Virtual reality has been making waves in the gaming and entertainment industries, where it brings users right into the action. Now the technology is starting to affect home building and design, as we discovered at 2016 Design & Construction Week in Las Vegas. It’s still early days, but if you’re building a new home or remodeling the one you have, see if the pros you’re working with have started leveraging the rich potential of virtual reality.

When it comes to home improvement, Lowe’s is the biggest name in virtual reality. Its Holoroom, which we experienced at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show, lets you redesign your home without spending a dime. Smaller companies are getting into the action, each with a unique value proposition to consumers. 

The Canadian company Cadsoft has a product called Personal Architect Software that sells for $100. It lets you create the floor plan, then drop in whatever elements you like, including appliances, fixtures, and even paint colors. Another VR company is 2020, whose software you’ll recognize if you’ve ever used Ikea’s virtual planner. The next generation of the technology, called Ideal Spaces, will allow you to pull in products from other retailers. It will even keep a running tab of the costs so you can stick to your budget.              

Both applications use a VR headset that lets you walk through your new space to see exactly how it will look in real life. Any elements you don’t like you can fix before the real work has even begun. That could go a long way towards reducing the remorse that affects buyers and remodelers alike.