We know things feel a little uncertain while we’re in the middle of a pandemic, but you should always feel confident while selling your home. It’s a significant undertaking even under normal circumstances, but there are a few things to know if you plan to sell right now or in the near future. For those who need them, we have some tips on selling a home through COVID-19:
Find the right agent
This one might seem like a no-brainer, but a seasoned agent is more crucial than ever in selling your home. They’ll have in-depth knowledge on what’s happening on the market and they’ll be able to guide you through everything. They’ll also be helpful in marketing your home while also staying compliant with state safety guidelines, through digital marketing or virtual tours (more on that later). Selling your home is a huge decision, and doing so during a pandemic can certainly add extra stress. Working with a trusted, communicative agent or team will make all the difference.
Clean, clean and clean again
It’s not exactly an ideal time to have strangers looking through your house, but there are extra steps you can take to keep things as sanitary as possible. First, check your specific locations to make sure open houses are permissible. If you’re comfortable having tours or a controlled open house, make sure protective coverings like masks, gloves, shoe coverings and wipes are present. Before and after a potential buyer pays a visit, disinfect surfaces like switches, door knobs, drawer handles and water faucets. The same goes for before and after an inspection.
Virtual tours and open houses have increased in popularity, and we don’t think that trend is going away anytime soon. But there are other parts of the home-buying process that are going digital as well. Appraisals and closings are all starting to take place virtually to minimize in-person meetings and additional foot traffic. Your agent should be able to help you find other professionals who will try to be flexible with your comfort level.
Ultimately, selling your home should be a seamless process, even during a pandemic. If you have any specific questions on selling a home through COVID-19, feel free to reach out to our team!
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