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BoxBrownie is an impressive player in the real estate photography world. They’re an Australian company that has built a large, well-oiled machine that offers quality real estate marketing services across multiple industries beyond residential real estate and into areas like automotive and online retail services. 

How do they rate in our survey when measured against the number one virtual staging service from PhotoUp?

Take a look at the comparison right here: 

Overall Rating
4.0 4.5
2021 Ranking 2 of 4 1 of 4
Cost per Image $24.00 per image $25.00 per image
Turnaround Time 12-24 hours 24-48 hours
Furniture
Online Library no yes
Interior Design Style Count 9 or more design styles 9 or more design styles
Room Type Count 12 or more room types 12 or more room types
Pricing
Cost per Image $24.00 per image $25.00 per image
Cost of Revision free revisions free revisions
Volume Discount no no
Ordering
Turnaround Time 12-24 hours 24-48 hours
Weekend Service no yes
Interface yes and easy to learn yes and easy to learn
Quality
Realism Quite Good Very Realistic
Placement Natural Natural
Set Design Okay Good
Support
Email yes yes
Chat yes yes
USA Phone yes yes
Response Time 8 minutes 5 minutes
Website boxbrownie.com photoup.net
Overall Rating
4.0
  • 2021 ranking: 2nd of 4
  • $24.00 per image
  • 12-24 hours turnaround time
boxbrownie.com
4.5
  • 2021 ranking: 1st of 4
  • $25.00 per image
  • 24-48 hours turnaround time
photoup.net
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Furniture Library
  • online library: no
  • 9 or more design styles of interior design
  • 12 or more room types
  • online library: yes
  • 9 or more design styles of interior design
  • 12 or more room types
Pricing
  • $24.00 per image
  • free revisions
  • volume discount: no
  • $25.00 per image
  • free revisions
  • volume discount: no
Ordering
  • 12-24 hours turnaround time
  • weekend service: no
  • interface: yes and easy to learn
  • 24-48 hours turnaround time
  • weekend service: yes
  • interface: yes and easy to learn
Quality
  • realism: Quite Good
  • placement: Natural
  • set design: Okay
  • realism: Very Realistic
  • placement: Natural
  • set design: Good
Support
  • email: yes
  • chat: yes
  • USA phone: yes
  • response time: 8 minutes
  • email: yes
  • chat: yes
  • USA phone: yes
  • response time: 5 minutes

BoxBrownie Virtual Staging Overview 

Based out of the Sunshine Coast in Australia, BoxBrownie has been a true internet success story. Co-founder Mel Myers is known as Australia’s youngest ever university student, and he has built a very successful photo editing company that runs a high volume, low margin business and is driven by a technology stack that is highly automated.

Virtual Staging Examples

The virtual starting services that BoxBrownie offered were delivered quickly and were of a high standard. They interpreted my notes very well and the Scandinavian style furniture that they used was well placed and looked realistic. 

Take a look at the before and after examples below. 

The lamp and bedside table in the bedroom were a highlight, and the kitchen/living space was the most realistic of the set. In the living room, it felt slightly cramped and I thought they could have used the space a little better. 

BoxBrownie has a wide variety of services available, ranging from real estate photo editing to 3D renders and even copywriting for residential and commercial real estate. They work with photographers, homeowners, and realtors but virtual staging does stand out as their primary service. 

Ordering From BoxBrownie

The ordering process with BoxBrownie is a slick, well-oiled machine.

Signing up is quick and painless and it takes very little time before you start interacting with the system to upload your images and select your furniture and other preferences.

They guide you through the steps, keeping all the major decisions around room types and style on one page, and offer space for you to give any specific directions to the designers. 

The payment gateway was also smooth and offered no major surprises. There is also a helpful dashboard at the end of the process that lets you easily monitor the status of your order. 

BoxBrownie’s Virtual Staging Workflow:

1. Start a “New Job” and Select a Service

Ordering From BoxBrownie

2. Choose Image Enhancement Type

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3. Create Job Title, Upload Photos, and Select Furniture Style

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4. Add Preferences (room name, item removal, furniture style, etc.)

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5. Upload

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6. Checkout

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7. Review and Download

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Furniture Library

BoxBrownie doesn’t offer a furniture library to consumers, but they use tasteful pieces and good use of color to liven up an interior. The selection of room types comes from a drop-down menu, and the styles on order are well laid out to help you make your selection. 

Virtual Staging Quality

The quality of the furniture is good and the size of the files makes downloads easy for overloaded laptops. No tricky zip files to navigate along the way, which is a bonus. 

There is no doubt that BoxBrownie offers a quality virtual staging service. 

The quality of the furniture is good, the renders are clean and the size of the files make downloads quick and easy.

Clearly, there was also a good interior design eye behind the placement of furniture and the way that they organized the various pieces in each of the rooms was satisfactory. 

When it came to downloading completed images, I was pleased to discover there were no tricky zip files to navigate along the way, which is a bonus. 

BoxBrownie Support

I decided to test out the chat function to see how responsive Boxbrownie support was. Turns out, it was surprisingly efficient. When you reach out via Chat, a real person is assigned to you, answers your questions and waits to hear if you have any more. They were knowledgeable and efficient and to be honest, it was one of the best features of the BoxBrownie process.

BoxBrownie Conclusion

At the end of the day, one can see why BoxBrownie is one of the most respected brands when it comes to virtual staging. Alongside PhotoUp they deliver high-quality products and they make it easy for the consumer to navigate. 

But with the wide array of industries they service, it’s tough to pin them down as a company focused on just the real estate industry or real estate photographers specifically. 

With the cost of one virtual staging image starting at $24, there was little to complain about in terms of price. That said, I found the absence of a furniture library on BoxBrownie and slow customer support to be a bit disappointing. All things considered, the responsive support and extra attention to detail with PhotoUp were slightly more to my liking.