Homebuyers find themselves in a rough spot these days. Before the pandemic hit, it was all systems go for anyone looking to purchase some real estate. Then along came COVID-19, and potential homebuyers were thrown for a loop.
Today, many are still getting used to the precautions they need to take when going house hunting.
Fortunately, the industry has quickly adjusted to the situation and has made it possible for buyers to search for a new house right in their own homes.
The steps to buying a home during the COVID-19 crisis remain largely the same, albeit shopping for your new home now is mostly done via the Internet. Given the “new normal,” we’ve put together some tips for successful online house hunting:
Define your dream house
The fact that you can access thousands of listings with a single click is a PLUS for online house hunters. Given the volume of options available, having a clearcut picture of the kind of house you want will make it easier to shortlist viable properties. Start by listing down the home’s ideal size, how many beds and bathrooms it should have, and must-have features you’re looking for.
Visit trusted websites
THE GROESBECK GROUP website is an SSL secured website so you can navigate with ease and peace of mind. We don’t sell your information and use it only for real estate purposes.
Use the search filter function
With thousands of properties listed online for Skagit County alone, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. Fortunately, our website has a filter function that helps you set your search criteria. That way, only properties that match your budget, size, and desired location will be displayed.
Maximize virtual home tours
Virtual home tours are typically delivered in one of two ways: as a 360-degree photo or a remote walk-through with the seller’s agent. For those viewing a 360-degree photo, make sure to take a peek at every corner of the room. If you think the house is promising but would like to see more of the property, let us know and we will gladly do a real time virtual showing with you.
Learn about the neighborhood
When you purchase a home, you’re not just buying a property but a lifestyle as well. That’s why it’s important to research the kind of community the house is situated in. Is it near good schools? Is the crime rate low? Are there nearby parks and greenspaces? How accessible is the location? We are experts in our area! We will let you know about the neighborhood and answer all your questions.
Stay safe when visiting properties
Once you’ve narrowed down your choices, you’ll want to set an appointment for an in-person house tour. In light of the current pandemic, of course, extra precautions must be taken. Wear a face mask, observe social distancing, and avoid touching surfaces to keep yourself protected against potentially asymptomatic people in the home.
The way people buy homes has changed—this is just the way things will have to be moving forward, at least for the foreseeable future. But one thing remains the same: a home will always and forever be an essential need.