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Home for Sale the Green Way – Save the environment (plus your time and money!) with a virtual tour

Virtual tours can help you be more environmentally friendly while allowing potential buyers to get a better picture of the property from the comfort and convenience of their home. In this way, they can decide if they are interested enough to schedule a personal showing. This type of screening means fewer trips and vehicles on the road, which leads to less polluting emissions. Possibly more important, is that virtual tours save the buyer, homeowner, and the Real Estate agents, both time and fuel. The virtual tour narrows the buyer’s search creating more focused leads that end up in the hands of the real estate agent and on the doorstep of the
homeowner. Think of the time and money saved by serving only truly interested clients!

When using a virtual tour, the Real Estate agent and home owner know they are dealing with a serious buyer. The end result is that:

  • the homeowner is happy, because only a few showings are required to generate offers, and
  • the real estate agent looks great and has a lot more of their valuable time at their disposal.

To help further reduce the environmental impact of of putting up a home for sale, make sure the real estate photography company you use to shoot your virtual tour is driving a fuel efficient vehicle and are responsible with the multitude of equipment they use in the production of the virtual tour. At SeeVirtual Marketing & Photography we have committed to be as environmentally friendly as possible by:

  • replacing our leased company vehicle the Ultra Low Emission Vehicle (ULEV-II) Toyota Yaris which increased our fuel efficiency from 23MPG to 32 MPG.
  • as we constantly update our equipment to provide the latest virtual tour technologies and increase the level of service to our customers, we were also collecting an impressive clutter of outdated and non-functioning electronics. We disposed of this equipment responsibly in order to keep these objects out of the landfills and stop toxic chemicals from polluting our soil and water sources.
  • After a bit of research we found we could recycle our electronic waste through Encorp recycling bottle depots.

You can go to http://www.encorp.ca/ to find the closest location.

  • Battery disposal for our cameras and backup power sources was a bit more difficult. While a few companies accepted regular batteries, we needed to dispose of sealed lead batteries from our backup power surge protectors. We found a company in Langley Township that accepts many types of batteries.

You can go to http://www.nulife-ind.com/ to learn more. This company also recycles mercury containing lights such as florescent bulbs.

All in all, We are doing our part for the environment while putting money back in our pocket.
If you would like to check for various types of recycling services in your area an excellent resource can be found at: http://http//www.rcbc.bc.ca/recyclepedia

By using a virtual tour the next time you list a home for sale, you’ll help lessen the environmental impact of home buying while saving yourself time and money in the process. In essence, you will be more Green in terms of the environment and your money!

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Our Green Office

One of our objectives at Seevirtual is to be as environmentally friendly as possible. Our recycling program includes recycling of paper, electronics and plastic. We use low energy compact bulbs and have replaced our water cooler with a Brita tap filter. All computers and electronics, other than the main backup, are shut down at night and on weekends when not in use. By replacing the light switch, in our copy room, with a motion detector switch and using natural light, where possible, we are not just saving energy but are saving on our power bill as well. Another idea was to send meeting notes by email to be viewed on the boardroom screen instead of being printed out only to be later discarded.
We are always looking for new ways to lessen our environmental impact and have recently registered with the David Suzuki Foundation Nature Challenge at Work Program. You can check this program out at:
http://www.davidsuzuki.org/NatureChallenge/at_Work/sign_up.aspx

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We Support Earth Hour!


We’ve signed up for Earth Hour! What is Earth Hour?

“WWF created Earth Hour to help people that are concerned about our planet and want to show their support for action on climate change.

Earth Hour provides WWF with the opportunity to mobilize millions of people towards global climate change action. At http://www.earthhourcanada.org, WWF provides the tools and information necessary to participate, while also tracking participation and measuring results.” From http://wwf.ca/earthhour

Earth Hour begins at 8:30 pm Saturday March 28 and ends on 9:30 pm. Over 2,848 cities, towns and municipalities in 84 countries have signed up and committed to this event. 250 cities in Canada alone are signed up and 70 events are planned. Vancouver will be powering down city hall and is asking residents to help darken all of the city skyline in support.

So turn off your lights for an hour on Saturday night and help send the message!

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GO GREEN, order a Virtual Tour!

Showcase your listing on Seevirtual, and give the world a break by reducing lookie-loo visitors. The world would be a better place if every listing had a Virtual Tour. If you don’t believe it, ask home shoppers!

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