Since we are currently in the middle of a pandemic, just about every detail of our regular routine has changed in the last few months. One of the industries taking a big hit right now is the real estate business. It may take some time for things to go back to normal, but people still need to buy and sell their homes. This is being achieved by changing several major aspects of the open house process.
No Public Showings
The days of opening the house to everyone in the neighborhood are officially over for the foreseeable future. It is far too dangerous to have dozens of people walking through the house at the same time. While public showings are a great way to build interest, they also attract a lot of noisy neighbors. It will now be much easier to know when someone is truly interested in buying the house.
More Detailed Home Listings
Since public showings are no longer an option, a lot of home browsing will be done online. It is up to the seller and their realtor to make more detailed home listings. Describe the home in full detail. It is also a great idea to take pictures of nearly every inch of the house. The potential buyers need to feel like they have seen the whole house in the pictures.
Virtual Smartphone Tours
Once an interested buyer is found, it is time to lead them on a virtual tour of the house. This can be done with just a smartphone. No fancy tech equipment is needed. Start a video call with the potential buyer before guiding them through the entire house. This process should be very similar to a typical house showing. Describe the fine details of the house and answer any questions posed by the prospective buyer.
Scheduled Private Appointments
If someone absolutely wants to see the home in person, then it is best done through a private appointment. Limit the showing to two or three people. Give everyone in the house plenty of space. It is also a good idea to have everyone wear a mask throughout the showing. Once the potential buyers leave the house, it should be cleaned and sanitized to prevent contamination.