Selling your home in Texas during the pandemic presents a unique set of challenges. While it’s important to stay safe and aware of Covid-19, we also need to continue with our lives. If you need to move and list your house for sale, you certainly can. However, be prepared to face more obstacles than you already would in a normal setting (which, we know, is already hard enough).
1. Sanitize Between Each Visit
Unfortunately, this may affect how many tours you can give in a day, but we can’t stress how important it is to sanitize your home after each individual visit. To make it easier on yourself, make your home staging as minimal as possible so you can easily and quickly wipe down surfaces. Still, keep it attractive and bright enough that your photos make a positive impression on your online listing.
It’s a charming idea to place sanitizer stations around your house in Texas, or at the very least the entryway. This would give you more relief as you let people into your home, while simultaneously showing potential buyers that you pay attention to detail.
2. Expect Everything to Be Virtual
You may not always be able to physically show your home in person, and many would rather safely browse the web from the comfort of their own house. In which case, we suggest posting a 3D tour of your home online. If you’re not sure how, ask your real estate agent for help, or check out this tutorial.
Tours aside, selling your home during the pandemic may affect all other aspects of the process. For example, when the inspector does a walk through, you might not be allowed to stay in your house. In which case, communicating via video call would be a great option to feel present during the tour and confident that everything ran smoothly. The same thing goes for your home appraisal.
3. Expect Longer Closing Time Frames
In an already tedious process, selling your home during the pandemic means waiting even longer to officially close on the deal. This is because all-time low interest rates created a surge in buyers asking for loans. Doubled with the fact that many lenders must work from home, a procedure that typically took about 30 days can now take upwards of 50.
4. Consider a Wholesale Buyer
- Saving on the utility bills you’d be using while selling and waiting for closing to process
- No appraiser fees
- No inspector fees
- No need to fix any outstanding maintenance issues
- Guaranteed fast money
If you’re up for the challenge of selling your home during the pandemic, we recommend you prepare an exceptional online listing, with effective staging and professional photos. Stay vigilant on your health and that of the potential buyers, agents, inspectors, and whomever else you come in contact with. If you feel overwhelmed, wholesale buyers like United Home Offer are always willing to help you wrap up your sale efficiently.