Selling Your Home During the COVID-19 Outbreak

The term “new normal” has been used a lot lately when describing the rippling effect the Coronavirus, COVID-19 has had on our country and the world. But there is nothing normal about empty parks, clear roads or long-term school closures. And there is certainly nothing normal about selling your home when you literally can’t be anywhere else.

So far, the real estate market in Metro Atlanta remains open for business but gone are the days of running to Starbucks to pass the time while potential buyers tour your home.

All the medical experts will advise you that the safest route right now is to hold off on putting your home on the market. The rules of the past regarding the best times to sell your home, currently do not apply.

Life, however, isn’t always that simple and you may be facing circumstances that require you to move forward with your home selling process regardless of a shelter-in-place order from your city.

It’s time to get creative and flexible…

1. Create a Video Walk Through of Your Home

Clean the house, turn on all of the lights, organize closets, remove any clutter, pick up the rugs and take down any personal photos… then start filming! You’ll want to film in a “POV” (point of view) style using a DSLR camera or the newest smart phone you have. If you’re using a phone, remember to hold it horizontally while filming.

If your realtor doesn’t have the equipment or experience to do this for you, there are so many resources available online to help guide you through the process. Here’s a great example to get started: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GWtK4berZ2s

2. Teleconference Live Virtual Tours with Realtors & Buyers

Technology is playing the biggest role in keeping our economy afloat while we navigate through this current health crisis. Be open to giving potential buyers as many virtual home tours as they request until they feel ready to make an offer. At that time discuss with your realtor about a plan for physical home showings. Discuss a plan that allows sanitizing between appointments and precautions you would like the buyers to take when in the home; i.e. No shoes inside the house, no touch policy unless wearing gloves, only the essential people attend (no children) and if anyone is having symptoms of any kind, they do not attend.

3. Move Out, If Possible

Moving out before your home sells is not an option for everyone unless you have the financial means or a generous friend or family member that can offer you a place to stay without adding any extra risk to either one of you (i.e. someone in the house is a health worker and you are immune compromised or vice versa).

If you have a parent or a grandparent who could use the extra company, it’s a win-win for the both of you! What sounds better than spending some precious time with grandma while your empty house remains open for potential buyers?

Now once you move onto the closing process, we can take it from there! All of us at Frank Pallotta Law are working day and night with real estate agents in Cherokee and neighboring counties to ensure business continues for our clients. You can read more about the steps we are taking to keep your closing process moving forward while also maintaining everyone’s health and safety in our Message To Our Clients About COVID-19 and check out our Facebook for updates as things progress.

A Message to Our Clients about COVID-19

All of us at Frank Pallotta Law Firm want to take a moment to express our care and concern for every single one of our customers during this time of uncertainty surrounding the Coronavirus. Amidst school closures and overall daily life disruptions, we remain. We will continue to give our clients, friends and family the class A service that you have come to expect.

And while it’s not business as usual, it is still business and we are prepared to be flexible. Whether it’s changing an in-person meeting to a virtual one or a previously scheduled appointment to a different date, there’s nothing we can’t work out if we continue to communicate and help each other!

If all parties wish to continue with the closing process, we are prepared to deliver a clean and safe environment or adjust our closing locations and procedures as needed to maximize safety and comfort.

Before any customers and/or visitors come to the closing appointment, we ask that you go through a quick self assessment to monitor your symptoms, if any. Below are a few questions to ask yourself. If you answer ‘yes’ to any of them, please stay home and call your doctor. Access to our offices will be denied to anyone showing symptoms so we ask that you simply alert us in advance so we can make other arrangements.

1. Have you had close contact with or cared for someone diagnosed with COVID-19 within the last 14 days?

2. Have you returned from a cruise trip or any of the countries with travel restrictions from the CDC site in the last 14 days?

3. Have you experienced fever, cough, and/or shortness of breath in the last 14 days (symptoms can also include sore throat, respiratory illness, difficulty breathing)?

If you have any concerns, please give us a call and let us know how we can customize your closing experience.

Everyone at Frank Pallotta Law Firm will be doing their part to ensure your health and safety.

Be well,

Frank B. Pallotta, Attorney at Law