5 Tips To Selling Your House During a Coronavirus Outbreak
These are scary times and unchartered territory. Announcements and closures are updated daily. We haven’t seen anything close to this in our lifetime. And no one knows for sure how long we are going to be in this situation.
As situations change daily during this pandemic, its imperative that we listen to local governments and health officials as to what we can and cannot do. Some areas are really hard hit while other areas haven’t been hit yet.
If you find yourself in a crisis where you have already bought a new house but still have a house to sell, CONTACT your bank as SOON AS POSSIBLE.
But if you need to sell your house during the coronavirus, there are 5 steps you can take to protect yourself, your family, and others coming into your home during these difficult times.
1. Hold Showings a Few Times a Week
If you’ve ever sold your house before, you know that buyers tend to control the showing times during a reasonable limit. You could have a showing booked at 10 o’clock, one at 2 pm, and another one at 7 pm that evening all in the same day. That’s alot of wear and tear for you having to leave so many times and to sanitize the house after you go back inside.
Schedule showings in certain time slots for a few hours 2 or 3 times a week. For example, have showings for 2 -3 hours in a morning, another time slot on an evening for those that need to go into work, and another time slot on a Saturday or Sunday for a 2-3 more hours. To get as many people through these time slots, limit the showings to 30 or 45 minutes as opposed to the normal 60 minutes. If people arrive on time, they don’t really need 60 minutes to go through a house when its their first time through it. If they are really interested, they will schedule a second showing and you can allow longer to accommodate them.
Have your real estate office stress to the buyer’s realtor that anyone sick or has flu-like symptoms cannot enter the house.
2. Limit the Number of People that Go through the Home
Alot of buyers like to bring their children, perhaps their parents or another family member for a showing. After all, buying a house effects the whole family. But times are different right now. Limit the number of people that go through your house so that the realtor can have an eye on where his or her clients are. That can be more difficult to do if there are more than two people in the house with the realtor, especially if there are children involved.
3. Have disposable gloves, disposable slippers & hand sanitizer available for EVERY person that comes through your house.
Make precautions before people enter your house. Have disposable gloves, disposable slippers available for EVERY person that comes through your front door. Limit what the buyers can and cannot touch. Is it necessary to open every cabinet and drawers in the kitchen? Do they need to touch countertop services? No they don’t! Especially during an outbreak. Limit
Many real estate offices ask potential buyers not to use the homeowners washrooms during showings.
You can insist that buyers do not use the washrooms, do not sit on the furniture, and touch only door knobs wearing protective gloves.
4. Ask your Realtor to be present during showings
On occasion, the buyer’s agent who is responsible for escorting a buyer through a house may not follow the rules exactly the way you would like. Normally, it isn’t a big deal, but during a pandemic, it IS a big deal. You can ask your realtor to be present during these showings for extra protection in your home and as an extra precaution.
5. Wipe down or spray surfaces, door knobs etc. with a anti-viral disinfectant.
This is obvious but for extra reassurance, you should wipe down surfaces that is effective for with a disinfectant that is viral specific after the showing time! Especially door knobs!
Taking all these steps will ensure that your family, potential buyers and agents going through your home will be protected during this difficult time.
I’m Debi Collinson, a Designer. Stager. Real Estate Investor. In 2006, at the request of a realtor, I staged my first home. The sellers liked their newly redesigned home so much that they turned down an offer for full asking price. I never looked back. Since then, I have been helping clients make their homes look like they came out of a magazine. I have helped clients earn money for their home beyond their expectations.
As a real estate investor, I buy “fixer uppers” and either flip them for a healthy profit, or turn them into profitable rental properties. I’m currently living in my 8th “fixer upper.” Come join me as I share my tips & secrets along the way.