2020 may feel like the worst possible time to buy or sell a home, but the truth is that there are steps anyone can take to make it as safe and trouble-free as possible. At Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices we are keeping up with the latest recommendations and are pleased to offer you the following tips on how to keep yourself as safe as possible while moving in the tip of COVID.
Do it Yourself if You Can
Movers and moving services are “essential workers” in most states and they are generally still operating. However, smaller companies may be taking fewer jobs or have stopped working altogether. This can drive up the prices. Additionally, the fewer people you have walking through your home, the better.
If you do need to hire movers, call the companies and ask them what they are doing to keep their customers and workers safe. What are their sanitation procedures? What supplies do the movers have to keep areas clean, such as masks, booties, and gloves? Finally, inquire about their cancelation policies. With so up in the air, you want to know you will not be caught paying the full price of the move if you are forced to change your plans.
Keep Contact as Minimal as Possible
Even if you do not work with a moving company, you may need to visit a financing company, a real estate officer, or various other offices. Do not assume that this is required: If anyone asks you to come in, ask if you can complete the process online. If not, ask if there is a contactless way to do so. Do not shake hands. Pay through online methods instead of handling cash and checks.
Take Extra Precautions Yourself
While you want to work with companies that are taking extra sanitary precautions, make sure you are doing your part too. If you are going to be around others, you should have a mask on and should wash your hands any time you touch a surface. Disinfect any objects that are frequently touched, such as handles and doorknobs. Make it easy for everyone to stay safe by keeping soap, paper towels, and sanitizer in convenient areas.
We Can Help You Find a Home from the Comfort of Your Own Home
If you are just starting out on the process, there is good news: Virtual open houses can give you nearly all the information you need to know you want to buy a home. At Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices we are looking at very innovative options like virtual walkthroughs that feel as though you are really walking through the home. Call us at (310) 373-0021 if you are thinking of buying or selling a home.