Friday May 15, 2020
- Use virtual technology to showcase your home.
Allowing buyers to virtually “walk thru” and tour your home is a huge asset, especially during this period when typically touring is reduced to scheduled private 1:1 time slots. A virtual tour allows home buyers to visit your home from the comfort of their current residence. The Realty community has embraced the power of the virtual tour and offers 3D, 360-degree virtual tours that provide an immersive experience in high resolution.
If needed, you can also virtually stage your home from professional high def static images. We know that staging is a huge benefit, so this virtual component offers you the opportunity to present your home in its best light.
Don’t forget aerial/drone footage as a way to show your property and highlight the setting in which your home is sited.
- Deep clean.
Focus on cleaning high-touch surfaces. According to the experts, you’ll want to focus on high-touch surfaces above all else—since keeping those clean will stop the transmission of germs to other areas of the home. High-touch surfaces include all the things you touch the most—doorknobs, light switches, cabinet pulls and handles, railings, faucets, remote controls, and even tabletops.
When it comes to cleaning these areas properly, make sure you’re using the right products. “When killing surface germs or viruses is your goal, look for products that contain a disinfectant,” says Brian Sansoni, spokesman for the American Cleaning Institute.
Some of the more frequently used active ingredients are sodium hypochlorite, ethanol, pine oil, hydrogen peroxide, citric acid, and quaternary ammonium compounds. Check out this list of cleaning products from the EPA.
- Screen potential buyers.
Limiting the number of personal visits to your home makes sense since we’re all heightening our efforts to keep our living environments clean and sanitized. Make sure you, or your Realtor, are minimizing the risk and number of people entering your home by engaging with potential buyers prior to scheduling personal visits to clearly understand their needs, interest level and whether your home might be a good fit for them. Both parties will appreciate this “vetting” as a way of making sure everyone stays safe and healthy.
- Understand the processes for inspections and appraisals.
Inspections and appraisals are usually an in-person event with the homeowner present. Check your local guidelines/vendors to see what the process is for conducting these visits. Many are requesting that the home be empty so that a properly masked/gloved technician can enter the premise to complete their job.
- Closing will be a “remote” event.
Maryland and Delaware lenders are now authorized to conduct real estate closings via a “remote” online event with the use of online notarization to complete paperwork.
This is that Realtor.com has to say about remote closings: “Documents are prepared by the title company and uploaded to an online remote notarization platform. Buyers and sellers can log on and review the documents and discuss any questions with their agent and others. When ready, signers return to the platform and connect with an online notary. Agents and others can connect in, too. Signers electronically sign and the notary electronically notarizes each document as required. As a security measure, each completed document is then “tamper sealed.”
If you have questions or need assistance with navigating this process, please feel free to contact the Lacrosse Homes team.