Julie Sagan GRI - Sagan REALTORS ®, Swampscott, MA Real Estate, Marblehead, MA Real Estate


A Pandemic Pause: Should I Really Be Moving or Selling Right Now?

The current world conditions have us reassessing our decisions and plans for the future. You may have had selling or moving plans before things changed, and it could be difficult to know what to do. Of course, above all, we need to do what’s right and safe for our families’ health and wellbeing. Following the state and CDC regulations for your area is essential no matter what your plans are. With that being said, there are still ways to live normally with some adjustments and perhaps follow through with your plans.

You may be asking yourself, “Is it even possible to sell my home in a time like this?” In short, the answer is yes. Technology is moving as fast as we are, even faster. People are getting creative, using safe ways to continue life while practicing safety measures. 

Things are changing rapidly, including the housing market. 

It’s difficult to keep track of the housing market, while trying to juggle the other endless aspects of life, and keep up with news and changing safety regulations. That’s where your real estate agent comes in. It’s our job to keep up to date on the changing market and adjust strategies accordingly. We have a pulse on what’s best for you, whether you’re buying, selling, or moving. Be sure to check in with your agent frequently. We are happy to guide you and know that we have your safety and health in first priority.

When selling, a great concern is a need for in-person contact. Many sellers and buyers are taking advantage of video conferencing. Instead of

physically touring every home you may be interested in, virtual tours can help you determine which homes you’re serious about. Closing transactions are also possible remotely and electronically. Sellers will do all they can to make a sale, including providing floor plans, and detailed tours or photos of spaces you may be concerned about. Sellers are well aware of the hesitation a buyer may feel without being able to be physically present. 

Perhaps you’ve put most of your plans on hold, but moving is essential. A job relocation, addition to the family, and other circumstances may prevent you from pausing your life. Consider the risks of moving at a time like this. If moving is possible to do using reasonable safety precautions there are are many steps to think about taking.

As always, keeping a distance of six feet and wearing protective clothing is always advantageous. If others are involved with the move, taking these steps, as well as providing sanitation supplies for those helping may make the move easier and safer. Be sure to deep clean your home before moving, to ensure the safety of your family and those helping. Moving supplies are often touched by many hands, and come into contact with many surfaces Frequently cleaning these supplies, big and small, including scissors and boxes, reduce the risk of spreading germs. Once moved, clean and wipe down anything moved into your new home.

As stated at the beginning of this article, always first follow the advice of the CDC and local governments for your area. Assess the risk factors before making any decisions. As your real estate agent, your safety and a smooth transition are my number one priority!