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Does Anyone Use InsideMaps.com?

Published: 04/10/2018
By: larry

Ashley in South Carolina asks:

Has anyone heard of or used a product called Inside Maps for virtual tours, 2D floor plans, and other products using an iPhone?

I've never heard of InsideMaps.com before but as I look through their website, I have to say I feel uneasy about their quality, prices, and approach. Here are my concerns about this product:

  1. They appear to be using the panorama features of the iPhone to get wide enough shots of interiors and stitching them together to get 360s.
  2. As someone that has been doing 360 tours since 2000, their 360 tours seem low quality to me. In this day and age, there are $300 cameras that create higher quality 360s than this in-camera. Much cheaper than having these guys do it from iPhone panoramas!
  3. The examples of their video also seem quite low quality. I don't have any idea how they are creating the floor plans. It appears that you have to get the $179 package to get floor plans--expensive!

As an agent, this kind of product would not interest me. It's pretty crude. To my way of thinking, these days, offering a simple walk-through video product like Joe Zekas and many others do would make much more sense.

Does anyone have experience with InsideMaps.com?

6 comments on “Does Anyone Use InsideMaps.com?”

  1. I've used it. I find the quality isn't great but it does a decent job and is a much cheaper entry point than Matterport. It doesn't use panoramas it takes a lot of pictures and stitches them together once you connect to wifi. The cost varies on the square footage most houses are less than $100. Here is a link to a couple tours I have done with it.

    https://www.insidemaps.com/project/pP4LngvIw6/listing
    https://www.insidemaps.com/project/qsV7aL1F3K/listing
    https://www.insidemaps.com/project/fncGLllXz1/listing

  2. It gives you the room measurements on the floorplan and labels the rooms (not always correctly). My issue is you need to scan the room to have it included on the floor plan and not all rooms are good for scanning. Most houses have people living there and there has to be somewhere to put all the clutter. I'd like to try it with my iPhone X but it won't fit in the adapter for the motorized head. I'm sure there would be a big improvement in picture quality.

    It's a cost-effective way to provide 3d tours. I usually photograph the house and bring someone with me to do the tour. They just move the tripod from room to room behind me so it doesn't take much more time than I usually spend photographing a house. Basically, you need an extra tripod and the motorized head from the company which costs around $250. Most people already have an iPhone. Only a one time fee for the tour and no monthly hosting fees like Matterport.

    I decided to buy it to test the market to see if I should invest in Matterport but right now I'm only using it on larger expensive homes so I don't see the need to upgrade to a full camera scanning system with monthly fees and large upfront costs.

  3. 2 of the properties sold first showing. Not sure the tour had anything to do with it, but one of the clients spent the night before using the tour and paid close to list price the next day. They said they knew the house when they walked in the door.

    If nothing else I think it shows how quickly this type of service is becoming very accessible to the masses. I'm sure the day is coming that I will be able to do a virtual showing live with clients and we are all sitting at home on our couches with headsets on. It's a Brave New World.

  4. These types of tours are a mixed bag. They're cool but navigation is horrible.

    Mike,

    I don't see labels or dimensions on your tours (I'm using a cellphone to view it though).
    The cost of processing one of these tours is about $100?

  5. On a cell phone I think it's more you have to move the phone around to look around trying to be 3d. It's pretty simple on a computer screen. I paid $90 for 9 Hornell was the clients I talked about earlier who thought they knew the house. Half a million house which is rare for my market sold first showing. I had their parents out looking at houses a couple weeks ago so they are happy. They may have walked in and bought it anyway it's hard to track these things but it certainly didn't hurt the sale.

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