The housing market took a major hit during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, as states begin to reopen, now could be the perfect time to sell your home. Not only is inventory relatively low, but demand is high and interest rates for mortgages are at historic lows, all of which can benefit home sellers.
One factor to consider, however, is that even with restrictions loosening across the country, many home buyers are not going to be eager to tour homes in person. That’s where technology comes in—things like video-chat tours and 3D walkthroughs are safe and effective methods of showing a home. And they are likely to remain popular among buyers and sellers long after the pandemic wanes down.
If you’re thinking about selling your home right now, it’s important to know a little bit about your options for showing your home virtually, as well as how to prepare your home to make a stellar first (and lasting) impression. Let’s discuss some of the factors involved in the process.
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Two of the most popular ways to show a home virtually are through video chat and 3D walkthroughs. In a video-chat tour, your real estate agent will basically use video conferencing software to give prospective buyers a live tour of your home. One advantage of this option is that the agents are available to answer any questions that buyers may have, just like in a physical showing.
Creating a 3D walkthrough of your home will allow buyers to tour your home at their own pace, as they have full control of how they glide through each room and space. With 3D walkthroughs, buyers can measure dimensions, and in some cases, they can even virtually stage the home by adding or removing furniture, decorations, and so on.
No matter how you plan on showing your home, one of your first tasks should be to deep-clean your home. The fact is that even if buyers aren’t viewing your home in person, it still needs to be spotless and shiny to make a good impression.
If you’re having trouble finding the cleaning supplies you need at the local grocery store, consider making your own cleaning solutions at home. Plus, DIY solutions typically contain fewer (if any) harmful chemicals and toxins.
As with cleaning, organizing your home is a non-negotiable when it comes to selling. And keeping your home organized can be an especially daunting task when you have kids and/or have been working from home. This is when it’s worth considering hiring a professional organizer that can find a place for everything, whether it’s organizing bills or developing a system that helps you to minimize clutter. On average, a professional organization service costs about $485.
Finally, be sure to consider any DIY improvements that could raise your home’s value. This can range from major renovations to minor upgrades, depending on your needs and budget. For instance, renovating a bathroom, finishing the basement, painting the front door, sprucing up the landscaping, and redecorating are all effective projects for adding value and appeal.
There are several reasons why it could be a great time to sell your home. The important thing is how you approach the process so that you can improve your chances of buyers meeting your asking price. Learn what you can about virtual touring and how you could use it to sell your home, and make sure your home stays clean and organized while it’s on the market. Lastly, look into any DIY improvement projects that could boost the value and appeal of your home.
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