Our team at RE PIXS has scanned thousands of spaces since we first started offering 3D Matterport tours in 2016. Did you know that RE PIXS was one of the first providers in the Portland market for these kinds of tours!? And as a matter of fact, as a trusted Matterport partner, Matterport refers jobs to RE PIXS directly.
We take pride in being at the forefront of new technology in the Real Estate Industry. Matterport has grown and developed significantly since its start and now offers many add-on options that you may not even know about. We're here to teach you about our 8 favorite little-known Matterport secrets!
1. Floor Plans
Increase a buyer's interest and engagement by offering a black and white floor plan with your 3D Matterport tour. This classic tool helps buyers visualize the space in an easy way, which is especially great for buyers who get overwhelmed with the information overload from 3D tours. As an agent, you're most likely well aware that there are buyers and sellers out there who love 3D tours and those that hate them. Offering a 2D schematic floorplan alongside a 3D matterport tour is a great way to promote your listing to a wide range of prospective buyers.
"Matterport Schematic Floor Plans are a 2D representation of your property—complete with room measurements and illustrations of property features.
Matterport's Schematic Floor Plans can save you time, money, and hassle."
Floorplans are also a cheap addition to your marketing portfolio! You can easily add them to your listing presentations to differentiate yourself as an agent. These schematic floorplans are very appealing to sellers that still expect (and want) more traditional marketing methods.
It's important to note that not all Matterport providers in the Portland area are the same. These floorplans are only available through companies that use professional 360 cameras and subscribe to the Matterport business plan (like RE PIXS!) Floorplans are not available with all 360 cameras or smartphone captures.
2. 360 Photos
These photos are great for sharing on social media! 360 photos are the images you see on Facebook where you can turn your phone from left to right which enables you to get a full 360-degree view of the image. Here at RE PIXS we typically capture 3D photos of the front of a property and a few photos of the backyard or other features outside the home. You can easily download these to share on social media. Be sure to let your photographer know if there are specific 360 photos you'd like them to capture.
3. Google Street View
The best marketing tool for your business is to add a 3D matterport scan to google street view. This allows online visitors to get an inside look at your business! Having a street view of your business will also increase your visibility on Google Maps. This is a great way to give your customers clarity on what to expect when visiting your establishment.
According to Matteport, consumers use mapping products 44% of the time to search for businesses. And Google Businesses with photos and 3D tours are twice as likely to generate interest compared to those that do not have these marketing assets.
Here at RE PIXS we also do commercial projects. Do you know of a small business owner who would love to drive more traffic to their shop? Send them our way! And have them mention your name when booking and you'll both receive $25 off your next appointment!
4. Virtual Staging
Did you know that Matterport offers virtual staging through outside providers?! This is a newer feature and a fantastic way to show off a property's potential. There are multiple companies that offer 3D staging these days. However, Matterport partners with a UK-based company called VRPM. Please note that 3D virtual staging has additional costs.
Want to view a virtually staged matterport? Click the link below!
5. TruePlan with Xactimate
Take Matterport 3D scans to the next level with TruePlan. "A first-of-its-kind service, the Matterport TruePlan™ add-on generates SKX files in both floor plan and 3D views from Matterport models that can be easily imported into Xactimate™ software.
Restoration contractors and insurance adjusters no longer need to manually measure and sketch to estimate repair and rebuilding costs. Our turnkey TruePlan add-on service delivers an accurate Xactimate-compatible file (.SKX) within two business days after you place your order with Matterport.
TruePlan provides objective documentation of as-built features and measurements to accurately calculate building damage and generate property loss estimates."
6. Room Measurements & Automatic face blurring
Matterport allows you to "accurately measure anything within your 3D model — from room sizes and doorways to elements in the space itself. Using Measurement Mode, you can save time by eliminating multiple visits to the physical site.
A standard feature in Matterport, you can open any 3D model and measure any element within the space, on any device. Check if furniture or equipment will fit in a particular spot, or even if it will fit through doors, from your desktop or smartphone. Measurement Mode is a valuable tool for sharing information and unlocking the potential for smarter space planning, utilization, and collaboration."
Easily protect your client's privacy by using the custom blur brush. "Blur Brush is enabled by a machine learning algorithm when a scan is uploaded. Designed to blur only human faces, automatic face blurring is an extra level of protection when scanning a public place, such as a museum or retail store."
7. Showcase & VR Mode
Matterport allows users to view properties in multiple ways. The term "showcase" refers to a standard Matterport tour like the one below. A showcase allows you to walk through the house, view it in dollhouse mode, and see an aerial view of the floorplan.
You can take your Matterport tour to the next level by utilizing VR goggles. When you view the property through VR you can look around the house as if you are actually standing in the room! Its a fun way to tour properties from the comfort of your own home!
8. Can post on Vrbo & Home Away
Matterport recently partnered with VRBO & Home Away to allow your 3D scans to be posted directly to your listing! According to Matterport, this feature will allow you to increase bookings by up to 14%!
"With a single 3D Matterport model, you can easily create valuable marketing assets: 3D guided tours, 4K photos, floorplans, videos, and more. With the power of Matterport + Vrbo, you can:
Increase bookings by giving renters the immersive experience of being on the property
Increase engagement with your listings with a differentiated online experience
Reduce traveler inquiries and cancellations by providing the most realistic visuals
Improve reviews by setting expectations that match the actual property."
Now you're in the know!
Thanks for reading through our 8 little-known Matterport secrets. There are so many things you can add to your Matterport scans! If you have any questions or want to try out any of the above features feel free to reach out to our team. We would be happy to assist you!
This information was sourced from the Matterport Blog. Want in-depth information? You can read further here: