Selling a home is a long and arduous process that involves countless complex steps—and this the norm when we aren’t in the midst of a global pandemic! Selling a home today, during the time of the coronavirus crisis, will add a level of safety issues to the process. If you’re trying to sell your home right now, you might have to alter your plans a bit to accommodate social distancing orders and keep everyone safe.
Here are some great tips from our friend Shirley at Tidy Life Today to help you prep your home for sale and show it to buyers without risking the health of your family.
Double Down on Your Virtual Presence
Thanks to advancements in real estate technology, a lot of house hunting already takes place online. As a seller, you can take advantage of all kinds of online tools to get your home in front of potential buyers without risking an in-person showing or hosting an open house. From social media marketing and 3D tours to remote online notarization, the right tech tools will help you find a buyer and close your sale during the age of social distancing.
Double down on your virtual presence by posting really good property listings online. Write a captivating listing description, take stellar photographs, and shoot a high-quality video walkthrough to highlight your home’s best features. HomeAdvisor recommends planning your real estate video shoot during the day so you can take advantage of natural light. Poor lighting can make your rooms look dismal and uninviting! Try to shoot your video so that it follows the natural route you would take when showing off your home to someone in person, holding the camera at eye level to give your buyers an accurate view of each room.
Stick to DIY Upgrades
Making a few upgrades to your home is a great way to boost your property value and attract interested buyers. But this might not be a great time to have contractors in your home. Keep your family safe by sticking to DIY upgrades! Tool Review Lab recommends simple home projects you can do yourself, like repainting kitchen cabinets and refinishing hardwood flooring. You could also hire a landscaper to tidy up your lawn and enhance your home’s curb appeal with some new shrubs and flowers. Hiring people for home exterior work should be safe since they will not need to enter your home to complete these projects.
Declutter and Deep Clean
With everyone stuck at home under lockdown, your house might look a little messier than normal. Make sure you give your home a good deep clean before snapping listing photos or shooting a video tour. As The Nest explains, household clutter will prevent potential buyers from visualizing your home as their own, and they might even think that your house lacks adequate storage space. Take some time to declutter and clean your home from top to bottom so the whole place sparkles!
Learn Some Staging Tricks
Home staging is a very important component of any successful home sale. Staging your home will give it that “wow factor” that will set your real estate photos and videos apart from other listings in your neighborhood. Fortunately, this is another home-selling task that you can easily tackle yourself. Doing your own staging will not only protect your family from the coronavirus, but will save you a lot of money as well!
After making home upgrades and decluttering, Such the Spot recommends adding some staging elements to create attractive vignettes throughout your home. For example, a coffee mug, a book, a pair of reading glasses, and a couple of soft blankets will turn an awkward corner seat into a cozy reading nook. Feel free to get creative with your staging but don’t go overboard! A little will go a long way.
Selling a home during the COVID-19 pandemic shouldn’t differ too much from a normal home sale. You still have to make upgrades, clean, declutter, and create great online listings in order to sell your home quickly and for the price you want. Some simple adjustments, like offering video tours and tackling home upgrades yourself, will ensure that everyone stays safe and healthy throughout the process.