Selling Your Home in the Time of Coronavirus
In just a handful of weeks, COVID-19 has almost completely changed the way we all live and work. Avoiding people—and most especially, gatherings of all kinds—has not only become the norm, but it can even be a noble gesture that potentially saves lives. Unfortunately, this makes many things that rely heavily on personal interaction difficult, such as selling your home, for one. It’s simply not smart to have strangers traipsing through your home and possibly spreading germs and viruses these days, which does beg the question of how on earth are you ever going to get your house sold?
It’s a strange time, yes. But thankfully, we actually do have the resources and tools to improvise—and yes, even when it comes to selling your home. Not only is this what the new normal demands, but it’s also the best way to spare yourself and your family from the potential infection of COVID-19—and still potentially make a killing out of your home’s sale to boot. Let’s explore the measures you can take.
Safe Home Improvements
Certain home improvements have been known to boost a property’s value, not to mention its ability to spend less time on the market before getting snapped up by a keen buyer. No doubt, your property will stand to benefit from an improvement or two before it goes on the market. However, this can be next to impossible to pull off with the prevalent social distancing rules in place.
Needless to say, your best bet is to go for home renovation projects that you can DIY during the quarantine. As a rule, you’ll want to choose projects that increase your home’s sellability and value, but, of course, not at the expense of your family getting exposed and sick, so you’ll want to opt for something that’s simple and cost-effective, yet has an impact. A fresh coat of paint can be a great option, in this regard, as are landscaping and room makeovers.
Of course, as you show your home to buyers, you’ll want to make sure that it shines in the brightest light. How quickly the property will get snapped up hinges heavily on how well it connects with potential buyers, so you will undoubtedly need to keep it clean, organized, and clutter-free. The key is to keep it consistent, but this can also be made more challenging when your family is sheltering in place and making more messes than normal.
But again, this is far from being an insurmountable undertaking. You can, in fact, organize your house to make it look its best for showings by going about it systematically and room by room. Doing so will ensure that you leave no stone unturned and no visible surface unkempt, which will be truly vital as you begin the selling process.
Tech You Can Use
Now, traditional open houses have become a thing of the past almost overnight, thanks to the coronavirus. So like almost everything these days, the real estate world has taken to leveraging technology and holding virtual showings and open house live streams. It’s truly a clever way to go about the process—not to mention, hygienic and perfectly safe. Best of all, you can do live walkthroughs with Facebook, FaceTime, and most other social network platforms you already have.
If you want to go deeper and really showcase your home’s more appealing qualities and features, there are several other specialty tech tools that you can use, as well. These include, but are not limited to, 3D walkthroughs, interactive floor plans, and more—making use of virtual reality technology to put potential home buyers inside the property without having to leave the safety and comfort of their own couches.
COVID-19 may have changed the world, but it’s still no match for human ingenuity and resilience. And with technology on your side, it will truly take more than a virus to keep you from selling your home successfully.