Tips for buying, selling home during pandemic


Dayv Morgan

By Dayv Morgan

When COVID-19 reached Arizona, the number of homebuyers decreased, as did the number of sellers.
This has kept the supply of houses low, meaning Maricopa remains a seller’s market with many homes going under contract in the first couple of weeks.
Even before real estate was considered an “essential business” by executive order of the governor, Realtors had safe practices in place to guide homebuyers and home sellers through pandemic procedures. Homes on the market are still being shown, but sellers and buyers can take precautions.

• If someone living in the home is ill, do not host a showing. Ask your agent to arrange a video tour for prospective buyers.
• Make hand sanitizer readily available for all guests and ask them to use it. You may also ask potential buyers to remove their shoes or make “booties” available.
• Open all cabinets and all interior doors so guests will not need to touch them. Turn on all lights and lamps before the showing so guests are not touching switches.
• Before a showing and directly after a showing, wipe down all surfaces in the home with disinfectant.
• If you are ill, do not attend home showings. Ask your Realtor about a video tour of the home that has your interest.
• Drive yourself to the home being shown rather than traveling with your agent.
• Don’t touch surfaces or objects.
• Wash your hands with soap, following CDC guidelines, after every showing. Realtors will be reminding potential homebuyers in your house to observe all social-distancing norms. Discuss with your real estate agent any concerns you have about participating in home showings during a pandemic. 
For Realtors the health and safety of their clients and themselves are top priority.

Dayv Morgan is a Maricopa Realtor and owner of HomeSmart Success.

This column appears in the May issue of InMaricopa.