Selling A Home While Social Distancing In Memphis Tennessee
2020 introduced the world to the term Coronavirus and the serious repercussions that come along with this virus. It doesn't discriminate and has effected our schools, businesses, churches, sports and every day way of living our lives. I never imagined having to live through an epidemic where I could literally touch a random door knob and it could possibly change my life or a family members life forever. Scary isn't it? But this is our reality until we are able to find a cure or vaccine.
Before the epidemic hit, I would be out networking or meeting new clients on a daily basis. Shaking hands, giving fist bumps or issuing church hugs were the normal(teaching moment: example of a church hug below).
Now fast forward to August 2020 and none of those things are acceptable or wise. Despite all of the things that are going on, the world and our lives continue to move forward. People still need jobs, kids still need love and attention from their parents and some people may need to sell their home in the Memphis market during this time.
How Can I Sell A Home And Social Distance At The Same Time?
If I was in the process of needing to sell my home fast the above question would be one of the first things I'd be researching on how to do. We all know the traditional steps taken to selling a home. Number one would be to reach out to a real estate investor or real estate agent concerning selling your home. We then would have that person come out to view our home and take internal and external pics to be posted online. Then the fun part starts where we schedule to have TOTAL STRANGERS enter our homes to see if this is the cozy rosey they have always dreamed of and want to purchase.
None of those things seemed to scream social distancing to me but where there is a will there is a way! One of the ways to social distance while selling your home is to incorporate technology into the process. By now we all should have heard of programs like zoom, facetime or good ol skype. These are visual interaction tools that would allow you to be able to show your home to agents, investors or potential buyers. Instead of having random people tracking through your home you could schedule a time to have a zoom meeting or facetime session showing off your home.
But What If I Have To Have A Physical Person Come Out To My Home?
First and foremost if someone has to come to your home they should be wearing a mask. NO MASK NO PASS is the motto I'm living by for now. There may be some that do not agree but hey I'm not here to sell you on it. To each their own! You and that person should also try social distancing 6 feet apart from each other. It's your home so pull out that tape measure and create a marking on the floor so there is no question if you have enough space reserved. You can also have gloves or hand sanitizer available for use while you are meeting. Once the meeting is over and the contract is signed instead of the normal hand shake you can give an elbow bump or just say no contact during these trying times. They will understand I promise you.
I mentioned signing contracts earlier and there is also a way to do that safely. Agents and investors can utilize a program called Docusign that will enable you sign purchase agreements and contracts digitally without having to touch a physical form. You don't have to worry about germs on a form and you can do it from the comfort of your home.
These examples are just a few things I wanted to share with homeowners here in my hometown of Memphis and around the world. Selling a home is already a stressful time in people lives. I want to make sure those lives remain safe and healthy during these coronavirus times. Until next time be safe.......... I'm Out