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Tips for Selling Your Houston House During The Coronavirus Pandemic

Has the coronavirus pandemic slowed the real estate market? Absolutely it has. But does that mean you cannot sell your house? No, it does not. 

Mortgage rates are at an all-time low and right now might be a great time for you to sell your home to a potential buyer. A shelter is a basic need humans must have, therefore you will always find people looking for homes. 

Here are some tips on how to sell your home during the coronavirus pandemic.

Sell Directly

The easiest and fastest way to sell your Houston house during the Coronavirus Pandemic is to work with a direct buyer. Sell Your Homes Houston can help you facilitate the process, which may be much easier than working with a traditional agent!

However, if you have a beautiful house that’s in great condition, I strongly recommend you work with a realtor to get top dollar. 

No Open Houses

If you are going to sell or have your house listed already, don’t have an open house. It is too risky to have multiple strangers from different households, possibly different cities or states coming into your home wandering about.

You would have to have strict management of all of these guests and maybe only allow so many people in at a time. With technology as great as it is, there are ways around the traditional open house, you will just need to be flexible and creative. 

Create Virtual Tours

You definitely do not need to do an open house anymore. Once your house is photo-ready, go ahead and take a walking video tour of your home. Go slowly and try not to be too shaky or spin too quickly.

These videos can easily be uploaded and shared on quite a number of real estate advertising sites, or you can upload them to a popular video hosting site to share with your real estate professional.

This will allow potential buyers to virtually walk through your home without bringing their germs! You can also hire a professional videographer to take professional video, which will help you out even more! Although many of these services may not be currently operating. 

The most cost-efficient way is to download a 3D app and do it yourself. 

Clean!

When you do receive inquiries from serious buyers, you will need to make sure to clean up and sanitize commonly touched surfaces including door handles, light switches, countertops, and any other features you would like the potential buyers to be able to try out.

During this time of the pandemic, it is acceptable to ask the buyer to try not to touch surfaces as much as possible; however, there are some things you just have to touch, such as light switches in the garage or hallways.

Once the showing is over, you will then have to make sure to sanitize all of those surfaces over again. You shouldn’t be present when the buyer is viewing the house, so you have to assume they have touched doors and light switches.

Also, require them to wear a face mask and gloves before entering your home. If they don’t have it available, you can always keep some handy.

Use Technology

In this day and age, it is perfectly acceptable to use video conferencing or phone conferencing instead of face to face meetings when discussing the terms of the sale of your home.

You can also use digital signature programs to negotiate the contract. They even have mail-away closings available so you can have a fully contactless transaction. 

Technology is changing the way we purchase and sell homes, so you should take full advantage of it. 

Take it Easy

Selling your home is a lot of work and stress under normal circumstances. During the coronavirus pandemic, selling your house is just a little bit more stressful because of the possible extra cleaning and avoidance of contact.

Don’t be afraid to take the steps of selling your house at your own pace. Plan ahead for multiple showings and only allow one or two per week to cut down on your cleaning time.

Also, make videos and pictures of your home easily available to potential buyers and real estate professionals.

These tips should help you during this unprecedented time to sell your Houston house during the coronavirus pandemic.

Conclusion

When selling your home during the coronavirus pandemic be safe and keep your house clean for potential buyers. It’s a good idea to keep masks and gloves if you have extras for homebuyers just in case they don’t have any.

Your tips are to use technology, selling directly can be a good option, take it easy and clean all surfaces before and after visits.

Thanks for reading

Call Sell Your Homes Houston today at 832-535-2034 or send us a message to discuss these and other tips for selling your house. We can discuss your technological options and best practices for minimizing contact with the buyers while still being available while negotiating the sale. 

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