While the Covid-19 pandemic has impacted every industry, you are still able to sell your home. You’ll need to modify your approach to selling, but we’ve been adapting to the changes to make that easier for you. Here are some quick tips for sellers during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Minimise the need for an inspection
Given the tough restrictions for inspections of properties which includes a ban on mass open homes and private inspections limited to two people, it’s easiest to provide everything needed virtually. One of most important tips for sellers during the Covid-19 pandemic is to provide a floor plan and any building or pest inspections you have taken independently, you can help minimise the prospective buyer’s need for an inspection. In addition, we’re using 3D or virtual tours, video and social media advertising in lieu of physical inspections.
Prepare your home for inspection
You should prepare your home for virtual inspection the same way you would a physical open home. Make sure the property is clean and tidy both inside and out. Mowing the lawn, decluttering the spare bedroom and clearing the floors and bench space are just some of the things you can do to make the property more attractive to prospective buyers. Despite having everything readily available for a virtual inspection, you may still have prospective buyers interested in a private inspection.
When preparing for a private inspection, make sure you leave open the cupboard and bedroom doors so that inspectors don’t have to touch any surfaces. We can’t take any more than one person through the property at a time, so we’ll be able to monitor anything they touch and ensure they keep their hands to themselves and avoid touching surfaces such as door handles.
Get ready to disinfect
Following any private inspections, you’ll need to thoroughly clean and disinfect your home. We’ll be sure to note down and tell you of any surfaces the prospective buyer has touched during their inspection. It’s important to clean and disinfect to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus. If you or someone in your home is showing symptoms of the virus, or if anyone in your home has been placed under quarantine, please let us know immediately so we can reschedule the inspection.
Be ready to negotiate
Economic uncertainty can give more negotiating power to the buyer, but there are a few things you can do to make your property more appealing. Another of quick tips for sellers during the Covid-19 pandemic is to have things like the pest and building inspection completed beforehand and by extending the settlement period, you can make your property more attractive to keen buyers.
Don’t forget to speak to your agent! We’re a great source of updated information, especially when it comes to the always changing conditions of the global Covid-19 pandemic and the restrictions put in place as a result. Speak to us about modifying your selling process.