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Are you trying to find the best virtual staging service on the Internet?
Make sure to check out our Phixer virtual staging review before you make any decisions about which online real estate marketing service to use.
In this post, we take an in-depth look at the virtual staging services offered by Phixer and compare them to another favorite, PhotoUp.
We’ll conduct a comprehensive Phixer virtual staging review, looking at the ordering process, payments, quality of furniture library, and responsiveness of their support.
Let’s get started with an easy-to-read comparison table between Phixer’s services and 2021’s best virtual staging provider, PhotoUp:
|Current Ranking||5th of 19||1st of 19|
|Best For||agents||best overall|
|Cost per Image||$30.00 per image||$25.00 per image|
|Turnaround Time||12-48 hours||12-48 hours|
|Design Styles||6 design styles||6 design styles|
|Room Types||12 or more room types||12 or more room types|
|Cost per Image||$30.00 per image|
|Cost of Revision||$10.00 per revision|
|Turnaround Time||12-48 hours||12-48 hours|
|Interface||good & easy to learn||good & easy to learn|
|Realism||very realistic||very realistic|
|Response Time||3 hours||5 minutes|
|Provider Review||Full Review||Full Review|
Phixer’s story begins in 2009 in Seattle with a team who set out to ‘make marketing for real estate beautiful, simple, and effective utilizing AI-powered software to increase efficiency for their clients.
When they found they could no longer keep up with demand, Phixer decided to set up an office first in India, then the Philippines.
They built a formidable team capable of handling and editing thousands of real estate images every single day, while running the business from the US.
The company’s business model has proven to be successful, which is similar to PhotoUp in many ways.
Overall, they have a very good reputation and I’m looking forward to using their service.
Virtual Staging Examples
I wanted to experience the range of the company’s virtual staging services, so I selected three rooms for review; a living room, a master bedroom, and a kitchen/dining room.
I’ve used the same three shots across all prior reviews (listed at the end of the post), so you can get a good sense of the results by comparing what other providers have done.
Here are the Phixer results displayed in a slider:
This room was well laid out.
I liked the proportions of the furniture and the choice of the ottoman stools in the foreground.
Also, the photo frames and plants on the sideboard look very authentic and give it a nice, homely feel.
Good render quality and realism all round.
However, I would have liked a curtain or blind on the window, but that seems to be a personal choice.
This is a lovely and thoughtful presentation.
The hanging lamps, the color scheme, chair and photos.
It works really well. No notes!
Kitchen / Dining Room:
The olive stools really pop in this photo, but I was also hoping for a fridge.
And they didn’t cover up the scratch on the floor like I’d hoped.
It’s also a bit sparse down the passageway, so this is my least favorite of the three options.
But overall, I was very impressed with the choice of furniture, placement, and general artistic value in the work.
For the next part of the Phixer virtual staging review, we’ll go step-by-step through the ordering process.
Ordering From Phixer
1. Signing Up for an Account
The Phixer journey begins with the big blue button in the upper right corner that says “Sign Up.”
That leads to a form, where you enter your personal details and create your account.
The “Projects dashboard” is simple and clean, with lots of white space and is easy to understand.
You click “Create“ to start your first project.
Next, you select the kind of service you’re looking for. In my case, it’s virtual staging, but there are various photo editing options, too.
On this page, the “Project Details” slider is a great feature that helps you navigate through Phixer’s workflow.
The first task is to decide whether you want to pay extra for their 24-hour service, as opposed to the regular 48-hour option.
Once you’ve decided what service to go for, you simply choose the images you wish to upload.
2. Uploading a Project
This brings you to the more creative decisions, but it’s still very simple.
First, you select furniture styles from a drop-down menu and assign a room type to each of your images.
Then, the “View Samples” button brings up a really well-designed slider with examples of that style across various room types.
The final step before payment is to decide if you need any decluttering done on your photograph.
There’s a $10 fee, which is added to your bill if you select that service.
When you’re done, you click “Submit.”
And in the next step, you fill in your credit card details.
One thing to note, Phixer only charges your card once they’ve delivered the results, which is a nice touch.
On Phixer’s website, the furniture library is called the “Virtual Staging catalog.”
It looks impressive at first glance but is actually a bit thin.
When you pick one of the rooms and one of the styles, there are usually only one or two results on the slider.
Not too bad, but not up to the standard that Phixer has been setting so far.
Getting the Results
The finished images came through from Phixer much quicker than I expected.
It hadn’t even been ten hours when I got an email saying the images were ready.
With that said, clicking on the email takes you to this page.
For a few moments, I was confused, waiting to see my images load.
But nothing was happening.
Only then did I remember that I needed to make the payment first, as they had mentioned earlier.
But I assumed it was going to happen automatically. So, then I clicked the “Checkout Project” button and completed my order.
Virtual Staging Quality
The quality of Phixer’s work was excellent. Not only the process, but the final results as well.
For starters, the choices of furniture, style, placement, and render quality were very pleasing.
Although the absence of a fridge and curtains was a bit disappointing and the scuff marks on the dining room floor should have been covered, these issues were quite minor in totality.
Second, I thought the placement of furniture was interesting in the dining room/kitchen. But the fridge was clearly a digital image.
My favorite room was the master bedroom, and the living room was a close second, but the kitchen/dining room felt a little rushed.
The support system that Phixer uses is simple and effective, and they explain it quite clearly with a pop-up guide.
To ask for a revision, you click on the part of the image you’re not happy with and leave a comment. As you can see in this example…
I asked them to cover up the ugly marks on the wooden floor in the dining room/kitchen.
And four hours later, an email arrived notifying me that the revision was done.
However, that was when I realized there was a $10 revision fee, even on the first correction, and I didn’t have the budget to follow through.
But from what I can see, I have no doubt they would have come up with an elegant solution.
Pros and Cons of Phixer
To give you a quick overview, here are the pros and cons of Phixer:
|Ease of use||Less personal experience compared to PhotoUp|
|Artistic quality||No free revisions|
|Competitive price||Costs add up quickly|
Verdict: Is Phixer’s Virtual Staging Worth It?
At the end of the day, I was satisfied with my Phixer virtual staging review and the service they offered.
Phixer’s service is clear, simple and fast, which puts them in the same league as PhotoUp.
Their initial pricing for virtual staging is competitive, although PhotoUp delivers more at a lower price point.
Adding the decluttering features would cause the overall cost to rise quickly, and the fact that a revision costs $10 makes them a lot more expensive than PhotoUp.
At the end of the day, I think that Phixer is offering a good virtual staging service, but you do need a decent budget if you want to be able to control the final product.
If you’re happy to give over completely to the tastes of the Phixer designers then you can keep costs down. But on balance, I would stick to PhotoUp as the more affordable option that gives the same quality.
I hope you found this Phixer virtual staging review useful for your decision-making. If you’re still undecided on which service to use, I recommend that you check out the following reviews as well:
- PhotoUp Virtual Staging Review: The Best Virtual Staging Service?
- Virtually Staging Properties Review
- 3D Stagers Virtual Staging Review
- Rooomy Virtual Staging Review
- VSH Media Virtual Staging Review
- Stuccco Virtual Staging Review
- VS24 Virtual Staging Review
- BoxBrownie Virtual Staging Review
- Styldod Virtual Staging Review
- Virtual Staging Solutions Review
- VRX Staging Review