They say this is the new normal – maybe . . . maybe not. But one thing is certain: people are now a lot more health-conscious and health cautious. And that applies to home buyers no less than any other consumers. This means, then, that the real state terrain has been altered too, especially for home sellers. So let’s see what you need to do now to prepare your Tulsa Metro area (Kiefer, Mounds, Glenpool, Bixby, Jenks, Tulsa) house for sale post-pandemic.
Clean and Disinfect . . . Often
Sure,de-cluttering and deep cleaning are standard steps in preparing your Tulsa Metro area house for sale. But now, post-pandemic, you have to take it a step or two further and do it repeatedly.
Not only should you clean your home, but you also need to disinfect as many surfaces as you can. And then make sure potential buyers know that the house has been disinfected. And you need to do this especially when it comes to showing – both before and after.
Here’s what real estate pros recommend: While you should always clean your home before showings, these days, this task is taking on a new level of importance. Be sure to clean your home as thoroughly as you can before and after any scheduled showings in order to create the safest possible environment for everyone involved. Have hand sanitizer available for buyers to use while viewing your home and request that shoes be taken off before entering the home. It is a great idea to turn on all the lights before a showing to reduce the amount of touch.
Virtual Open Houses
Although their effectiveness has been debated, open houses have been an integral part of a home selling for a long time. Now, though, preparing your Tulsa Metro area house for sale post-pandemic means revamping the traditional open house. With technology advances a virtual open house will reach more people and provides great exposure. Homes by Sabrina is part of the Tulsa Real Estate Channel and does virtual open houses every week. These virtual open houses are broadcast live to hundreds of people!
Take Precautions for In-Person Showings
In-person showings are such an important part of selling your home. As long as you, the seller, are not in a high-risk category showing appointments can still be done using extra precautions. We want to be sure the buyers who are viewing your home in person are qualified buyers, have been through the virtual tour, and in good health. Your agent should request a pre-approval letter before granting the in person showing. The agent should also be sure and check that the buyers are not experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19. When a buyer wants to see your Tulsa Metro area (Kiefer, Mounds, Jenks, Glenpool, Bixby, Sapulpa) home in person there is no need for alarm when precaution is taken.
Real estate pros advise sellers to “to clean and disinfect high-touch areas, like countertops and doorknobs, and to leave lights on and doors, closets, and cabinets open to limit what visitors need to touch. And, put a sign on the front door requesting people viewing the home to take off their shoes.”They also recommend making “hand sanitizer and soap available with signs encouraging hand-washing. Once the showing is over, clean and disinfect thoroughly to lower your exposure risk to whatever the buyers may have brought in with them.
Your agent can provide valuable assistance with these in-person showings. Your agent can – and should – vet buyers and eliminate the mere tire kickers. (There’s no sense risking exposure for a buyer who isn’t serious.) As previously stated, a good agent will ensure that buyers are-approved, have taken the virtual tour, and have read the disclosure. To discuss this with a local agent, call (918) 637-7826.
Get Ready for Virtual Marketing
An important piece of what you need to do now to prepare your Tulsa Metro area (Kiefer, Mounds, Bixby, Jenks, Glenpool, Sapulpa) house for sale post-pandemic involves gearing up for virtual marketing. While this means primarily online 3D home tours, you also need to consider a couple of other virtual marketing tactics.
Since in-person open houses are not back to business as usual, virtual open houses are really coming into their own. A virtual open house will still allow you to showcase your home’s best features to as many buyers as possible. Just be sure to contact your agent so that you can get the virtual staging right.
A new tactic in virtual marketing is the agent-led video tour. This is a digital tour “with a sales agent talking about what makes the house unique, special or perfect for an incoming family . . . It’s one thing to view a video that shows an upscale kitchen. It’s quite another thing to be able to ask an agent in real-time via online video when the chef-quality stove was installed and if the counter is marble, granite, or quartz. In this case, video isn’t the only medium to deliver a message; an agent can offer additional content via the spoken word.”
Prepare for a Remote Closing
Another growing post-pandemic phenomenon in real estate (in states where it’s allowed) is the remote closing. When you have a Tulsa Metro house for sale and you reach that final stage, you can do most of it with little risky contact.
Here’s how remote closing works: “If remote closing is possible, title companies prepare the required documents and mail, and then email or upload them to a portal. The title company verifies personal information and identification by video, and the documents are signed electronically. In Oklahoma most title companies offer remote closings, but most still close in the office, but with only the closer and sellers present.
Find an Agent Who Knows What to Do
Ultimately, if you want to make sure you cover everything you need to do now to prepare your Tulsa Metro area (Kiefer, Mounds, Bixby, Jenks, Glenpool, Sapulpa) house for sale post-pandemic, you need an agent who takes this seriously and who knows what to do. Your agent should have a firm grasp of virtual marketing and necessary safety precautions. To find out how we here at Homes by Sabrina can help you during this difficult period, just give us a call at (918) 637-7826 or send us a message!