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Would you be Covid tested if it was required to Sell a home?

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Godzyk Real Estate Services NH License 033394

A Home Owner called and said they wanted to Sell their home. However there was a condition. I would have to provide a negative test to be able to go inside their home. They went as far as saying any buyer who wanted to see their home, would also have to provide a negative test. 

 

I have not had any seller request this before. Before we get into testing, I need some more information. Are you looking to sell now? They said yes. Next, i asked if they already had a new home to move to, or do they need assistance in finding one. They will be moving in with their daughter. Then they and their daughter will search for a new home with an inlaw area. Their daughter would then need to sell their home. 

 

The next set of questions was to learn more about their house. They enjoyed telling me about all the work they put into it. I let them know it sounds wonderful and i can not wait to see it. The seller then confessed they asked two other agents to be tested and they both said no. I let them know I would get tested if they were ready to list with me when we met. They were both on the line and happily said yes. They thanked me for spending an hour on the phone with them and knew i was the one they should choose.

 

I got tested at my local drug store and got my negative test back. I got a call from their daughter both thanking me and apologizing for her parents fears of Covid. After a brief talk about their parents fear, she confessed her parents would ask all buyers to also have a test. I let her know in a nice manner that was asking a lot. That perhaps we should move her parents into her home now. Get the home cleaned and sell it vacant so her parents would not be subject to any buyers or covid germs.

 

She gasped. I gasped. But, she agreed that would be best. Her parents have not left their home except for doctor appointments and although lonely, were not ready for strangers in their home. The daughter loved my idea and we let the parents know. They also loved the idea. They signed the listing contract and we came up with a price and time frame.

 

 

IN SUMMARY this seller had both fears and problems that needed to be addressed. Although asking to be tested was a lot. It was part of what it took to make them comfortable. They were happy i went above and beyond what a Realtor is normally asked to do. 

 

 

 

THE MORAL OF THE STORY is that in the end, the most important thing in Real Estate for me is provide GREAT SERVICE. I want to stand out from the crowd. My philosophy is simple. To provide more personal and professional service to guide my clients through each step of the selling and buying process.

 

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To CONTACT Scott Godzyk please call 603.661.2121 or EMAIL: Sctprop@aol.com .

 

About the Author: Scott Godzyk is the Owner/Broker of the Godzyk Real Estate Services in Manchester NH. Proud to be locally owned and operated with 35 years of experience, Scott is a leading Agent for Listing and Selling Homes in this area.We are Full Time Agents ready to serve all of your Real Estate needs. Servicing Hillsborough, Rockingham, Merrimack and Belknap counties. 

 

    

 

 

Comments(11)

Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Hi Scott... I would have no issue being tested... at this point, I'm just waiting on my second covid vaccination in a few weeks, in any event. But to ask prospective buyers and their agents to be tested is a bit of a stretch. You found a good solution.

Mar 07, 2021 05:31 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Oswego, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Scott. I would have to think about it. Your solution was a good one. Enjoy your day!

Mar 07, 2021 05:33 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Hello Scott - questions can be used as conversation-starters.  Mission Accomplished.    

Mar 07, 2021 05:38 AM
Debb Janes
Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
Put My Love of Nature At Work for You

I too like your solution, and yes, I would get tested to ease serious sellers' mind. I'm also waiting on my second dose of the vaccine. 

Mar 07, 2021 06:47 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate Services

Would I be tested to obtain a listing?  It would depend on many things.  

The real issue here is the seller's fear which you addressed with a great solution. Move out of the house so buyers can see it without forcing a test on someone who may love the house yet unwilling to meet the seller's demand to be tested. 

Mar 07, 2021 07:29 AM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA
Realtor

Well done!  I might do it, but are they satisfied with one?  Do they need a weekly test?  I am getting my first test just before a medical proceedure in about 2 weeks.  Looking forward to it.  Ha!

Mar 07, 2021 07:49 AM
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster Real Estate - Gainesville, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

Your solution was fantastic.  If a seller is that freaked about germs, they should already be out of the house when it hits the market.

Mar 07, 2021 09:28 AM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ
602-380-4886

I feel for those folks that have been stuck at home for a year and are fearful of covid.  Glad you were able to help them out and come up with some great solutions. Good job Scott!

Mar 07, 2021 10:25 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good afternoon Scott Godzyk ,

We are problem solvers and you asked the right questions to get to the root of the problem. Your suggestion made the most sense for all concerned..nicely done!

Mar 07, 2021 11:53 AM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Getting a person test would not have been an issue as it was also a personal reason. Asking all that visit would be a major stumbling block to selling.  Good way to allay all fears

Mar 08, 2021 06:03 AM
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

I've said it before and bet I'll say it again - you get the most interesting customers.

Mar 08, 2021 01:46 PM