Protecting Your Home During The Coronavirus While Selling It
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has several recommendations for protecting your home during the coronavirus and this translates into how you can protect your home when trying to sell your home during this pandemic. The good thing about this is that by following these guidelines you can protect your family as much as possible. But it’s also a reassurance to buyers that you have taken an extra precautionary step to protect them too.
Here are a few recommendations to follow before and after you show your home to a prospective buyer.
Home Prep Recommendations to Consider
- Don’t show your home if you or someone else in your home is sick or begins feeling sick.
- Clean all surfaces using soap and water or other sanitizing products if you have them. This includes all doorknobs, light switches, tables, countertops, appliance doors and handles, cabinets, cabinet handles, drawers, toilets, toilet handles, faucets, sink handles, and any other surface that is frequently touched. And don’t forget to disinfect exterior areas before and after a home tour as well. This could include sunroom screen doors, shed doors, fence gate handles, etc.
- Mop all hard flooring surfaces with a disinfecting product. Just remember to check with the manufacturers cleaning recommendations before doing so.
- Select a product from the EPA list of registered household disinfectants you can use to effectively disinfect your home to help protect against the coronavirus.
- Read the CDC detailed disinfection guide for more information on how to properly disinfect your home.
Other Considerations Before Selling a Home During the Coronavirus
Although we do recommend selling a house during the coronavirus and not to wait until the pandemic has passed, now might not be the right time for everyone. Here are some things to consider before putting your house on the market during the coronavirus.
Are You in a High-Risk Category?
Are you in a high-risk category for being more susceptible to the coronavirus? If so, it would be wise to hold off until this pandemic is well behind us.
Do You Have Somewhere Else to Go If Your Home Sells Quickly?
There is a good chance your home will sell more quickly than usual. If that happens do you already have another home to go to? Or do you have a safe place you can stay in the interim? This is an important question because some cities, counties, and states are on lockdown right now so it’s of the utmost importance to verify that you will be able to travel to that new home now versus having to wait until the pandemic danger has passed.
Are You Emotionally Fit Enough to Sell Your Home Right Now?
This is another extremely important question to consider because selling a home is tough enough when there’s not a pandemic. Selling a house during the coronavirus adds another several layers of stress to the process. Therefore, you have to be certain you and your family are able to handle a home sale and move at this time.
Do You Have a Backup Plan?
During these uncertain times, you will need a backup plan of what you will do if you sell your home and your plans for your new location fall through. The seller of your new home might contract the coronavirus and be unable to sell their home and move for an undetermined amount of time. This pandemic could get worse and the government could issue nationwide stay-at-home orders. Will you be prepared if that happens? What will you do if you have sold your home and one of your family members contracts the coronavirus, do you have a plan in place as to where you will go and how you will protect those around you during the move?
Now is time to think outside of the box when it comes to selling your home and the move that is to follow. Being prepared for every possible scenario is the key to a smooth transition regardless of any hurdles that might get in your way.
The Best Advice for Selling Your Home During the Coronavirus
Your best bet for selling your home during the coronavirus is to only consider a real estate agent who can provide you with untraditional services such as virtual 3D tours, video walkthroughs, and aerial photos. You should also consider asking your chosen real estate agent if he/she is willing to negotiate via teleconferencing and if he/she has access to e-signing programs.
All of these efforts result in less in-person contact which will reduce your chances of contracting and/or spreading the coronavirus. And not only that but, this new way of selling a home will save you quite a bit of time and hassle. This is because you won’t have to leave your home as often while buyers tour your home or have to leave your home for as long when you do have a buyer’s tour scheduled. And, as we mentioned above, anyone who is looking to buy a home during the coronavirus is more than likely a serious buyer, so it’s a win-win for everyone all around.
If you would like more information about buying a home during the coronavirus please Contact Us today. United Realty Group is committed to providing you with as safe as possible alternative to selling your home during the coronavirus and beyond. We are capable of providing you with virtual 3D tours, video walkthroughs, aerial photographs, teleconferencing negotiations, and e-signing programs.