Whether you were searching for a home before Covid19, or you’re now navigating the market, the current pandemic has changed the way you conduct your home search. Although most stay-at-home orders have now been lifted, social distancing and safety precautions are still impacting how you view available homes.
Fortunately, there are many precautionary measures you can take to continue the home buying process safely. Whether it’s virtual walk-throughs, Video-Chat Tours, or wearing a cloth mask and gloves to showings, there are things you can do to protect yourself and others.
Many brokers like PalmerHouse Properties, Keller Williams, and Cami Jones & Company have all been proactive with equipping their agents with the tools needed to continue assisting their clients safely during the pandemic.
how thing have changed
Social distancing has become a regular part of everyday life for all of us. Because of this, technology now plays a vital role in the homebuying process. Before Covid19, homebuyers would spend countless hours/days searching for homes in person. Now, video tours are becoming more and more popular.
Video tours enable you to tour a home in real-time, without leaving the house. Your agent, or the listing age, will complete the tour for you. They take you around the house, room by room, and answer any questions that you may have during the tour. This process allows you to see if the home meets your criteria and should be put on your shortlist.
the final stretch
Once you’ve narrowed down your list, you’ll want to only physically tour the homes that made the final cut – or those that are vacant. Although you’ll only be viewing a few homes, it’s important to continue to practice safety protocols.
- If you’re not feeling well, in any way, don’t go. No house is ever worth putting someone’s life at risk.
- If you’ve been in contact with anyone who has been diagnosed with Covid19 or potentially has it, don’t go. Trust us when we say “all parties involved will understand”.
- Drive your own car.
- Decision-makers only. We know you want your parents, friends, or kid’s opinions, but the fewer people that attend the in-person viewing, the better.
- Wear a mask.
- Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer, before and after the tour.