Real Estate and related services have been deemed as “Essential” by the State of Minnesota during the Stay Safe MN Order. We know that means that you will continue to work and we want to be here to support you as a member of your marketing team! Please note our below safety measures we communicated previously are still in place during this time and we will continue to practice all social distancing protocols.
Safety Precautions we are taking at this time
We hope this message finds you well and that you are staying busy despite this unprecedented time we are in! Elevate Photography is taking steps to ensure you, your sellers and our photographers stay safe while continuing to offer professional photography services to support your marketing efforts. We are thankful that we are still able to provide our services to you, but we find it imperative to communicate a few important changes to you while this is going on in order to uphold the social distancing recommendations that have been set forth.
At this time, we are requesting that no household members be present at the time and throughout the shoot. If the agent requests to be present during the shoot, please let us know ahead of time. Our photographer will be the only one in the home during the shoot. Having the home empty will limit unnecessary contact between all parties and also allows our photographers to quickly and efficiently complete their work — spending as little time as necessary in your seller’s home.
As a reminder, we require the entire home to be ready to be photographed upon our arrival. This includes having all staging and all cleaning completed. We refer to this as being “photo ready”. If the home in not photo-ready, our photographer will return to their car and wait for 15 minutes. If the home is not ready in that time, a reschedule will need to happen. Please know that this time allotment is critical in keeping our photographer on schedule for their next appointment.
Effective immediately, we are requesting that all interior lights are turned on and any desired blinds or shades are open prior to our arrival in order to reduce touching surfaces. We will leave the home in the same state as when we arrived. If requested, we will text the agent as soon as the shoot is finished. Additionally, photographers will also not handle/move any objects in the home, regardless of how minor. Please feel free to check out and share our Home Preparation Checklist with your sellers if they need a little extra help in this area!
While upholding our professional manner, our photographers are:
* refraining from shaking hands with sellers or agents
* self-monitoring for any signs of illness
* using hand sanitizer before and after photographing each home
* wiping down any equipment used both before and after photographing each home
* removing shoes before entering the home OR wearing protective, disposable booties over their shoes upon entering the home
In the unfortunate event a household member is sick with any illness or in self-quarantine due to Covid-19, please contact as soon as possible. We will be unable to photograph the home regardless of the sellers’ presence. Elevate photographers reserve the right NOT to photograph a home if any member of the household is sick upon our arrival. SAFETY IS OUR PRIMARY CONCERN.
SPAAR sent out recommendations to all Realtors to “prioritize virtual showings and other non-person-to-person activities. Utilize the virtual tours and photos available to pre-screen homes you personally visit.” We plan to continue offering our regular services to you to help you do just that! Please note that scheduling of our Matterport 3D services is now in very high demand, so the sooner you can put your tour order in, the better!
We have also decided to temporarily add a couple of new package options in light of this new reality. These can now be found on our Order Form when you place your next order.
Full Exterior Shoot – $115
Perfect for a home that you need to get listed ASAP and want a few professional images of!
Full Exterior Shoot added onto any Matterport 3D Walkthrough – $75
This is perfect if you know you’d like to capture the interior of the home with the amazing Matterport 3D technology but still would like professional exteriors added on.
More information on our Matterport 3D technology…This is a great time to utilize our Matterport 3D technology to market your properties! While potential buyers and sellers may be leery about going in and out of homes with the current social distancing, viewing a full property in this 3D virtual walkthrough format gives them the experience of walking through the home from the safety and comfort of their own home! This can reduce the need for foot traffic in a property and can limit the necessity of showings and open houses.
Here is an example of a Matterport 3D tour. Simply click the photo above or the link below to experience a Matterport 3D tour, which allows a visitor to virtually move around the property. Matterport tours can be branded or unbranded (MLS compliant), as well as be shared directly via a link or embedded into a single property website.
If there is any way we can help you or your clients, please let us know! Together, we can all get through this! Stay well!
We appreciate your willingness to take these precautions with us over the coming weeks to ensure the safety and health of everyone. Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns at all!
Amy & Melissa