Ways to Successfully Sell Your Home During COVID-19
For those in the process of selling a home, pandemic restrictions are making the selling process look slightly different. From harnessing technology to connect with potential buyers to taking strict health and safety precautions when showing in-person, it’s important to learn how to sell your home safely and efficiently during the pandemic.
One of the best ways to connect with potential buyers right now is through virtual home showings. The benefits are two-fold: you can avoid having window-shoppers parade through your home during open houses, and you’ll keep your family safer from possible virus transmission.
For an effective home sale, be sure to hire a great real estate agent who is well-versed in the latest technology for selling homes. Your agent should be able to help you with virtual staging, 3D walkthroughs, and video tours for potential buyers. The 3D walkthrough option allows buyers to “walk” through your home online, checking out every room at their own pace.
You can even set up a live-chat function through some real estate companies, which allow agents to show your home virtually without hassle and time-consuming in-person appointments.
Believe it or not, many potential buyers will put a great deal of weight into their first impressions: according to a study, around 80 percent of buyers will know if a house is right for them the minute they step inside. This means your curb appeal should be spot-on by sprucing up the outside of your home alongside your indoor improvements.
Before you begin the selling process, think about ways you can improve the exterior of your home. A few options are painting your front door, trimming trees, and tidying up your front lawn.
Keeping your house clean
Eventually, it’s likely that potential buyers will want to see you house in person. This can be done safely, so long as you follow some pandemic-oriented cleaning tips. First, be sure to wipe down commonly used items. You should be wiping down door knobs, cabinet handles, and closet door handles. Be sure to clean surfaces with a disinfecting spray both before and after a showing in order to keep your family and visitors safe.
Another key cleaning tip is to regularly sanitize your kitchenand bathroom. Both rooms are hot spots for germs, and are also areas that, when spotless, can really stand out for potential buyers. Use a disinfectant when cleaning these areas, and go the extra mile by making windows and mirrors shine to really impress buyers.
Keeping your home tidy
While you work on making both the outside and inside of your home sparkle, don’t forget about everyday tidying. With many families working and learning remotely during the pandemic, you should consider ways to keep clutter from building on a regular basis.
As you look around your house, be sure to identify what’s useful and what is clutter. I Deal Lifestyle will help you with this! As described in The Clutter Remedy: A Guide To Getting Organized For Those Who Love Their Stuff, you can do this by categorizing your belongings and determining what gets used, and what takes up space. You want to do away with the unused items, and find tasteful storage solutions for the items you want access to regularly.
For those who struggle with clutter on a large scale, the problem may run deeper: consider ways to deal with mental and emotional stress that may be contributing to your tendency to hold onto unused items.
As you get your home ready to sell, remember to boost its curb appeal as you keep the inside tidy and sanitized. Harness technology to help sell your home without unnecessary in-person tours, and remember to tidy up everyday after work in order for it to be ready for video tours or showings.
Marla is known as the Declutter Your Strategy™ expert. Marla earned her BA in Psychology and a Master's in Social Work and is the founder of