Selling Your Home Amid Covid Anxieties
Moving is stressful enough without having to worry about Covid-19, but there are some measures you can take to control the situation and lessen your worries.
Showing your home
If you plan to sell your home yourself instead of using a realtor, careful planning will help protect you and potential buyers. Instead of following the common practice of having an open house, consider scheduling appointments so you have time to sanitize your place between showings. Leave all the lights on throughout your house to minimize contact with light switches and lamps. Place hand sanitizers, cleaning wipes and paper towels on counter tops for visitors to use, then sterilize any surfaces that they might have touched between viewings. The Center for Disease control has a website with sanitation guidelines in case you need to know more:
https://www.ready.gov/ has additional useful information.
Investigate moving companies for the best practices before you book
Most professional movers these days, including MoveStar, are following CDC best practices to minimize the spread of infection. It’s a good idea find out what your prospective moving company’s current procedures are to stay safe – you can usually find this information on their website. MoveStar offers cancelling or rescheduling moves without financial penalties.
Prepare for your move with safety in mind
Avoid recycled boxes. Buy new boxes and tape. Stock up on food items you’ll need for the period before you move. You can donate any leftovers to the North Texas Food Bank (https://ntfb.org/get-involved/donate/donate-food/) or other similar organizations.
Work with your movers
After you hire a mover, both you and the company and you hire have a role to play in protecting employees and yourself. Although common practice for reputable moving companies is to visit your home and view your belongings in person for an estimate, given the current situation, many now provide estimates by phone if you’re anxious about home visits. They’ll know the proper questions to ask. If possible, delay your move if your household includes vulnerable groups like people who are over 60 or have preexisting medical issues. Let the movers know if anyone in your household has been diagnosed with Covid-19 so they can work out a safe plan with you. Request that the movers wear gloves during the move. Most will provide soap and hand sanitizers for their workers – if not, make them available.
Following these step will ease your anxieties and help give you a sense of control.
If you have any questions about our policies or anything we can do to help through this difficult time, please contact Movestar.