Renovators sell with virtual reality
October 31, 2017
Image of renovated kitchen used in Vancouver virtual reality demonstration.
Renovators with the Greater Vancouver Home Builders’ Association (GVHBA) are planning to use virtual reality (VR) to help clients “see” what their home could look like.
The GVHBA launched a demonstration on October 26 at the Vancouver Fall Home Show.
Clients are often confused when presented with a floor plan with numbers as room dimensions, a GVHBA spokeswoman explained.
The VR demonstration, where potential clients strap on a VR headset, includes 15 custom build and renovation projects by companies such as My House Design/Build (this year’s GVHBA ‘renovator of the year’), Abstract Homes, and Best Builders Ltd.
“The virtual reality 360-degree tour not only allows clients to see what a renovation can and will look like, professional renovators at the show discussed topics such as design trends and living large in small spaces,” noted Dawn Sondergaard from the GVHVA media department.
VR is being harnessed by many new home developers in the Vancouver area, who say it is a powerful tool when pre-selling new projects, especially to potential buyers who do not live in the Vancouver area. Clients can don VR headsets and then take a virtual tour of a new condo complex and individual suites from anywhere in the world.