How To Prepare Your New Jersey House For Sale Post Pandemic

How To Prepare Your New Jersey House For Sale Post Pandemic

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 New Jersey house for sale post-pandemic.

Clean and Disinfect . . . Often

Sure,de-cluttering and deep cleaning are standard steps in preparing your New Jersey 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. You may also want to have a selection of personal hygiene products like hand sanitizer available for buyers to use while they are viewing your home.”

Forget 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 New Jersey house for sale post-pandemic means dropping those open houses altogether.

Larger gatherings with people in close proximity are simply not a good idea {if they are allowed at all). During an open house, there is simply no good way to control how many people come into your home and how they behave while there. Industry pros recommend canceling such events and relying on other methods and tactics to sell your home.

Take Precautions for In-Person Showings

In-person showings should, of course, be kept to a minimum, but there will still be the inevitable few. Some buyers will want to see your New Jersey house for sale in person. In those cases, you should prepare for and take extra precautions.

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.”nThey 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.) 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 (855) 932-8987.

Get Ready for Virtual Marketing

An important piece of what you need to do now to prepare your New Jersey 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 ara now out, 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.

Anew 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 New Jersey 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. Another option is using a mobile notary, who travels to a buyer or seller’s home or workplace to complete the closing to limit in-person contact.”

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 New Jersey 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 remote, digital closing. To find out how our qualified agents can help you during this difficult period, just give us a call at (855) 932-8987 or send us a message!

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