While the COVID-19 pandemic has certainly made an impact on real estate, it hasn’t shut it down. If you must sell your Markham home during this crisis, options are available to you. However, you may need to take a few more precautions and you may experience a few changes from your last real estate transaction.
Here are a few things to keep in mind if you are selling your home during the coronavirus crisis.
Create High-Quality Images
Due to the pandemic, buyers are spending less time inside homes that are on the market and more time online. In fact, in Canada, the use of virtual tours has increased by 500%. This means that if you want buyers to seriously consider your property, you must provide high-quality photos. You want to spend time properly staging your home, decluttering, and cleaning. You want these photos to make an instant impression and make potential buyers want to venture outside of their comfort zones and see your house.
Thoroughly Sanitize Before and After Each Showing
If buyers walk through your home, you must take extra precautions. Before the showing, sanitize all frequently touched areas such as doorknobs, light switches, etc. It is also wise to keep cabinet doors, closets, and other closed spaces slightly open so buyers can take a peek inside without touching anything.
Additionally, now that the weather is starting to warm up, open the windows throughout your home to let in some fresh air. This will not only hide any musty or poor odors lingering in your house, but it will keep air flowing throughout your interior as well.
Be Prepared for Coronavirus Clauses
When you receive an offer on your home, make sure to carefully read through it. During this time, many buyers may include specific coronavirus clauses that can make it easy for them to back out of the sale, can make changes to the sale, etc. You must be familiar with what these clauses are and know your options before you sign any documents.
While it is possible to sell your home during the coronavirus pandemic, consider your options. If there is no urgency in selling your property, now may be the time to wait as many buyers are hesitant and you increase your risk of exposure.
However, if you are ready to sell your property, real estate agent Martin MacFarlane is ready to help. Contact him today to begin the selling process.