The Place of Virtual Reality in PropertyNo Comments
Technology is soon to revolutionise the property industry in a way that had not previously been foreseen. As innovations in the field of virtual reality advance, so does the possibility for cross-over industry use. In the not too distant future, you may be viewing a prospective property via the use of a strapped on head mounted display (HMD). This not only makes the viewing process far more convenient, it also holds far more potential benefits.
Take a Virtual Reality Tour
Viewing a prospective property can be a strain. You take time out of your busy schedule to attend a viewing, just to find within a few seconds that the place isn’t for you. Then you have to start the whole process again. In the future, this hassle will be entirely removed by the use of Virtual Reality headsets. When you become interested in a house or flat all you need to do is use a HMD to take a tour of the location. If you want a second opinion, pass the device to your friend, spouse or family. If you don’t like the property, you can instantly exit the viewing.
Some people have been concerned about how effective a virtual tour will be. This isn’t unusual with new and disruptive technologies. The virtual tour won’t look like a computer game nor will it feature low resolution images. Many high quality pictures will be taken of the interior of a property using a 360-degree camera. When viewing the house or flat, you’ll be able to move around using head and eye movements.
Interior Design and Virtual Landscaping
Today, when viewing a property, it can be difficult to imagine exactly what the place will look like with your own personal touch. Garish décor, eccentric ornaments and general poor housekeeping can get in the way of your imagined dream home. It has been predicted that in the not-too-distant future, you’ll be able to use VR glasses to redecorate your home before you’ve even bought the property. Imagine this as a grown-up, more sophisticated version of The Sims. Using this software, you’ll be able to completely wipe the slate clean and remodel the appearance of the property. This software is not only useful for the interior, why not turn your hand to some virtual landscaping? Using the tech, you can speak directly to builders, gardeners, architects or designers to assist in your designs. Add a virtual kitchen, see what a conservatory extension would look like, try different water features in the garden. The possibilities for this are endless.
Is This for Everyone?
There are many people who this technology would not be suitable for. For instance, those looking for high end properties would not necessarily be content to simply strap on a headset before signing along the dotted line. People of an older generation may take to the technology slower than others whereas some may still wish to view a property in person. Whatever the future holds for Virtual Reality in property, it presents a very simple solution to those who are constricted by time and distance.
Boosting Sales for New Developments
This technology also has the potential to assist developers of complexes to sell houses or apartments before they’ve even been built. At the current time, buyers have to put faith in pre-designed pictures and occasionally a show-flat which often look unlike the finished piece. Using VR tech, designers can put together a simple yet immersive tour of what each individual room will actually look like. This is sure to boost trust and ultimately boost sales.
What Does Virtual Reality Technology Look Like Now?
This tech is not as far off as you may think. Virtual Reality headsets are already being used for tours albeit in small numbers and at a basic level. The current use of this tech has already increased the number of viewings per person which in turn has enabled the buyer to find the perfect home easier. We have very high hopes for further developments of this in the property sector.
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