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Cleaning and Technology for Home Sellers in the COVID-19 Era
Dated: June 15 2020
Showing a home, impressing prospective buyers, and landing a good sale has never been easy. Enter the COVID-19 pandemic, and this process seems to have been turned on its head. Sure, technology has been used for years to show homes and win over buyers, but now it’s all but mandatory. And if you’re new to these ideas, it can be quite intimidating, but it’s not as hard as it may seem.
Basic Strategies Remain the Same
Selling your home requires a lot of time and effort, and sometimes it takes a good bit of money as well. The whole process can be overwhelming for home sellers, even when things are going relatively smoothly. While there are some new tools and ideas involved, fortunately, the basics of the home selling process have remained the same. For example, it’s still essential to declutter, keep the property clean, and take great listing photos, along with other tasks that help to present your home in the best light.
Navigating the technology, such as virtual showings and 3D walkthroughs, is not as hard as it may seem, especially when you have a real estate agent working by your side. They are well-versed in all you need to know, both about the traditional home selling process, the current market, and the ways the pandemic is reshaping things.
Maintaining the Space
As American Cleaning Institute explains, one of the most basic aspects of showing a home is getting it clean and presentable. This involves purging your belongings and removing anything that doesn’t compliment each space, such as personal decor and items that you don’t really need while your home is on the market. Go through each room and space, and determine what to keep, toss, donate, or sell. You will also want to deep clean the home (and keep it clean) so that it can shine for prospective buyers during virtual showings and walkthroughs.
Since many stores are out of stock on cleaning products, you might consider making your own solutions at home. For example, you can use common household ingredients to make an all-purpose cleaner, wood cleaner, and glass cleaner. Plus, this will help you limit the number of toxins and chemicals in your home.
Using Technology as an Alternative
There are several tech options that allow you to show your home in lieu of a physical showing, and they could be the new normal in real estate transactions, even after the pandemic is over. For instance, Redfin offers a live-chat service through its website and app, through which you can show and talk about your home with prospective buyers.
You can also pre-record a walkthrough video of your property or implement a 3D walkthrough, which is basically an animated model of your property that allows prospective buyers to see what the home would look like without furniture or with different furniture than it has. Moreover, it’s still important to stage your home and take high-quality photos that showcase its best qualities. It’s likely that listing photos will be the first impression that most prospective buyers have of your home.
Keeping the Kids Happy
If you have kids, you will want to figure out how to keep them happy and out of the way when you’re hosting live video tours of your home. This comes down to one thing: entertainment. Consider investing in a Nintendo Switch and some of its many highly rated games. Another option is cloud-based gaming, which also has an impressive lineup of games to choose from. With the younger generation occupied, you can comfortably record your property in the best light.
Showing your home during the COVID-19 pandemic may look different than it did just a few months ago, but that shouldn’t stop you from putting (or keeping) your home on the market. Remember to handle the basic tasks of decluttering, cleaning, and staging your home. Also, embrace technologies like live-chat services, virtual showings, and 3D walkthroughs, and invest in entertainment options for your kids. In no time, you could be closing the deal on your home and moving onto what’s next!
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