What Is A 3D Virtual Tour?

Whether you are looking to buy a home or sell your home in Toronto, you may have wondered “what is a 3D virtual tour?”.  Although this technology isn’t new, it has become extremely popular over the last several years due to the pandemic restrictions that took place. The industry leader responsible for providing this technology is Matterport.

What Is A 3D Virtual Tour

Matterport has created a web-based platform that allows users to create 3D virtual twins of any space with the use of their 3D cameras. Once the photos have been taken, the system then creates a 3D twin of the space which viewers can then walk through virtually by toggling throughout the space. Below is a short video explanation with some examples.

When it comes to buying or selling a home, there are a lot of important decisions that need to be made. One of the most crucial decisions is whether or not you should rely on a virtual home tour for either buying a home or selling your home. Below are some things you should consider before making your decision.

The Advantages Of Virtual Home Tours

  • Convenience – They are incredibly convenient. You can view them 24/7, from anywhere in the world. All you need is an internet connection and a computer or mobile device. This means a buyer can fit them into their busy schedule, without having to take hours out of their day to travel to a physical location, at least not until they are seriously ready to view the property in person.
  • Virtual Home Tours Provide A Somewhat Realistic View Of A Property – You can get a sense of the layout and size of the rooms, as well as how the light comes in. Many virtual home tours include a measuring tool that allow you to measure room dimensions. This can be helpful when you’re trying to decide if a particular home is right for you and your existing furniture.

The Disadvantages Of Virtual Home Tours

  • The disadvantage of virtual home tours are that they can sometimes be less reliable than in-person tours. This is because the viewer doesn’t get a true sense of the space, the neighbourhood and the fine details throughout the home. Due to this, I always recommend that buyers view a property in person before submitting an offer.
  • Although virtual tours are convenient, you don’t get to make use of four important human senses including sight, smell, touch and hearing. Without viewing a property in person, you won’t be able to see the scratches on the hardwood floors, smell the bad smell coming from the basement, feel the broken front door handle or hear the noise from the subway which runs near the home. Additionally, virtual tours can sometimes be less informative than in-person tours, as you’re not able to ask questions about the property during the tour like you can in real life.

Overall, 3D virtual home tours are a great option for anyone who is buying or selling a home. They are convenient, offer a realistic view of the property, and can be edited to your liking. Just keep in mind that they may not be as reliable or informative as in-person tours. For that reason, when buying, I’m a firm believer that you should always view the property in person.

Hopefully the above has answered any questions you may have about what a 3D virtual tour is.

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