Selling Your Home During the Pandemic Safely

By: SHAN JAFFREY

Selling Your Home During the Pandemic Safely

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As soon as we feel like we’re getting a grip on the pandemic it surprises us with a different twist. New strands of the virus that are not only affecting younger people but may also require newer vaccines. The smart thing to do would be to put off selling your home until the situation gets better. However sometimes you don’t have a choice and you absolutely have to sell. Death of a spouse, divorce, a job transfer are some of those reasons that may force a move.

Here’s what I recommend you do to minimize the spread of Covid-19 and reduce the risk of your family getting infected when selling. Have all buyer agents and their clients sign a declaration that they don’t have any of the symptoms of the virus. That they have not come into contact with anyone who has the symptoms or has tested positive. And that they have not travelled in the last 14 days.

Allow a maximum of 3 people including the Buyer Agent at a time for the showings. Limit showings to one client per half hour to avoid having people spent a prolonged amount of time inside the house chatting it up.

Require everyone to wear masks, no exceptions, when viewing the home. If there is a young child who can’t comply then they should wait in the car with an adult. Provide the hand sanitizer, masks and gloves for the showing. Ask that masks be disposed off of the property.

An additional measure while showing would be to place placards reminding people to not touch certain areas. Warning stickers on the ground can limit movement inside of rooms and keep people off of beds and sofas.

If it is a low inventory market then show your home for a few days and take offers on a specific day. Once an offer has been accepted you can stop showing your home and resume living normally until it is time to make the physical move.

There are no guarantees that you will be 100% protected but you greatly minimize the spread by following these simple steps to ensure your family’s safety.