The following is a guest post.
Virtual reality, VR, is a new technology that is creating a buzz in all the right places for good reason. It involves using computer-based systems to create a simulated three-dimensional environment. You then use special headsets to fully immerse yourself into the 3D space and interact with the elements there as if you were physically there. You wear the headset on your face, look into the screens fitted on the inside, and hear the sound through headphones.
The VR experience
Other accessories such as hand controllers that can read hand gestures and traditional gamepads exist. You can then interact with content such as games, software applications, and 3D renderings among other uses. The most significant advantage is that VR pushes beyond the typical sight and sound sensory inputs that we have. It leverages touch, smell and taste as well as a host of other perception systems such as our sense of balance.
This enables a compelling experience inside the virtual environment where we employ a lot more senses in a 3D space. VR has applications in gaming, journalism, social media, sports and music, tourism and the real estate industry. The headset and supporting computer system is the most important piece of equipment for the consumer. Some of the most popular headset manufacturers include Sony, HTC, Oculus Rift, Google and Samsung among others.
The case for VR in the home buying process
Let us look at how you can leverage VR in the construction of new homes for buyers. One of the biggest barriers buyers face is accurately and realistically visualizing the home. Photos and videos don’t cut it. They don’t show details such as measurements, depth, and quality of materials among others. This is why the open house is so famous traditionally. Buyers want to take in as much detail as possible up close and in person.
VR is enabling developers to create virtual tours of new homes on offer. It is replacing the classic show house concept. You can seamlessly get a first-person view that allows you to walk through multiple floors, common areas such as kitchens and bathrooms, rooftop views as well as street views. Since you are walking into the rooms themselves, you get an accurate sense of the distances, quality of materials, floor plans and general quality of interior design. VR is the next best thing to viewing the home physically.
VR in the construction and building process
VR presents numerous advantages to the home buyer. It makes house hunting easy, efficient and fun. It cuts down on the logistical expenses of trying to view the home. You can view the property and walk through the home from the comfort of your home through a VR system.
It allows you to examine the details of all the corners just as if you were in the home itself. VR is a powerful platform that empowers buyers to connect with the new home emotionally before they set foot there. It creates a more engaging connection with the new potential owner quickly.
VR also makes long distance house purchases easy. You can instantly experience the new home virtually any time you wish through VR. This empowers you to make sure it fits your requirements and preferences. The virtual tour is not just limited to the home and buyers can take a tour of the immediate neighborhood. It gives you the confidence to relocate.
Another advantage is that buyers can visualize properties in development. This builds confidence as they can follow the process and see for themselves the construction techniques, materials used, compliance with planning zones and quality. More importantly, buyers conveniently view interiors, finishes, and the available alternatives.
It is an excellent opportunity for buyers to choose custom upgrades and change other details such as the interior look, fittings, and appliances. The look before you buy concept can extend to furniture and furnishings. This gives you the opportunity to lock down the details of your new home to the last corner.
VR also presents endless possibilities to you, the buyer. Depending on the realtor, you may be able to change things such as colors, materials, appliances, and furnishings in real time during the tour. You can also arrange the furniture in the house in your preferred style and layout.
VR is increasingly transforming the way we work and interact. As we have seen, it has an immensely positive impact on the real estate market. It saves costs for both buyers and developers. It enables developers to market homes even before they are constructed. This accelerates their return on investment. It accelerates the process of buying a home by innovatively taking care of the visual and emotional elements in the equation.
About the author
My name is Jason Vander Griendt. I create 3D renderings for architectural and other applications. I have specialized in virtual reality tours for the real estate industry. I have over a decade of experience in mechanical design engineering. I am also the founder of Render 3D Quickly.