Should I Sell My Home During The Coronavirus Pandemic?

Absolutely You Should!

When it comes to selling their home, owners typically don’t take the task too lightly. Once the decision to sell is made, it’s all “systems go”, “full steam ahead”. If you must sell your home, then by all means, sell it!

Some Agencies Have Stopped Listing Homes

That’s the truth. There are some real estate firms, nationally known for that matter, that have decided to pack it in and close up shop. They are advising their agents to stop taking new listings.
But, there are still many real estate firms, like West & Woodall Real Estate, that are more than willing to help homeowners in these difficult times.

What Precautions Should We Take?

As we used to say in the military, “Improvise, Adapt, and Overcome”. There are many precautionary measures we recommend home sellers take to prevent contracting Coronavirus. Many you’ve already heard, but they’re worth repeating.

1) First of all, virtual marketing will take a front seat over in-person showings. This is not to say there will be no in-person showings. However, we’ll continue to provide virtual tours of homes either through recorded videos or live real-time walk throughs of homes. This way, a potential buyer could quickly eliminate homes without ever having to step foot in them.

2) For those homes that a buyer “must see” in-person, we’re recommending to our sellers they provide hand sanitizer at the entrance AND soap with disposable paper towels in one of the bathrooms nearest the entrance.

3) We would ask that all buyers please remove their shoes upon entering the home to prevent the spread of dirt and germs throughout the home.

4) It’s probably a good idea to limit the number of buyers entering the house to 2. One way to ensure this happens is by not allowing for overlapping showings to prevent the possibility of 2 or more sets of buyers ending up in the home at the same time. Of course, during the showings, agents should maintain the recommended 6′ radius from the buyers (a.k.a social distancing).

5) Home sellers should clean and disinfect frequently touched objects (ie. light switches, door knobs cabinet pulls, faucet handles, banisters) and surfaces once the showing has ceased. The best way to sanitize your home is by using either a bleach solution (4 teaspoons of bleach per quart of water) or a minimum 70% alcohol solution.

6) To minimize the risk of potential contamination, sellers should not be present during showings.

What If I’m Extremely Susceptible To The Coronavirus?

Please assess the risk given your particular situation. Older adults and people who have pre-existing conditions like heart disease or diabetes seem to be at a higher risk for developing serious complications. If you are part of this group then perhaps it would be best for you to self-quarantine at another location until you accept and offer and eventually close on your home.

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