It can be a long and overwhelming process to sell a Massachusetts or Connecticut home despite the best of times. It only gets worse when you bring COVID-19 into the mix, particularly when it comes to the challenges involved in displaying your Massachusetts or Connecticut home. It may still be a demand for sellers, however, nevertheless, everything is now more complicated and more dangerous. But showing a house can if you know what to do, be achieved with relative protection. So here are 5 tips for showing your house in Massachusetts or Connecticut during COVID-19.
1. Cancel In-Person Showings Where Cases Are High
If the region or neighborhood is heavily affected, if COVID-19 cases are high, showing your house in Massachusetts or Connecticut probably should not be attempted. The CDC recommends that excessive communication be minimized and that the unnecessary risk of exposure be avoided. So if cases are high in your area, not showing your Massachusetts or Connecticut house is your best course. Till the situation improves, just put showings on hold. The most significant issue is your wellbeing and the health of others.
So now let’s look at what you can do to make it safer and even more successful to show your Massachusetts or Connecticut home.
2. Take Extra Precautions and Safety Measures
Nothing can really substitute for in-person showings, considering the many digital alternatives available and used now and many consumers will (understandably) still insist on them. But you have to take additional precautions and extra care during COVID-19.
Here are some of the steps you can and should take to show your Massachusetts or Connecticut home:
- “Give time slots for walk-throughs instead of having an open house and encouraging people to turn up at any time, so that individuals can come and check out the property without extra exposure to strangers.”
- “Tell anyone arriving early that they have to wait in their car or outside the property, keeping them 6 feet away from other viewers.”
- Open doors, cabinets, and drawers so that anything can be checked by prospective buyers without touching something.
- Ask guests to wear masks, protective booties and gloves.
- Both before and after a broadcast, clean all surfaces.
Your agent is active in two other major precautions. Make sure your agent has screened prospective customers and are genuinely serious purchasers who have been pre-approved so that you don’t run the risk of exposure to mere tire kickers. And make sure that your agent can supply gloves and hand sanitizer demonstration kits.
Call 413-455-0008 to find out more about how your local agent will help you securely view your Massachusetts or Connecticut home.
3. Go Virtual and Rely on Technology
Although it is difficult to remove in-person showings, their number can be greatly reduced. During the early stages, virtual tours and virtual showings, especially interactive ones that allow buyers to ask questions about their agent, are admirable substitutes. Don’t stop there however.
By relying on technology for other aspects of the operation, you can further minimize interaction and exposure. For instance, to discuss deals and review documents with interested parties, you might use Zoom and/or Google Hangouts. Again, useful support can be given here by your agent.
4. Get Serious AboutSanitizing
We’ve already listed it, but you must completely be serious about sanitizing thoroughly and often to show your house during COVID-19 in Massachusetts or Connecticut. All objects, areas, and surfaces frequently touched before and after displays are at least clean. These include light switches, doorknobs, pulls for drawers and cabinets, and handles for faucets.
Even if you leave doors and cabinets open (as we suggested), sanitizing and wiping everything down is still a good idea. Furthermore, keep hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes on hand for use by guests. Being too careful here is almost impossible.
5. Put More Effort Into Decluttering and Staging
While it may not occur as much as it would have before COVID-19 to present your Massachusetts or Connecticut home, the requisite planning has become much more critical, precisely because your chances of making a great impression are now more minimal. And this means putting extra time into staging and decluttering.
Nothing as easily as a dirty, cluttered house puts off potential buyers. And several studies have shown that staged homes sell faster than homes that have not been staged, and at a better price. So don’t blow away your limited possibilities. Make sure your house has been professionally staged and looks its best.
Bonus Tip: Lean on Your Local Agent
Finally, bear in mind that these are only a few of the tips you’ll need during COVID-19 to show your home. The risk is real, and in order to remain safe and secure, we all need to do all we can. Your local real estate agent has the experience and skills you can call on while keeping risk low to get the most out of your showings. Moreover, various regions have different standards for health, and local markets vary widely. These stuff will just have a handle on your local agent. Find out all needed to show your house in Massachusetts or Connecticut during COVID-19 today: contact us at 413-455-0008.