Jim Gross Albuquerque real estate photography and realtor®Subscribe: Marketing Homes Blog

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Virtual Home Staging, while growing in popularity is still marginally understood among the realtor® community. So, while we cannot speak for how other online virtual staging companies handle their workflow and policies, we are giving you some great information from the Staging Pads FAQ Page.

1. What is included in virtual staging?

Your pictures of a vacant room digitally staged. Use them on the MLS, your website or social media. Just send us your pictures and we return them with furniture, pictures and other staging added.

2. Does virtual staging work well with all pictures?

Actually no, about 75% of the pictures sent to us need some additional work or to be reshot for the best results. We recommend sending us a few of the pictures you are looking at staging and we can advise you on changes to make them look great for staging.

3. How do you list these on the MLS?

Virtually Staged Entry Way

Just for fun…Virtually Staged Entryway As A Concert Hall

These are JPEG’s that can be uploaded to the MLS like any other picture. Make sure to put a comment in the remarks section that some of the pictures have been virtually staged.

4. How do the copyrights work?

The individual or company that took the original images own them. Make sure if you send us pictures to stage that you have the permission of the copyright owner to have them staged. We own the staging that has been done to the pictures but are licensing you to use them in the marketing of a single listing. builders and companies using these for a model may also use them on an ongoing basis.

5. What cannot be staged?

We do not stage anything that will convey with the home. This includes things like flooring types, wall colors, landscaping and window coverings. In some cases we may be able to offer decluttering of existing furniture.

6. What is the best way to take the pictures to be staged?

Hold the camera horizontal, straight at about 5 feet so there is no camera shake. Get as much of the room as possible including walls to include furniture. Try not to shoot into a bright window with excessive glare. Sometimes the best shot is with your back to the window. It is OK to use a flash to brighten up the room. Sunset shots are always great once shadows are gone.

7. How do I submit pictures?

When you order online you will receive a link to send the pictures to out FTP site. Please name pictures by room (BR1, BR2, LR, Bath, KIT…etc.)

8. Do you have a library of furniture we can look at?

Yes we do and are happy to send you a link upon request. New furniture is always being added to our collection.

9. Do you offer volume discounts?

Yes we have a special partner price for resellers of Staging Pads. You can earn $15 for every picture ordered by your clients.

10. What is the guarantee?

Not all pictures can be staged if they have excessive glare, are out of focus or do not show enough of the room. We do offer a money back guarantee but will always try to restage the pictures first.

So, hopefully this will give you a better picture of how we use your pictures to make a great looking staged home. Call us with any questions about a home you are interested in staging.