This information could boost the value of a house if it is shown to prospective buyers prior to purchase

Future home buyers to have VR tours before purchase

Future home buyers could conduct virtual reality tours before moving in and view the age and state of repair of its infrastructure according to academics at Birmingham City University.

A new report found that new technology such as Building Information Modelling (BIM) could revolutionise the housing industry.

It claims that digital ‘dashboards’ accessed through mobile apps will allow homeowners to monitor a house’s ageing and repair needs, life span predictions for parts and recommendations for regular house servicing.

This information could boost the value of a house if it is shown to prospective buyers prior to purchase.

Virtual reality walkthroughs will also allow prospective buyers to virtually place their own furniture or belongings into a yet-to-be-built house and use augmented reality headsets to travel through each room to see how it would look.

“We’ve seen a push for more digital construction techniques to be used on commercial projects, but no one has really looked at what this could mean for the future of the housing industry,” said project leader Professor David Boyd at Birmingham City University.

“From a buyers’ perspective this could be a real game changer, giving them an increased amount of choice and flexibility as well as the long term maintenance support from housing developers.

“This would give us the chance to connect the operational side of building homes with the process of buying homes which would have far reaching benefits for both builders and buyers.

“We regularly maintain our cars so there’s no reason why we shouldn’t be doing the same with our homes and this would add to the value of homes in much the same way as a full service history does.”

The study was carried out alongside dozens of construction organisations and industry experts.

The report showed that sensors fitted in homes could constantly monitor energy use, decay and building stability and deliver regular reports to smartphones which could help slash emissions and avoid damage to houses.

A recent survey showed that smart technology including smart alarms, thermostats, doors and windows with sensors could make properties more attractive for buyers.

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