Spring normally begins home buying season, but this March and April brought some different trends to the market. While there are still homes on the market, some buyers are wondering how to navigate buying a home while under a quarantine. We have gathered a few ways to keep yourself safe without giving up your dream of becoming a homeowner.
This is the best way to handle most things with a quarantine. Most agents are offering virtual tours, lenders are working remotely, and home inspections are more virtual than in person.
Less Physical Contact
Of course, if you’re still doing a final walk through or in-person tour, contact is limited. The number of people allowed in the home will be as few as possible, definitely under ten, and many sellers are leaving closet doors and cabinets open so that multiple people don’t have to touch them during tours.
Of course, shoes carry a ton of germs. If possible, whether you’re buying or selling, try to remove shoes so they aren’t leaving germs on carpets and around the house for those concerned about passing the virus.
There’s no reason that a buyer and seller need to be in the same place to sign paperwork. More importantly, the ability and convenience of signing electronically is welcomed by most anyway.
If buying a home was in the process for you when things closed, there’s ways to still make it happen. Be safe and if something feels too risky, ask your agent if there is a way to do it virtually.