In this day and time, as we limit our in person contact, selling your home may present some unique challenges. For your home to sell, different people will need access to your home at different times but there are ways to provide access safely and with limited risk to your family. Technology has made it easier than ever for buyers to view your home without setting foot in the door. Here is what you can expect if you are selling your home during this virtual time.
Start with the agent accessing your home. For first meetings, consider handling them over the phone. When it comes time for the agent to view the home, you could use Facetime or Skype to show them your home or have them come in person while wearing a mask and gloves to do their walk through. During the walk through, you can stay on opposite sides of the rooms you are in and then continue your conversation outside after they have seen the inside of your home. To prepare your home to be shown on the Internet, a photographer will need access to your home but they can use the same precautions as your agent to limit contact by social distancing and wearing protective equipment.
One way for buyers to get a good sense of your home is by accessing a virtual tour. These tours come in many different formats and allow the buyer to see many photos of your home and in some cases walk buyers through your home as they view the photos so they understand the layout. While these options may not give them the confidence to make an offer, they will allow many buyers to eliminate the house or determine that is likely to be a good fit. Having these virtual options available to buyers will decrease the number of buyers that need to see your home in person.
For buyers that are still not quite sure, an agent could visit the home and show it to them via FaceTime or Skype so there are fewer people in your home. Assuming the buyer likes everything they have seen about your home online, they can then schedule an in person visit to your home where they will wear masks and gloves and limit touching of surfaces. You should leave doors to all rooms and closets open and all lights on so they don’t have to touch those surfaces while in your home.
After you successfully negotiate a contract on your home, which will likely be signed electronically, expect closing to look a little different. In recent years, home closings have been attended by many people including the buyer and seller, real estate agents from both sides, mortgage lenders and the closing agent. These days are over. Expect the buyer and seller to sign documents separately and only the closing agent or a notary to be present. This will allow you to limit your contact to as few people as possible while still accomplishing all of the necessary requirements for selling your home.
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