There’s no denying it: things are really weird right now. Social distancing, self-imposed quarantine — you name it, life is different. This can lead to some real frustration across any number of situations. It’s an especially trying time for anyone who’s attempting to sell their home during a situation where you can’t have prospective buyers enter your home!
Yet not all is lost. We’ve got an incredible set of hot do-it-yourself tips for home sellers in your exact situation, hot off the presses of a selection of the top real estate agent geniuses anywhere. Here are four perfect DIY solutions to live through the Coronavirus quarantine and come out on the other side!
1. Don’t Lose Hope
If we’re speaking honestly, it’s time to address the elephant in the room. You might be facing feelings of hopelessness right now because you think that you’ll have to wait months or even years before things have turned back to normal enough for you to be able to sell your home, but that’s simply not the case! The truth is that houses are being sold even in the depths of the quarantine, proof positive that while things might have slowed down a bit, they absolutely are still moving. So don’t lose hope!
2. Buyers Are Still Eligible for Help
You would think that with the economy in shambles and few people working to the capacity that they were before the quarantine that financial constraints would keep buyers from investing in real estate. While this may be true in some cases, in many other circumstances there are plenty of buyers who still have the resources necessary for closing a sale. An example of this is how down payment assistance is still widely available for qualifying buyers. That spells good news for sellers like you!
3. Use Proper Protection
If you’re serious about getting your home sold during the quarantine, you’ll have to find ways to ensure you protect both you as a homeowner and anyone who comes into your property for the required home inspections that will need to be done. If you can’t vacate the house while the inspector is there, be sure they have a protocol that ensures they use personal protective equipment like masks and gloves and that they wipe down any surfaces both before and after they examine them. Also, ensure that any inspectors submit any findings or reports to you remotely and discuss them over the phone with you.
4. Selling a Home With Minimal Contact Is Entirely Possible
We know what you’re thinking. “How can I sell my home without being able to have an open house?” We won’t lie to you: it’s definitely going to be more difficult to find a buyer in a situation like this. At the same time, though, there are so many ways to virtualize your home now that you can absolutely sell it with minimal interpersonal contact. Whether it be through remote conversations with your realtor, through leveraging imaging and video technologies to list and show your home online, or virtual closing to minimize risk of exposure, it’s entirely possible to get it done!
For further insights on the topic, check out the full report from HomeLight’s Q2 Top Agent Insights Survey.