Now that we’re stuck in COVID-19 Phase 2 for the next month, you might be tired of waiting to put your house on the market to sell.
How can you list safely?
Here’s our COVID-19 New Orleans home selling plan for socially distanced or remote listings, showings, and closings.
Virtual listing appointment
Eventually, we’ll have to come into your home, but that first interview of an agent can certainly happen via Zoom or Facetime. We’re happy to send you all of the documents you need to sign electronically.
Extensive photos and video
Now more than ever, marketing is the key to getting your home sold quickly with as few people as possible touring before you get an offer.
Professional photos, a floor plan, and even a 3D tour can all minimize the disruption for you. These pieces help to either weed out buyers that a home won’t work for, or pull in buyers that were on the fence about a personal tour.
How to handle showings
We are asking everyone that enters our listings to wear a mask and use hand sanitizer upon entering. While we also ask that only the agent touches any surfaces, we highly recommend wiping down your counters, doorknobs, and light switches when you return home. Also read: Real Estate Showings during COVID-19
How to handle inspections
Our advice is similar to showings, but the inspector will be all over your house, touching things that a normal buyer and agent would not. Be aware that they will test your appliances, HVAC, open cabinets under sinks, and turn on every faucet. The cleaning regimen when you return will be more extensive than after a normal showing.
Our title companies are doing an excellent job of keeping buyers and sellers separated, some even going as far as holding closings in their parking lots so you don’t even have to get out of the car. When you get an accepted offer, we can ensure that the title company is providing the appropriate precautions to keep you safe.