The ‘New Normal’: What to Expect When Buying or Selling
Many parts of our day-to-day lives have changed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, including the homebuying experience. But, as is the case with many aspects of our “new normal,” a bit of extra thought and planning goes a long way in making it a safe and positive experience for all parties.
Whether you are in the market to buy or sell, here is what you can expect from the homebuying experience:
Health and safety is a top priority
When selling your home, ask your REALTOR® about the added precautions being taken to clean and disinfect before each showing. Though high-touch surfaces should get extra attention, consider opening all interior doors, including closets, and leaving lights on to minimize the need for guests to touch surfaces in your home. Alternatively, if you are attending a tour in person, remember to sanitize and/or hand wash before entering and upon exiting the home.
Respect social distancing
Whether you are meeting your REALTOR® at a property or ushering your family out the door between showings, be sure to respect social distancing recommendations for anyone outside of your bubble. When attending a showing with your REALTOR®, remember to stand two metres apart.
Eliminate unnecessary viewings by working with your REALTOR® to learn as much as you can about the home before your visit. Plan to limit viewings only to those who will be parties to the contract. You can still involve your family and friends by inviting them along on a virtual tour of the property.