The COVID-19 pandemic has made a major impact on the housing market. Along with list prices falling in some areas and new construction slowing, fewer buyers are willing to tour homes in person, even as restrictions have been loosened.
With that said, there have been worse times to sell a home. And if it’s something you must do right now, there are ways to sell your home quickly and for a price that you’re pleased with. It all starts with prepping your home for sale and using a variety of methods for showing it to potential buyers. Let’s discuss some ways you can prepare for a home sale in the age of COVID-19.
How to Declutter and Organize the Home
One of the first things you need to do when selling a home is to go through all your belongings and determine what to keep, what to store, and what to get rid of. Some of this may depend on the size and layout of your next home, but take this opportunity to kick the clutter and get rid of all those things you haven’t used in years (and probably will never use). Go room by room, closet by closet, and declutter as you’ve never decluttered before.
Then, organize the remaining items in the home. Keep in mind that you want potential buyers to envision themselves living in the home, so stage each room and space to appeal to a wide-ranging audience. Be sure to provide plenty of open space in each room, and invest in attractive storage solutions to keep certain items out of sight.
How to Deep Clean
Along with decluttering, be sure to deep clean your home. This is also a task that you will want to tackle from room to room, space to space. Pick a side of the room (left or right), start dusting and wiping high (ceiling, ceiling fans, light fixtures, etc.), and work your way down to the walls, doors, furniture, floors, and so on.
While you can do the work yourself, it’s often best to leave the deep cleaning to the professionals. A maid service charges an average of $160 for a cleaning, but a deep cleaning could cost a little more. You’ll also want to thoroughly clean carpeting in your home. The cost of this service usually ranges from $120 to $230, with carbonated cleaning being slightly pricier than dry cleaning.
How to Keep the Home Clean
Once your home is decluttered and deep cleaned, you will need to make sure it stays immaculate while it’s on the market. You never know when you will get a request for a last-minute viewing or live video chat. And if you are currently working from home and/or have kids running around throughout the day, this can be especially challenging. Come up with a daily routine that helps keep the home clean and tidy, and get everyone in the household in on the action.
How to Handle Viewings
There are a number of ways to show a home these days. Technology has made it possible for buyers to tour your home without them having to step foot inside. Be sure to hire a qualified real estate agent who knows their way around video tours, 3D walkthroughs, and live video chats, and learn about them yourself so that you can be prepared if an opportunity presents itself.
If physical viewings are still a necessity, be sure to follow protocols to keep all parties safe and healthy. Here are some steps to consider taking:
- Practice social distancing (6 feet).
- Request that all parties wear face coverings.
- Offer visitors booties and sanitary products (hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, etc.) upon entering.
- Leave lights on and interior doors open during showings.
- Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces (doorknobs, handles, countertops, etc.) before and after each viewing.
If you need to sell your home right now, you can. Get your home ready by decluttering, organizing, and cleaning, and come up with a system to keep it clean. Explore the various methods of showing your home, and hire a good real estate agent.