Rental app Movebubble has launched a video property viewing function, Home Walkthroughs, which removes the need to view properties in-person.
Despite the government’s push to reopen the property market and allow for physical viewings to recommence, the app aims to address continued consumer concerns around physically entering properties.
The function provides comprehensive, first-person, room-by-room guides to homes being let.
Prospective renters can watch the Home Walkthrough videos and use the app’s instant chat function, hitting a ‘rent it’ button to chat to the partner and finalise details.
Aidan Rushby, CEO of Movebubble, said: “Over the past 18 months, we’ve seen a staggering 1,300% increase in our renters showing intent to virtually view or transact online, without having to physically go and view the property.
“We have noticed a seismic shift in rental behaviour, with a readiness to adopt new ways of moving by using mobile and video technology.
“In recent months, the COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically accelerated this shift in consumer behaviour.”
Rushby added: “Life as we know it has permanently changed and social distancing is now the new norm.
“Our app allows renters to virtually step through different rooms in the property and view a series of short [15 to 45 second] video clips that are designed to connect with the consumer and offer a fully unfiltered viewing – with zero human contact.
“As we evolve and adapt to new ways of working and living, video viewings will become the norm, and pave the way to solve many of the problems around physical viewings.
“With our Home Walkthroughs function, we are looking to empower the renter – enabling them to confidently virtually view as many properties as they’d like, all from the safety and security of their current home and distil the rental process into just 30 seconds of swiping and tapping.
“This is the first of many innovations that will enable Movebubble to be the only platform to offer end to end support, including credit checks, contracts and in-property support.”