- Written by Candice
You plan on selling but suddenly the national pandemic of the coronavirus has you rethinking if you should sell. With record low-interest rates, there are serious buyers for the housing market.
If you plan to sell during a pandemic, here's how to do so:
Offer virtual 360 tours in lieu of in-person tours.
These virtual tours simulate the experience of walking through the rooms and halls of a home. There's no need to practice social distancing at a showing. Buyers tour the property 24/7 from the comfort of his/her computer or mobile device. No need to keep your home showing ready. The 360 virtual tour provides a neverending open house to get your home sold. Tell your real estate agent that you want the real estate photographer to also create a self-guided 360 virtual tour for your listing in addition to expert photography.
Leave doors to bedrooms, closets, and pantry open and turn on all lights.
Even with an amazing virtual tour, serious buyers want to tour the property in person. Remove the need for buyers to need to touch high-touch areas such as door handles and light switches. Tour your own home as a buyer would to get a full picture of what doors buyers will be opening and open it for them so they won't have to do so. After a showing is complete, disinfect door handles and light switches. Give special attention to the front door into the property, doors to the backyard, and doors to the garage. Your realtor will include in the showing notes that doors, light switches, and other aspects of the property should not be touched. You can also request your realtor verify with all buyers that they have not had contact with anyone with the coronavirus or exhibiting any symptoms of illness.
Prepare to handle all aspects via email or phone.
Documents are typically signed and shared electronically, but buyers and sellers sometimes come in the real estate office for face-to-face contact or to drop off items such as the earnest money or option fee. If you need to do so in person, expect to drop items off into a dropbox instead of to the receptionist. Your real estate agent can guide you on what can be handled electronically, such as paying the option fee online via GoOptionPay.
Know that this too shall pass.
One thing that always remains constant is our need for a place to live. Regardless of if the housing market is up or down, there are always buyers looking to purchase a home. Share your concerns with your real estate agent so he/she can help you through any stress or anxiety during this time.