Due to the pandemic, virtual operations have become the order of the day. Even persons and businesses that did not appreciate virtual platforms of operation before can now attest to the fact that such platforms are necessary in the modern-day world. Most industries and in particular, the real estate industry have been at the forefront to ensure that their clients stay safe, and while they do so, they can still shop and view homes virtually. The number one priority in your life right now is probably staying free from COVID-19. However, this does not take away your urge to find a home either for purchase or rent.
Here are some tips for virtual home shopping that can help you stay as safe as possible:
Make a list of your top choice of homes
The current pandemic times have forced most people to change their way of living hence hindering movement. We understand the fulfillment that comes with visiting a wide range of homes before finally settling on the most preferred. However, times have now changed, and visiting several homes might risk your health. Therefore, you must narrow down the list of the homes you would want to visit and only pay a visit to your top choice.
Well, internet platforms have become life saviors for most persons and businesses in the past few years. Realtors have invested in virtual technology hence making it possible for virtual house tours for buyers. You no longer have to be in a room of a home you have seen online to experience the fulfillment it brings. With the availability of 3-D virtual house tours, you can view a home’s features and experience what it has to offer without your physical presence.
Opt for a Facetime or video tours in the absence of 3-D virtual
Some sellers might not have virtual tours as at the time you want to find a home. Therefore the best way to view the home is through Facetime with your agent. Most sellers can agree to let in a masked agent than a group of people seeking to see the home. Facetiming will allow you to take a “tour” of the home without being physically present.
Schedule a live showing
When you finally find the home you have always been looking for, the desire to bring friends and family for the viewing might arise. Times have changed now, and everyone is trying to keep safe, come with those whose views on the home matter. During the viewing, pay attention to detail, take enough photos, and ensure that you have captured all the required information; this way, you won’t need a second visit.
Exercise safety, it creates a good first impression
The modern-day sign of care is wearing a mask. Ensure you have one on before you head out to view the home. Also, always talk to your realtors before and request for all the doors to be opened. Touching the doorknobs is one way of putting yourself and the seller at risk. With open entrances and exits, you won’t have to come into contact with the high traffic areas.
In general, let the pandemic not stop you from getting into your dream home, there is an alternative in every difficult situation, and for now, virtual home shopping is the way. Have fun!