Selling a home means streams of people coming into your space with open houses, home tours, inspections, appraisals, and more.
Even in the best of times, this is a major disruption to life. During COVID-19, however, there are many health and safety concerns with these tours. Here’s how to keep your Rochester home tours safe during COVID-19.
Host a Virtual Open House First
The Coronavirus Pandemic has forced the real estate industry to adapt to using technology in new ways. Virtual Open Houses were essentially nonexistent in 2019, and now they are extremely commonplace. Hosting a virtual open house is a great way to safely show your house to a large number of prospective buyers.
More serious buyers will surely want to see your home in person, but a virtual open house can help weed out the less interested parties and limit the number of people coming to see your home in person.
Proper Cleaning and Disinfecting
Because some people with COVID-19 might be asymptomatic, you never know if someone walking through your home (or even you, yourself) might be unknowingly carrying the virus. Properly cleaning and disinfecting surfaces before and after the home tour is imperative for keeping everyone safe.
The University of Rochester Medical Center has released some tips and guidelines for cleaning and disinfecting homes. These tips include:
- Wash hands frequently before, during, and after cleaning
- Clean surfaces first with a household cleaner or soap, and then disinfect with hydrogen peroxide or a store-bought disinfectant
- Disinfect things that people touch most often like tables, doorknobs, sinks, faucets, and toilets frequently
- Use alcohol to clean and disinfect electronics
Another perk of all the constant cleaning and disinfecting is that your house will smell good and look clean, which is always a bonus for potential buyers. Clean houses show better and keep everyone safe and healthy.
Masks and Social Distancing
When prospective buyers enter your house for a home tour it’s entirely appropriate to ask them to wear a mask. Many home sellers even provide a box of disposable masks and hand sanitizer at the door.
Although you likely won’t be at home when the buyer comes with their agent to tour your home, you can use signs to remind them to sanitize, wear masks, maintain social distance and refrain from touching surfaces when possible.
WNY Home Buyers Will Buy Your Rochester Home
If you’re ready to be rid of your house and don’t want the hassle of selling with an agent and dealing with home tours, WNY Home Buyers can help. We buy houses in any condition for cash. We’ll gather some information about your property and make you an offer within a few days. We can close on any day of your choosing and you’ll walk away with cash in hand without the stress of a traditional home sale during COVID-19. We buy homes in Rochester, Buffalo, Niagara Falls, and the surrounding areas in New York. Call us today!