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FAQ's.

WHAT'S REQUIRED FOR THE TRIAL JOB?

We require up to 20 photos in JPEG format (including meta data) and a sketch floor plan. We do all post production so you won’t need to worry about editing or enhancing your photos.

We will need to see a 360° trial job but not at the first trial job stage.

I'M APPLYING FOR A PHOTOGRAPHY JOB, WHY DO I NEED TO DRAW A FLOOR PLAN TOO?

We work with estate agencies all over the UK, photos and a floor plan are required by them to put the property on the market.

All we need from you is a very basic hand drawn sketch, we take care of the professional drawing. More information can be found on our YouTube playlist.

WHAT PROPERTY DO I USE FOR THE TRIAL JOB?

You can use any property you have access to. Your own property, a friend or family member, even a show home.

HOW DO I SEND YOU MY TRIAL JOB?

Please upload your photos and sketch floor plan to focaltransfer.com sending them to onboarding@focalagent.com.

CAN YOU PROVIDE ANY TIPS AND TRICKS ON PROPERTY PHOTOGRAPHY TO HELP ME WITH THE TRIAL JOB?

Yes we have some great tips on our YouTube channel. After we receive your trial job we’ll also provide feedback.

I'VE NEVER DRAWN A FLOOR PLAN BEFORE, CAN YOU PROVIDE ANY GUIDANCE?

Yes we have some great tips on our YouTube channel. After we receive your trial job we’ll also provide feedback.

I'VE NEVER DONE 360° PHOTOGRAPHY BEFORE, CAN YOU PROVIDE ANY GUIDANCE?

Yes, full training is provided. We’ll discuss this with you further into the application process as you’ll require a log in for our Smart Viewing platform.

If you want to get a head start you can check out our brief here.

WHAT 360° CAMERA DO YOU RECOMMEND?

We recommend the Ricoh Theta Z1.

WHAT EQUIPMENT DO I NEED?

DSLR camera, wide angle lens (10mm FF, 16mm CF), tripod, external flashgun, laser measurer, graph paper, pencil, rubber and a 360° camera.

WHAT INSURANCES DO I NEED?

We require you to have professional indemnity insurance with a minimum cover of £50,000 and public liability insurance with a minimum cover of £100,000.

We’re unable to offer advice on which insurance company to use but we recommend checking out price comparison sites.

WHAT IS A DBS CHECK AND HOW DO I APPLY FOR ONE?

A DBS check (formerly CRB) contains details of convictions and conditional cautions that are considered to be unspent under the terms of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (ROA) 1974.

We require you to have a basic DBS check, you can apply for this on the governments website.

HOW MUCH DO YOU PAY?

For photography, floor plan and 360° Vieweet jobs we pay a flat rate of £45 per property.

For photography, floor plan and 360° Matterport jobs we pay a flat rate of £50 per property.

For photography and floor plan only orders we pay £30 per property, however 90% of our jobs include 360°.

We also pay an additional £10 for properties over 2000sqft or with 6 bedrooms or more.

We'll let you know which 360° jobs we require from you during your application.

I'VE SENT YOU MY TRIAL JOB BUT NOT HEARD BACK FROM YOU, DID YOU RECEIVE IT?

Rest assured your trial job has been received. We receive hundreds of applications every day from all over the UK so please bear with us as we work through them all.

HOW FAR WILL I BE EXPECTED TO TRAVEL?

All of your jobs will be within a 15 mile radius from your home (unless otherwise agreed).

DO YOU PAY TRAVEL EXPENSES?

We don’t pay travel expenses; we would never give you work outside a 15 mile radius from your home (unless otherwise agreed).

DO I HAVE TO DRIVE?

No, you can use any method of transport you like.

HOW DO I BOOK IN JOBS?

You manage your own diary so it’s up to you to liaise with the keyholder a convenient time to attend the property.

When ordering, the keyholder has the option to choose time slots they’ll be available; this will make it easier for you to book in jobs.

DO YOU HAVE ANY CURRENT RESTRICTIONS OR GUIDELINES DUE TO COVID-19?

You must follow current guidelines for your country and local area and not attend jobs if you or any of your household or bubble are showing symptoms.

You will be required to wear PPE in properties and must wash your hands regularly.

We’ll require you to sign a ‘safe to work’ form before accepting jobs. Further advice will be given during your application process.