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HD Showings is now serving Watauga & Avery counties in North Carolina!

We are proud to announce that HD Showings is now available for real estate listing photography. Air B&B photography,  and vacation rental photography bookings in Watauga & Avery counties, North Carolina!

Thanks to the continued support of our Florida clients, HD Showings is expanding operations into North Carolina in 2023. Photographers Lindsey and Amy will be available for bookings, but advance notice is required and dates are limited. 

All of the products and services available to our Florida clients will also be available in the North Carolina market.

This includes real estate listing photography, vacation rental photography, Air B&B photography, Matterport 3D, Matterport Schematic Floorplans, Zillow 3D Home, Zillow Interactive Floorplans, drone photography and videography, walkthrough videos, twilight photography, community amenity photography, and more!

To book, please contact our office directly at 813-468-3000 or by emailing info@hdshowings.com

We look forward to serving you and creating some amazing media together!

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Article by Lindsey Cox of HD Showings and StratCat SEO & Digital Marketing

What is recyclable in the City of Tampa? A Guide

Recently, the Tampa Solid Waste Department released a statement that much of the city’s residential recycling that is being placed curbside is contaminated.

“Contaminated” in recycling is item that still have food or liquids in them or contain other items that are not recyclable. The city calls much of the contamination a result of “wishcycling”- when well meaning citizens place items in their recycling bins that are not recyclable, unbeknownst to them. 

To aid in raising awareness about what is and is not recyclable, the City of Tampa has created and app that helps residents discover what is and is not recyclable. Similarly, the city has created an infographic (below) for residents to refer to. 

Information and Infographic compliments of The City of Tampa.

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Article by Lindsey Cox of HD Showings and StratCat SEO & Digital Marketing

How long should I leave up my holiday decorations?

If you’re like us, you love the holiday season.

Frankly, this is our favorite time of year and we don’t want it to end! However, the decorations have to come down eventually. The real question is: how long is too long to leave up your holiday decorations? Here is a list of some considerations to help you decide when the best time to take them down might be for you!

If you live in a deed restricted community with a Homeowner’s Association, you might want to check your neighborhood’s bylaws to see if there are any rules in regards to holiday decorations.

Obviously, this rule would apply to outdoor decorations only. Many HOA communities have rules and regulations regarding the appearance of the exterior of your home, and have restrictions regarding landscaping, decorations, signage, etc. If you live in an HOA community, this should be the first place you start.

If you celebrate Christmas, you might want to take part in the “Twelfth Night” tradition to time your holiday decoration removal.

Twelfth night celebrates the days from Christmas Day to Epiphany Eve, which is the day that the 3 wisemen visited Jesus. Some people take their decorations down on Epiphany Eve (January 5th), while others wait until the next day (January 6th). 

If you want to justify leaving your decorations up longer, “Candlemas” might be the right choice for you!

Candlemas is a Catholic tradition that dates back to the 19th century and sees that your Christmas tree stays up until February 2nd. While not all trees will make it this long, those with artificial trees can continue enjoying the spirit well after Christmas Day (christmastreeworld.co)! 

Many Jewish households leave select Hannukah decorations up all year.

It is not unusual for a menorah to stay visible in the home long after Hannukah has ended. The menorah should typically be placed to left of a door on a table near a window (Chicago Jewish News).

Regardless of faith, many people choose to take their holiday decorations down on New Year’s Day.

For many people, this is a great way to “wrap up” the old year and go into the new one anew. Similarly, many people view the end of December a the official end of the season, and therefore your decor should  come down.

The choice about how long to leave up holiday decorations is up to you.

Barring HOA exterior decoration restrictions, it is up to you to decide how long you want to leave your holiday decorations up. Happy New Year everyone!

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Article by Lindsey Cox of HD Showings and StratCat SEO & Digital Marketing

Happy New Year From HD Showings!

We at HD Showings wanted to take a moment to thank all of our customers that helped us make 2022 a knockout year.

We are very thankful to have such an amazing client base that trusts us to aid them in marketing their listings and gives us the creative leeway to produce some beautiful images of incredible homes and businesses. With your helps, HD Showings has remained the predominant real estate photographer collective in the Tampa Bay and surrounding areas and has continued to be on the leading edge of real estate marketing technologies. We sincerely look forward to whatever 2023 brings, and all of our team here at HD Showings wishes you nothing but wealth, health, and happiness in this coming year!

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Article by Lindsey Cox of HD Showings and StratCat SEO & Digital Marketing

Florida Rain and Your Listing Photography Photoshoot

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One inevitable thing about living in Florida is the rain. 

The rain can be sudden and unpredictable, but can pass over in 15 minutes or so. How does this impact your real estate photography shoot? In this post, we will discuss some of our rain policies and offerings.

Our Terms of Service states that cancellations of photoshoots must take place at least 24 hours prior to the scheduled photography time. Photoshoot cancelled within 24 hours of the photoshoot are subject to a $75 fee. 

Nonetheless, we try to be flexible with our clients. If reasonable time accommodations are made for cancellation, we will waive sometimes waive the fee and work with you to find a better day for photos. However, if our photographers are en-route to your property, we will always assess the $75 fee. 

We do not automatically cancel photoshoots due to rain or call prior to travelling to the home.

HD Showings Real Estate & Architectural Photography serves a huge area- Hillsborough, Pasco, and Pinellas counties are our usual service area, but we frequently travel as far as Manatee, Sarasota, Hernando, and Polk counties for an additional fee. It is not unusual for us to be travelling 45 minutes to 1 hour between photoshoots, and we cannot always be sure that the weather is different elsewhere or that it will not clear up prior to our arrival. Similarly, we have encountered many agents that want us to photograph rain or shine. If you need to cancel due to rain, call our office ASAP and we will attempt to cancel within an appropriate window to avoid a late cancel fee- but it is not guaranteed. 

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“It’s too late to cancel, what should I do?”

Your cancellation window ha passed and the photographer is on the way. What are you options?

Option 1 is to proceed wit the photoshoot as planned. We often can photograph exteriors in the rain! Though the pavement and foliage will still appear wet in photos, we replace the skies and brighten everything up free of charge for rainy day shoots! In this instance, you will not incur any additional fees- just what you originally planned on paying. 

Option 2 is to proceed with interiors and have us return another day for exteriors. In this scenario, you would pay the late cancel fee in addition to the cost of however many photos we take of the interiors.

Option 3 is to fully forfeit the shoot and have the photographer return another time. In this scenario, the $75 fee will be incurred in addition to whatever is photographed on the return trip.

We hope this post helped you better understand our policies regarding rain and cancellations.

Please take a moment to review our Terms of Service prior to placing an order with us. Stay dry!

 

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Article by Lindsey Cox of HD Showings and StratCat SEO & Digital Marketing

Refresh Your Listing with a 3D Tour- Special Pricing Until 10/15!

Stale listing sitting on the market? Refresh your listing with a 3D Tour!

Take 25% off any of our 3D Scanning products (Zillow 3D or Matterport) on orders placed before 5 PM on 10/15/2022!* 

Zillow 3D Home– Standard scan allows you to see 360 degrees in every room.  Faster shooting time then Matterport. Prominent banner display on Zillow.com

Interactive Floor Plan Z3D Home- In addition to the standard 3D virtual tour, a detailed floor plan is generated with room measurements and total square footage.

Matterport 3D Showcase– Highly detailed with a more fluid viewing experience. The interface is impressive and highly customizable. We send a long intro and short intro video clip that can be used on social media and also under the video tab in the MLS.

Example-  https://my.matterport.com/show/?m=jarhHXnD7gC&brand=0

 
*Matterport Schematic add on is not valid for this discount. 

Book now and get your listing noticed!

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