Looking To Sell Your Home During COVID-19? Follow These 6 Tips For Success
The world might be facing a global pandemic emergency, but you can still sell your home. Yes, that’s right, while residents of Westchester County might, like most of the United States, be restricted by shelter in place and social distancing rules, it’s still possible to continue on with your real estate goals. We’ve outlined some selling tips during coronavirus, to help you as you navigate this process during these unprecedented times.
Keep it clean
Everyone is talking about cleaning these days — washing your hands, keeping high touch surfaces, like doorknobs, spotless, and generally being aware of what we touch. If you are putting your home on the market, now is the time to keep it extra clean, too. A deep clean is always recommended, with special attention to hard to reach areas like ceilings, and sometimes overlooked areas, like windows. Now, when you might have your agent or potential buyers in your home, taking your cleaning up a notch will keep everyone at ease, and also have your home looking its best.
Get creative with staging
You might already be familiar with staging — that action of making your home an inviting space that can appeal to a wide audience — and wondering how it is possible to get your home staged when you might be limited by using what you already have inside of it. You can follow some DIY tips, by first removing clutter, and creating space in your rooms, perhaps by moving furniture from one to another. Removing heavy drapes can add light, as can bringing in some greenery, fresh flowers, or even a bowl of fresh fruit into living areas. Some professional stagers will even offer virtual consultations, especially now, where they will assess your home on video and advise you about what you can do to help it look its best without having to completely redecorate.
While we might be social distancing, life still has to go on and more and more people are using video conferencing for everything from workouts, to lunch dates, to classes. The same goes for showing your home and marketing a house during coronavirus. That’s not to say that you won’t show your home in-person at all during this time, you likely will when you find that perfect buyer, but virtual showings will be your most powerful tool to show off your home in the meantime. Your agent can open your home up to a virtual open house, following the same format as a regular open house, but virtually. You can also schedule appointments individually with potential buyers, and create a video tour that can be available to anyone who is interested in your home. The best strategy might be a combination of all three tools and you can work with your agent to coordinate these alternative showing options.
In tandem with organizing virtual showings, you’ll want to gather everything that potential buyers might want to know about your home — information about warranties, repairs, renovations, inspections, etc. — and have this readily available to share in a digital file. The key is to work with your agent to anticipate questions that might arise, and have the documentation ready to share to save time searching for or requesting copies of files. You might already have this paperwork ready, and then it’s just a matter of scanning it or taking photos to consolidate everything into an easily-accessible file.
While in-person showings will be limited during Covid-19, they can’t be eliminated completely. You will likely invite your agent to your home for virtual showings, and when you find that perfect buyer, they will want to see your home at least once so they can make their final decision. It’s possible to do this safely if you follow some guidelines: If possible, allow your agent into your home while you and your family are elsewhere and ask them to wash their hands as soon as they arrive. If your agent is showing a buyer around, only allow one agent and one buyer at a time and require everyone to wash their hands when they arrive, maintain social distance, and even, wearing masks for extra safety. When you return to your home, clean all high-touch surfaces like doorknobs and handles.
While it might seem overwhelming to sell a home during Covid-19, it doesn’t have to be. Working with your agent to come up with a game plan is our number one strategy, to help you stay calm and sell your home so you can move in to your next one.
July 31, 2017
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