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Tips for Showing Your Home Safely and Successfully During the Pandemic

Showing Homes during Pandemic

Article Courtesy of Shirley Martin, Tidylifetoday.com, shirley@tidylifetoday.com

Selling your property always comes with a few challenges, but COVID-19 has complicated things even further. However, that doesn’t mean it’s impossible to sell your home and keep everyone safe in the process. Below, learn about the steps you’ll want to take when preparing, listing, and showing your home so you can get the best results possible.  

Get a Feel for the Market 

Anytime you get ready to list your house, it’s a good idea to check what other homes are selling for in the area. Checking other listings may also give you insight on how to stage or photograph your home to keep up with the trends. 

By doing research, you’ll also get a sense of how competitive the market is. In Austin, for example, some homes go pending in as little as 8 days. Because the market is so competitive, you are likely to get multiple offers, and you may have sellers willing to waive contingencies. 

Cleaning, Organizing, and Making Repairs  

Regardless of whether you’re in a buyer’s or seller’s market, you’ll want to make sure your home is presentable and that deal-breaking repairs are handled. How Stuff Works explains that in many cases, it’s best to forego major renovations and stick to smaller projects that are easier to handle. Overhauling the kitchen or bathroom is expensive if you want to do it right, and you’re unlikely to get a full return on your investment. 

Fixing things that might come up on a home inspection report, such as electrical issues or HVAC repairs, is a good starting point. You can also increase the wow factor of your home by doing cosmetic projects such as putting down a fresh coat of paint or sprucing up your landscaping. 

To truly make your home look its best, you’ll also want to spend some time decluttering and depersonalizing your space. Clutter instantly detracts from the potential of your home. Likewise,   family photos, knickknacks and even decorations that show your religious or political views can make it harder for buyers to see themselves calling your house their home. 

Making an Impression with Your Listing

After cleaning up, decluttering, and making repairs, you’ll be well on your way to having a great listing. When you’re finally ready to list your home, it’s important to think about hiring a real estate agent. Not only can an agent help craft the perfect listing, they can also help you later down the road when it comes to making negotiations and completing the sale.   

Keep in mind that in today’s market, most buyers expect to be able to tour your home online in one way or another. You can offer a virtual tour of your home through a video walkthrough. If you’re working with an agent, they can usually take care of photos and virtual tours for you. You can also make a virtual tour yourself, but keep in mind it will be harder to achieve a professional look. 

How to Handle Showings 

Even though pandemic restrictions are being lifted in most places, buyers might still be hesitant to tour homes in person. In response, some realtors will virtually walk clients through your home by offering live video tours. However, in-person tours are still a possibility. For any in-person tours, you will want to follow the same etiquette you normally would, such as leaving the house. 

Regardless of whether tours are done virtually or in person, it’s important to make sure the house is clean and tidy beforehand. If you’re working from home or the kids are stuck indoors, you’ll want to give yourself extra time to clean up any messes before showings. Disinfecting high-touch surfaces right before you head out will also give buyers and agents more peace of mind. 

Even after the pandemic is over, some of the changes to real estate will probably be here to stay. Knowing how to make your home stand out online and how to conduct virtual tours will help you find success whether you sell now or in the future. 

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