4 Steps to Safely Show Real Estate During a Pandemic
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way real estate showings are managed. In some states, open houses are prohibited unless a property is unoccupied or vacant. Masks and social distancing are mandatory for prospective buyers and their agents. In other states, rules are looser for home tours and showings.
When you're allowed to conduct home showings and tours, take extra steps to protect your clients and yourself from coronavirus. Here are four steps to conduct the safest real estate showings while the pandemic is active.
Develop and Circulate Your Safety Plans
The National Association of Realtors and other property-related organizations have developed detailed guidelines to help agents and sellers create safe showing protocols. Read through professional materials on COVID-19 precautions to create individualized safety plans for your showings.
Why You Should Have a Home Inspection on New Construction
Home inspection is very important to the general home buying process. Home inspection on new construction is even more important, as many mistakes could be made on new construction.
Aren’t New Homes Built to Code?
The reality is that many new homes are only built to minimum standards. Most home builders build houses to a level that makes the construction legal. Some do not even reach the legal level. The minimum required by law is going to be worse generally than what the best building practices are. A home inspector will be able to tell you what the quality is of your new construction.
Throw Away That Real Estate Brochure Box
Visualize the listing ID number texted into the receiving text address, with an automatic text message reply linking to the online listing brochure. The drive-up visitor doesn't have to leave the comfort of their car to get a much more detailed brochure about the home; it's never empty either.
Once the drive-by home shoppers leave, they're taking that text message home, and they can look at it later as much as they want, often generating a request for a showing. All this is great and not terribly expensive, but there is more as well.