You can now visit your future Airbnb rental in virtual reality!

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  • Making the first steps in an Airbnb rental easier
  • An idea still at the prototype stage

Internet facilitates communication, our purchases or our rentals. But, on the other side of a screen, sometimes you don't really know what to expect. This Rome or New York apartment that looks awesome in photos, might not be quite as perfect in reality. But how do you know? Airbnb brings a start to the track with virtual reality that will allow you to visit an apartment before renting. Real more for a decision aid or a simple gadget? We will check it out ...



Making the first steps in an Airbnb rental easier

Between photographs and reality, the differences can sometimes be very significant when you rent an apartment. Or, some accessories turn out to be impossible to use. Explanations from owners can help but are not an ideal solution.

The Airbnb site therefore wants to offer a new approach, using virtual reality. The idea is simple. Before renting, you visit the apartment that interests you with 360 掳 photos or a 3D scan of the place. The host can add hints so you know how to get organized and what to really expect. Airbnb details on its site.

An idea still at the prototype stage

This is not new, virtual reality is transforming the real estate industry. If it is mainly used to visit houses directly from a real estate agency, the physical visit is still essential in many cases. But, for a short-term rental like Airbnb, the stakes are lower than for a purchase. However, the cost issue could represent a real obstacle.



For now, virtual reality on Airbnb still seems to be at the prototype stage. The company explains that it is not yet ready to take the plunge. It will undoubtedly be necessary to wait some time before seeing it arrive in a real way on the site. It is above all a bet on the part of the company regarding the development of virtual reality in homes.. In the meantime, we will have to continue to rely on trust between individuals and the little notes taped in the apartment.





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