Can you still prepare and sell your home amid the COVID-19 quarantine? The answer is absolutely, yes. Below we take a look at six ways technology and the time at home can be used to sell your home during the spring & summer buying seasons.
Use Your Time at Home
A home’s curb appeal is its first impression even if the majority of a home’s marketing is taking place virtually. Now is a great time to take advantage of restrictions on activities, and warmer spring days, to increase your home’s curb appeal. Here are three ways to use your time at home to increase your home’s marketability:
Research: If your home’s landscaping is lacking and/or your budget is limited, you can access the vast amount of online resources to help plan projects to spruce up your home’s yard. Research and consider projects that reuse items you may already have around the house such as paints and stains to stay contact free and on budget. A good place to start your research is with this article on landscaping from The Spruce.
Buying plants online: DIY landscaping options such as planting perennials, ground covers, and drought resistant plants can be accomplished, contact free, by purchasing plants from online nurseries. Here is a helpful article that details some of the best online nurseries if planting is in your plan to improve curb appeal.
Spring yard clean up: A spring yard clean-up is an activity the whole family can get involved in and is a budget friendly way to improve the overall look of a yard. Removing dead grasses in flower beds, applying weed control, trimming dead tree limbs, picking up lawn litter, mulching and planting are all great projects to refresh your yard and improve marketability. Reference this comprehensive spring yard cleaning checklist.
Virtual Selling Tools
Although open houses, in-person walk throughs and in office signing of documents are restricted during the COVID-19 quarantine, ask 5th Avenue Properties about using these tools to keep your real estate transaction on track:
Virtual tours: A 3D home tour is an excellent, no contact, alternative to open houses and tours that allows potential buyers to experience your home. Click here to watch an example of this powerful marketing tool.
Email marketing: Paperless and without contact, sending e-newsletters and current listing overviews to potential buyers’ email boxes continue to be effective methods of getting for sale listings in front of the right audience.
Virtual document signing: From agency listing agreements to closing documents, your real estate agent and title company can digitally prepare required transaction paperwork, and accept electronic signatures, eliminating the need to go into an office or have in person contact.
Selling a home under the best of circumstances can be a stressful endeavor, but when you add an unprecedented pandemic to the mix it can be downright overwhelming. However, with the help of internet resources, technology and a knowledgeable real estate agent you can alleviate some of the stress and make the most of the quarantine time with steps to help get your home sold. At 5th Avenue Properties we are committed to using all of the available resources to keep our clients safe while helping them to achieve their real estate goals. If you are looking to buy or sell a home or have real estate related questions please give us a call.