Buying and selling during COVID-19 has brought some new changes to real estate market. While the state of Colorado is now in a Level 2: Safer at Home and in the Vast, Great Outdoors, more and more people are listing and buying homes on the Western Slope. Read below on how to stay safe while acquiring your dream home.
Buying & Selling in Montrose
The real estate market is recovering in Montrose, and the surrounding Western Slope.
Good News!: Realtors are still seeing multiple offers with homes priced under $300K within the first week when priced at market value.
Now that we are in June, we are starting to see more of increased median home prices, more homes are under contract, lower days on the market, and a more aggressive market steadily rising. Are you ready to put your house on the market? There is literally no time like the present.
As we are all adjusting to the new normal, this is a great time to reconsider the best practices of real estate during the COVID-19 pandemic. Since the Coronavirus can be spread through both person-to-person contact, and as well as contact with contaminated surfaces, you’d be safer to assume that each person entering your home could be a carrier. The inherent nature of buying and selling incorporates many transactions, such as viewing the property, inspections, walk-through, etc. The more contact through these varying transactions can increase your risk of contracting COVID-19.
Therefore, all parties in the buying and selling process are encouraged to take every precaution as prescribed by global, federal, state, and local governments and health organizations to protect themselves, their families, and the public.
Did you know that your broker will not ask you to leave your property during a showing? However, it’s completely up to you if you choose to stay. Regardless if you stay or leave, I’ve compiled a list of best practices for you to navigate the selling of your home. Some the following tips may be a no-brainer, but sometimes more information is better than less.
- If someone occupying the property has tested positive for COVID-19, Do NOT allow showings.
- Always wear a mask while in the presence of others at your property.
- Maintain six feet of distance between you and others during the visitation.
- Turn on all your lights, and be sure to open all of your bedroom and closet doors, and even some cabinets. (The less your potential buyer has to touch, the better!)
- After each showing, you should sanitize and disinfect the property.
When you’re going house to house, it’s important take precautions to prevent the spread of disease. Here are a few tips that will have you stepping into your dream home in no time.
- Always wear a mask and gloves while viewing the property.
- Only the buyers (those signing the contract) should be present for the showings.
- You’ll be the only set of buyers at the property at one time, for there are no overlapping showings.
- If you cannot make your showing, be sure to call your realtor to reschedule.
- When in the house, do not touch anything, such as the counters, cabinets, appliances, doorknobs, etc.
- It’s not recommended to use the bathroom during the time, so take care of your business before hand!
- Maintain six feet of distance between you, your realtor, and the sellers (if present).
The Extra Mile
By just adding a few extra steps to the buying and selling process, you can ensure your safety, as well as the safety of everyone else. Moreover, I will go the extra mile for you. Your comfort, whether you’re buying or selling, is important to me. As a Keller Williams Realtor, I specialize in residential, commercial, and land properties in Montrose, and the surrounding areas.