The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we approach many things and conduct business. Shopping for a home looks a little different than it did in previous times. Being prepared and knowing what to expect can make the process less stressful and more enjoyable.
Here are a few tips to be safe and successful while house hunting during a pandemic:
- Be flexible when trying to see homes. You have probably heard we are in a market with high demand from buyers and a limited supply of homes for sale which means there are many potential buyers who want to see the same home. To protect all parties and limit the number of people in a home at any given time, overlapping showings are not allowed. In addition, many adults are working from home and students are learning at home so many sellers are not allowing showings during these hours. These unusual conditions limit showing timeframes can make it challenging to schedule showings so please allow some flexibility and be patient if you have to wait outside for another group to finish touring ahead of you.
- Protect yourself and others. Health and safety should be your number one priority so be prepared to follow all CDC guidelines and do your part. Wear a mask while touring homes and remove shoes or wear shoe covers/booties. Wear gloves or sanitize hands before and after each showing. Avoid touching anything in the home including cabinet doors, furniture, light switches, etc. Limit the number of people who tour the home only decision makers should be present.
- Listen to your real estate professional. These are unprecedented times that are ever changing. Your real estate professional is up to date on what is happening with the local real estate market and guidelines for viewing homes. Listening to their advice will help you achieve your real estate goals.
Please reach out if we can assist you or anyone you know in any way. Happy hunting!
-The Team at Simply Referable