You are thinking of moving during quarantine but aren’t sure how to do so safely. It’s important to recognize the danger to keep your family safe, and the following guide will help you prepare for this move so that you do it as safely as you can.
Find the Home
This step hasn’t changed much. First, you are going to have to find a good home for your family. Ideally, you want to choose a home that is nearby. For example, if you are near Temecula, look for homes for sale in Temecula.
COVID-19 poses a real threat to you and your family, which only gets worse if you travel too far. The good thing is there are likely a lot of great homes nearby. Of course, if you have to travel, make sure you consider traveling by car rather than taking public transportation. Exposing yourself and family like that wouldn’t be a good idea right now.
Talk to a Realtor
The next thing you want to do is find a good realtor. In the past, you were probably only concerned about someone who met your needs, like being an expert in VA real estate if you’re a veteran, but things have changed.
You have to worry about other things, like how this realtor is going to keep you safe. If you are going to be touring the house at some point, make sure your realtor is going to take precautions to help keep you safe. There are a lot of things he or she can do to keep you safe, such as wearing masks and gloves.
Steer Towards Virtual
Virtual touring has been on the rise for a long time, but now that’s even more important with the COVID-19 outbreak. Being able to tour a home from the safety of your home is incredibly important right now. You can see more homes with your family and eliminate the houses you don’t think are right for you.
You must narrow down your choices as much as possible. Now is not the time to tour a lot of houses to keep you as safe as possible. Make sure the realtor working with you can supply you with high-quality pictures and video tours that give you a real sense of the houses you’re considering.
Take the Precautions
Okay, at some point, you are going to have to visit the house you are most interested in. You don’t need to, but if you want to go, there are a few precautions you’ll have to take, like making sure you don’t come with the family. Reduce the risk by making sure it’s just you or just you and your partner. Of course, bring your preventative gear with you, such as a mask and gloves.
It may seem strange to do all this, but this is meant to save you and your family’s lives. You should also carry a disinfection kit with you so that you can keep yourself as clean as possible after the tour is done. Try to do a quick tour; write down a list of questions, and give those questions to your realtor who can answer them later on through email so that you don’t spend too much time there.
eClosings Aren’t Fully There Yet
Unfortunately, most states haven’t legalized eClosings, and California is one of those states. Hopefully, that changes quickly, especially under this pandemic because it’ll make signing the paperwork much safer for everyone.
If you choose a home and are ready to finalize the deal, then make sure you take as many precautions as possible. Call ahead and talk to the people involved, like the notary republic. Be sure that they are going to take this as seriously as possible. You want to hear that they’ll be wearing safety gear like you. Do your best to make this process move along quickly.
These are just some things you need to consider if you are going to be buying a new home during the quarantine. It is going to be a little more work, but you know that all of these steps are worth it to keep your family safe.
Tarah Mills has always had a passion for writing. Her philosophy is that not only can writing be educational, but it can change the world. While she is dedicated to her work, she still enjoys a good game of basketball, curling up to a good book, and all things Star Wars. She currently resides in the Richmond, Virginia area with her family.