COVID-19 has changed many aspects of the home buying and selling process in Markham. While in-person showings and open houses are happening throughout the area, many individuals want to limit their exposure to others and are opting for virtual home tours.
While a virtual home tour can make you feel a little overwhelmed and nervous, there is no need to panic. There are several things you can do to ensure every virtual showing is a success.
Evaluate the Home’s Lighting
You want the entire home to be well lit to ensure that potential buyers can easily see the beautiful features throughout your property. Open all of your windows and let in as much natural light as possible. Turn on all artificial lighting as well. If you have rooms throughout your home where there are no windows or the lighting is poor, consider placing a few extra lamps in the room to brighten it up.
However, make sure you find a strong balance of light as too much is a bad thing.
Make Sure the Home is Clean
Many sellers don’t worry about cleaning when a virtual home tour is scheduled. This is a mistake. Buyers will still be looking closely at the condition of the property. You still want to make a strong impression, even if it is on a screen. Take time to clean all areas of the home. While you may not need to scrub every baseboard, you want to ensure the home is decluttered, the floors are picked up, the dishes in the sink are cleared, etc.
Make Sure There is Plenty of Space
Make sure the real estate agent hosting the virtual home tour has plenty of space to walk around your home and to capture every angle and area. If he or she is constantly tripping over furniture, toys, boxes, etc., it is going to make a bad impression on the individuals on the other end of the video. It will make them feel like the home is cluttered and a mess. Before your home showing, make sure there is adequate space to walk around and there is a clear route throughout the entire home.
Don’t Forget About the Landscaping
The interior of your home isn’t the only area you need to prepare for a virtual showing. You also need to spend some time outdoors and boost your home’s curb appeal. A good home tour will begin from the sidewalk so the homeowner can get a glimpse of the property as a whole. You want to make sure that your yard, front porch area, patio area, etc., are all in excellent condition.
If you have any questions about buying or selling a home in Markham, give real estate agent Martin MacFarlane a call. He can help you throughout the entire real estate transaction and is available to answer your questions.