Do you need to sell your house right now when non-essential businesses may be closed, and social distancing may make it impossible to show your for-sale home in person? Don’t worry! There are ways to make it happen!
Is Your Home Selling Team Available to Help?
When you are selling, you generally rely on a team of people to help including your realtor, your home stager and photographer. You may also need people to clean, paint or do basic repairs, maintenance or remodeling. Based on the federal, state and local guidelines and mandates for your area, this may be difficult to have some of these people help you in person right now. You will need to follow the rules for your area and your own conscience as to what will be safe for you, your family and the people that are helping you.
In some states that have stay at home orders, real estate services are considered an essential service and Realtors may be able to conduct real estate business, but other states do not consider real estate to be an essential service, limiting real estate activities to actions that may be accomplished remotely. Even where real estate services are “essential”, many Realtors may still be working remotely whenever possible and even doing virtual home tours with potential home buyers.
Construction, Maintenance and Painting Services
Construction, including but not limited to: “Skilled trades such as electrician, plumbers…” may be considered essential services in some states and not others. These companies may include painting. Some of these businesses may or may not be operating for services you need and if they are, you need to decide for yourself if you want to assume the risk of having people in your home working.
In person home staging is not likely considered an essential service in any state with shelter in place restrictions right now.
Professional photography is also unlikely to be considered an essential service. Your realtor may be able to take photos for you, although it is unlikely to be the same quality as you would get from a professional real estate photographer.
Think Out of the Box
Think out of the box. if your Realtor can do virtual home tours with potential buyers, this is a great option. To be effective you need beautiful photos that highlight your home’s best features. The best way to get those is to have your home staged. What if you can’t get a home stager right now?
Home Staging Options
Virtual Home Staging Consultation
You have several options. If you are living in the home while it is on the market, you can do a virtual home staging consultation. This usually involves answering some questions by phone or in a questionnaire, sending some photos and then doing a video conference with your stager. They will tell you everything you need to do inside and out to stage your home so you can get great photos. You can even take them on a virtual tour of the home on Facetime, Zoom or Skype for the consultation as if they were right there with you in person. Then you can take the information and do the staging yourself. Your stager may offer a follow-up look at your after photos and final advice after you are done.
If your home will be vacant while on the market, consider virtual staging. Virtual staging takes your well-lit professional photos and puts furniture and accessories in the photo so the buyer gets a sense of scale and can see how furniture could fit, be arranged and get a feeling for the home. In a virtual tour the realtor could show both the vacant and virtually staged photos to buyers. It’s hard to get buyers to fall in love with a bunch of pictures of empty rooms!
Do You Need Help?
I offer both virtual home staging consultations and virtual staging services and am happy to help you, wherever you live. Best of luck with your home sale!