May 8th, 2020 2:33 PM by MARGARET MICHELLE WILLIAMSON
If you’re currently selling—or preparing
to sell—your home, the coronavirus pandemic is likely having an impact. From
limiting in-person visits to passing out hand sanitizer, there are a few things
you may already be doing to protect yourself and your family. At the same time,
being home 24/7 can also affect your ability to have a stress-free showing of
any kind. Fortunately, there are safer ways to clean, prep, show, and
ultimately sell your home.
In many markets, coronavirus is causing a
bit of a slump. Since home values may fluctuate—and buyers may be pickier—Tool
Review Lab notes tackling some well-chosen tasks that improve your property
is a smart first step for sellers.
Hiring out tasks like painting your
home’s exterior or landscaping is still a possibility with
lockdown restrictions in place. Many of these businesses are considered
essential, and if all the work is outdoors, you can rest easier. Social
distancing is also easy to do with virtual contract signing and e-pay options.
But you can also DIY changes like
establishing a home office space or relaxing master suite.
Adding a coat of interior paint or rearranging the furniture are cheap
fixes that can refresh a space. These changes can serve you well over the
short-term and appeal to prospective buyers, too.
Just as Moving.com points out, selling
your home while you’re living in it is a challenge. But selling it
while you’re living, working, schooling, and
everything else at home can make it feel impossible. To that end, it helps to
have a plan for keeping up with clutter.
Using attractive baskets or storage bins
can offer a place to stow everyday items during showings. Stowing items in your
car is another helpful trick. But it’s also worth tackling decluttering as part
of your pre-move checklist.
You may not be able to hire out help
during this time, but developing a personal decluttering plan can mean an easier
transition out of your current home. And, when it comes time to move, you have
less to pack—and it will be easier to get organized in your new place, too.
Even if all your showings are
virtual-only, staging still matters. Keep a staging checklist on hand for a quick
run-through before switching on your camera. Ensuring every room is at its best
helps make a good first impression on potential buyers.
If you’re hosting a video tour, you’ll
still need to prepare the bedrooms—the master especially—to show off
their best features. You can also try virtual staging to showcase the space in new
ways. This strategy is ideal for 3D home tours and other presentation-type
showings. Using online tools, you can manipulate images, place furniture, and
highlight the home’s best features.
When it’s time to answer a client showing
call, you need to be prepared. Regardless of the format, good lighting will
remain crucial for every virtual showing, real estate photo shoot, and any
pre-recorded or digital tours. Aim for natural light wherever possible, notes Sprout
Video, but also keep an eye out for glare or blue light that can affect the
Choosing your platform is another
consideration. Zoom is a popular video conferencing tool—and it’s compatible
with most systems, including iOS, iPadOS, and Android. But
Skype, Google Hangouts, and other video chat platforms offer similar features
on your smartphone or tablet.
To avoid having your kids underfoot
during video chat showings, have a plan in place well in advance. Consider
sending them to the backyard if possible, or set them up in a remote part of
the house with a good distraction. Queue up the appropriate entertainment, set out mess-free
munchies, and run through your final prep before beginning a tour.
Selling your home during a nationwide
health crisis may not be the ideal scenario. But by preparing ahead of time and
knowing what to expect during the virtual selling process, you can keep your
family safe and stick to a routine that works. Then, all that’s left is to
close the sale you’ve been waiting for.
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