The provincial government has added “Real Estate Trading Services” to the list of items that are essential for the economic wellbeing of our province.
What are we, your Realtors®, advising our clients who are wanting to sell or buy? First and foremost, stay home and stay healthy. Your health and safety are most important. Second, call us. We want to hear how you’re doing and answer any questions you may have about our market.
If you’re wanting to sell this year, take this time at home to get it ready for the market. On the sunny days, go outside and tend to your yard or if you have a condo, spruce it up by cleaning the deck, polishing the rails and glass and adding some potted plants. On those days when it’s raining, freshen up with paint, clean out the closets and get some of those cleaning tasks you’ve been putting off done. Once you’ve got the place looking fabulous, give us a call and we will book the photoshoot, floor plans and for every home, we list we are offering the 3D tour so potential buyers can virtually walk through your home online.
If you’re wanting to buy this year, expect that we will be sending you every available document, photos, floor plans and if available virtual 3D tour links. We’ll ask you to review everything and then go walk the neighbourhood. If you’re still interested but have questions, we’ll contact the listing agent and get the answers. If everything you’ve learned about the home ticks all the boxes for you, then we will book a viewing. At the viewing, we will first walk the property before entering the home. If there’s a deal-breaker at that point, we won’t enter the home.
Like all big changes to the industry, COVID-19 has created the need for new paperwork. For our buyers, we will need to go over a “disclosure of risk” form. And for both buyers and sellers, you will begin to see new clauses appearing in contracts that protect both sides from potential delays caused by forced isolation or travel restrictions, caused by the COVID-19 crisis.
Buyers and sellers, be rest assured we are following ALL the COVID-19 protocols when viewing homes. Masks and gloves are recommended. We also request shoes to be removed outside the home’s entrance. Please do not touch anything in the home. If you need to open a closet door or the cupboard under the sink, allow us to do that for you.
Yes, this is all very different, but we will keep moving forward, and get through this together.
Holly Sansom, Real Estate ProfessionalVictoria Property Specialists Group @ RE/MAX CAMOSUN