"It's cleaner now than when we moved in..."

ChatGPT with vision looks like it could be a complete game-changer in the real estate industry.

Many folks are now starting to get the ChatGPT version with ‘vision’ - meaning you can chat to photos.

I wrote a post a couple of weeks ago with some examples, uploading a photo of some comparables, an unrenovated bathroom, a weird cupboard and some biscuits (because it was morning tea time!)

If you missed that post, it’s here.

Ever since then, I’ve seen all sorts of mind-blowing uses for ChatGPT with vision, for example:

I’ve been thinking about all sorts of ways it can be used in real estate.

Prompt of the Day

While renovating the house, we’ve uncovered a few curious voids, one in particular that was slightly messy:

Uploaded image

My prompt was:

We've just uncovered this void in our house. Can you tell me what's going on here?

Here’s the advice I got:

Certainly, based on the image you've provided, it appears you've uncovered a section of wall during a renovation or remodelling project. Here's my professional assessment:

  1. Stud Wall Construction: The vertical wooden pieces are called studs. They form the primary framework for typical interior walls. The spaces between studs typically accommodate insulation, electrical wiring, or plumbing.

  2. Plumbing: There's visible piping within the cavity. This indicates a connection to a plumbing system. Given the positioning, it might have been used for an old bathroom or kitchen fixture that has since been decommissioned.

  3. Horizontal Supports: The horizontal wooden pieces, also known as noggins or dwangs, are introduced between vertical studs to prevent lateral movement and add rigidity to the structure.

  4. Debris in the Cavity: The debris you're seeing at the bottom could be remnants from construction, deterioration over time, or potential signs of pests. It's imperative to clear this out and ascertain the cause.

Actionable Advice:

  1. Safety First: Before proceeding further, ensure all power and water sources connected to this area are turned off. Exposed wires or pipes can present hazards.

  2. Assessment: Consider bringing in a professional to evaluate the plumbing. It's essential to ensure no active leaks or potential issues with disconnected pipes.

  3. Insulation: If you're planning on sealing this space up again, think about insulation. Proper insulation can enhance energy efficiency, reducing heating and cooling costs. Research shows that adequate insulation can save up to 15% on heating and cooling costs.

  4. Pest Inspection: Given the debris, it might be worthwhile to have a pest control expert inspect the area to rule out infestations.

In conclusion, while uncovering unexpected spaces or elements in a home can be surprising, it offers an opportunity for improvements and updates. Making informed decisions now can lead to increased comfort and potential savings in the future.

So I wonder, for you property managers who see that sort of mess (and worse) all the time:

Can ChatGPT tell whether it’s ‘wear and tear’ or ‘deliberate damage’? If you experiment, let me know in the comments how you go 👇🏻

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