Nothing can stop life from happening. Not bad days at the office, not financial setbacks, not a growing laundry list of errands to run. And not even a global pandemic.
Despite the widespread confusion and sadness brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, it is still necessary to live your life and make the best possible choices for your family. Sometimes, that means buying a new home.
Yes, homebuying during Covid is uncharted territory for most. And yes, it requires a few “unorthodox” workarounds. But at the end of the day, it’s a completely doable life transition if you know how to go about it correctly.
In this post, let’s discuss a few tips for homebuying during Covid, including finding a virtual real estate lawyer and realtor. As a mom, how can you undertake this significant milestone while keeping everyone safe and comfortable? Let’s find out.
Find a Realtor Who Accommodates Virtual Showings
Most real estate professionals are good about accommodating virtual showings. It’s not exactly the same experience as physically walking through the house; for instance, you have to rely on your realtor’s senses to guide you (and inform you of any strange smells!). But as a stopgap safety measure, it works well.
If you choose to house hunt through virtual showings, find a real estate professional you trust to give you an honest sensory appraisal of homes when you are homebuying during Covid. As with many things, your best bet in finding a trustworthy realtor is to follow positive online reviews.
If Viewing in Person, Take Necessary Precautions
Provided that you are buying in your immediate area or region, you may still have the option of in-person viewing (though open houses are mostly still restricted). If you view someone’s home, be as respectful as possible. Wear a mask at all times indoors (better yet, double-mask) and sanitize before and after entering.
Although you may want to include the kids in your decision-making process, it’s best to leave them at home when you are homebuying during Covid. You can always show them pictures and videos to gauge their excitement.
Choose a Law Firm Offering Contactless, Online Closing Services
Let’s say you’ve found your dream home, and your offer is accepted. The next step is to team up with an expert real estate lawyer for agreement of purchase review, review of title search, mortgage instructions review, closing preparations, etc.
Find a real estate law firm that offers contactless, online services. Partnering with a virtual law firm will not only help keep your family safe, but it’s also a more transparent, straightforward experience. Great online real estate lawyers offer transparent pricing, including fixed/predetermined rates, and their online processes are simple and efficient. As with finding realtors, look for real estate services like Axess Law that have an abundance of positive Google reviews.
And that’s that. As you can see, homebuying during Covid only requires a few minor tweaks. Find a trustworthy realtor to be your ears and nose on virtual showings, team up with an online real estate lawyer for contactless closing, and follow proper safety protocols when entering someone’s house. Before you know it, the family will be kicking back, safe and sound, enjoying your brand-new family homestead.