
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Bonanza, we paid $10 per photo.

There are upgrades you can choose which cost an extra dollar or two like removing an item in the photo (my reflection in a mirror), express delivery of digital product, etc.

The difference between staged and nonstaged was startling.

Onwards and upwards! --12.196.xxx.xxx




V. Staging & Vacancy Insu (by 6x6 [TN]) Posted on: May 20, 2024 8:31 PM
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I need to try this. --76.129.xxx.xx




V. Staging & Vacancy Insu (by RentsDue [MA]) Posted on: May 20, 2024 10:05 PM
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I havenít tried virtual staging, I do actual staging. It makes a HUGE difference. Not just in the picture but at the showing. --68.191.xx.xx




V. Staging & Vacancy Insu (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Posted on: May 20, 2024 10:29 PM
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Lisa,

Online is your first and ONLY impression. In our world of swiping left you have 2 seconds to grab their attention. Realtors have stats that staged homes sell faster and for more money. It's a fact.

Gotta do something to get a leg up on the competition. Just look at the website photos of apartment complexes.

Vacant rooms look lonely and homely. And what does a photo of an empty bedroom tell the prospect? Nothing. "This room has walls and a floor."

It does not say "This is warm and inviting bedroom, a fun game room, or a clean garage for your tools." (I recently had them but a muscle car in a garage photo with cool posters and hubcaps on the wall)

Today's shoppers have NO imagination. You must SHOW THEM where to put a sofa or a bed.

I use VSHmedia.com They run specials all the time. I think I pay $15 per room. I even do the bathroom with colorful towels and a pretty plant on the toilet.

I talk to LLs who will spend $3000 on new flooring to impress prospects, but it just looks like any old floor in the photo, but not spend $50 on better ad photos to get them to apply.

I use the wide angle lens on my iPhone 12 with a 1000 lumen handheld floodlight from Harbor Freight to fill the room with light. Tilt the camera down slightly because they need floor in the photo to place the furniture and rugs.

Renne - They will watermark the photos. I just include it like any furniture item. Best if you have a sample to put in the instructions.

Competition is tough - gotta keep up!

BRAD

--73.103.xxx.xxx




V. Staging & Vacancy Insu (by FloridaNative [FL]) Posted on: May 21, 2024 7:56 AM
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I use virtual staging too for only a room or two and post the two photos side by side to show with and without the staging. It helps tremendously. I use a vendor that is also very professional, very fast delivery times (a few hours) and the furniture isn't squished to fit so it appears real. They also have various furnishing styles you can choose like traditional, modern, transitional, etc. However, its $24/photo so I'm going to check out the vendor Brad uses. That's a big price difference. The one I use is virtualstaging (dot) com. Yes, I disclose the staged photos. Virtual staging has worked for me. --98.211.xxx.xx




V. Staging & Vacancy Insu (by DJ [VA]) Posted on: May 21, 2024 8:04 AM
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Stay away from boxbrownie. They disappointed me - items missing that I requested, or in the wrong place. Not all fixed even after a revision, like they weren't really reading the instructions/didn't care. Also, some things looked out of proportion / unnatural.

Regarding Insurance: My agent has said I'm good for a month. If it's vacant longer, they may not pay on a claim if it's still under the (less expensive) occupied rental policy. --96.3.xx.x




V. Staging & Vacancy Insu (by Bonanza [NC]) Posted on: May 21, 2024 11:07 AM
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Looks like Brads vendor is $24 a picture --65.188.xxx.xxx




V. Staging & Vacancy Insu (by Nicole [PA]) Posted on: May 21, 2024 12:34 PM
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In today's climate, places here rent VERY quickly ... like within a day or two. In a time when places aren't renting quickly, possibly. I also don't have high end units and my folks don't have lofty expectations. --98.237.xxx.xx




V. Staging & Vacancy Insu (by Lisa [TX]) Posted on: May 21, 2024 12:42 PM
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Thank you for everyone's input! Very helpful information! --70.119.xxx.xx




V. Staging & Vacancy Insu (by Lisa [TX]) Posted on: May 21, 2024 12:42 PM
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Thank you for everyone's input! Very helpful information! --70.119.xxx.xx




V. Staging & Vacancy Insu (by Lisa [TX]) Posted on: May 21, 2024 12:42 PM
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Thank you for everyone's input! Very helpful information! --70.119.xxx.xx




V. Staging & Vacancy Insu (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Posted on: May 21, 2024 2:00 PM
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My helpers says we're on the Gold Plan (paid extra to get discount on every order) plus I jumped in on their pre-pay sale for another discount.

Top quality, VERY realistic (hard to tell if it's real or Memorex!), clever and cute, even see from one room into the other room, and free revisions.

Remember the staged photos are good forever - reuse each time the home comes available. A one time investment used over and over.

Side note: Zillow saves all photos. Someday when you go to sell and a prospective buyer types in the address, your staged photos will appear.

BRAD --73.103.xxx.xxx




V. Staging & Vacancy Insu (by Teresa [MO]) Posted on: May 27, 2024 7:16 PM
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Very interesting, has anyone used this for commercial space?

Has any person looking ever complained of being misled? --64.85.xxx.xxx




V. Staging & Vacancy Insu (by Renne [TX]) Posted on: May 28, 2024 7:35 AM
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I don't know why this would not work for a commercial space.

When selling a home, your first showing is online and renting is the same. People spend nano seconds swiping through photos and yours need to pop so they will slow down and look at your ad.

It is important to set the stage for what they will see when they physically walk through the door, so we always include photos of the rooms without virtual staging.

Staging also gives people an idea of how to place their furniture in a room.

In terms of being misleading, when we were staging an RV, the stagers had a sofa, coffee table, tv stand, tv, and two small ottomans. I asked them to remove the ottomans as I did not believe there would have been space for all that furniture in the RV.

When staging a tiny house, I asked them to only use a queen sized bed as I knew a king would not fit. I have seen staged photos which were captioned with "Room virtually staged."

I had 1 potential applicant who was confused if the tiny house came furnished or unfurnished, but since he was confused about every aspect of the ad and renting, I didn't count his reaction as negative.

Give it a try, you will be surprised at the difference it makes. --12.196.xxx.xxx



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