Just like everything else these days (hello, Zoom meetings and FaceTime happy hours), apartment tours have gone virtual.

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected every aspect of daily life, and apartment hunting is no exception. When searching for a new place, it’s natural that you would want to inspect every square inch of a prospective apartment. The good news is that in-person viewings aren’t the only route apartment-seekers can use to find a new home.

What is a Virtual Apartment Tour?

Virtual apartment tours – or an online, 360-degree overview of an apartment—have long been a popular option for people searching for an apartment from out of town. Today, walking through an apartment via your screen has become the standard for touring during the pandemic and lockdown orders.

How to Take a Virtual Apartment Tour

Not only are virtual apartment tours a safer alternative to seeing a property in person, they allow future residents to understand the floorplan in as much detail as possible. Here are some tips for taking a virtual apartment tour of your potential new home.


  • Do your research and verify your information. It’s a good idea to confirm the apartment you are viewing during the virtual tour is representative of the apartment you’ll be moving into. Ask the leasing agent for a floor plan, and examine it carefully to get a sense of the room size and layout. Pay close attention to the details you can (and can’t) see in the virtual tour so you can compare to the listing photos.


  • Ask a lot of questions. There are probably things on your apartment amenities wish list—like good water pressure or noise-proof windows—that can’t be conveyed via virtual tour. That means, more than ever, you need to know what questions to ask. What are the views like from the windows? How many units are on the same floor? Where are the elevators located? If you are looking at a furnished apartment option, be sure to ask what’s included.


  • Check out the neighborhood. Your future neighborhood is just as important as the apartment itself. Use Google Map’s street views to see what’s nearby, including schools, parks, restaurants, shopping centers, and public transportation. You can also drive by the community to see for yourself that the building and surrounding areas are well maintained.


Stay Safe with a Virtual Apartment Tour at Southern Management

No matter the reason for your move, Southern Management strives to make your apartment search comfortable and convenient during these unprecedented times.

Now that you know how to take a virtual apartment tour, “visit” any of our 75 apartment communities throughout Maryland and Virginia to find the perfect location and floor plan. Our helpful team members are available to answer questions about amenities, pricing, lease terms, and more. Once you’ve settled on a new place, check out our guide for practicing social distancing while moving.

Contact our team for a phone consultation or to learn more about our online application process. We can’t wait to welcome you home!