COVID-19 has put plenty of things in our life but it does not have to make you put off buying a new house. However, there are a few steps you should follow to make sure you are staying safe. When you work with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices you can count on us to find innovative ways to help you find the house of your dreams without putting you in harm’s way.
Look at the Interior of Homes Online
It is always a good idea to trust your real estate agent to help you find the right home, but this is even more true when it comes to buying a home in a pandemic. They are able to privately view homes and get an idea of whether or not they are a good choice for you. You can then review pictures online to see if you believe it is a match. If you think that it is, then you can drive by the home to see the exterior. At that point, if you are pre-approved for a mortgage and seriously interested in the property, you can schedule a private viewing.
How to Stay Safe When You Go for an Interior Viewing
When you do go to see a home in person, wear your mask as you would when going anywhere. Do not touch anything in the home. Use your hand sanitizer. Wash your hands as soon as possible after finishing your tour. Your agent can help make the home safer too, by arriving before you to open the windows and doors, get all the lights turned on, and take other steps to ensure as much airflow as possible and that you do not have to touch any surface.
Consider Adding a COVID Addendum
If you are going to make an offer, consider a COVID-19 addendum. This is necessary for many because the pandemic has left so many of us living with uncertainty. You can have the best of intentions that you intend to buy the property, but another issue could arise out of nowhere and make that impossible. There are addendums that can be added that gives you wiggle room in the event you lose your job due to coronavirus, and options that spell out what will happen if there are delays caused by the closure of government or financial institutions.
The Key is Finding the Right Real Estate Professional
While there are many factors involved, the most important thing to do is to ensure that you have the right help on your side. That begins with finding the right real estate professionals. To get started, contact Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices at (310) 373-0021 for help.