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How to Stay Safe When Buying a House During the COVID Crisis

The COVID-19 pandemic is showing no sign of slowing down this winter season. However, this doesn’t mean you must put your dream of homeownership on hold. With low interest rates, now is the time to buy.

You may be asking yourself how to safely buy amidst a pandemic. Fortunately, there are a few precautions you can take that will keep you and your family members safe. 

Go Virtual

To limit your exposure, go online as you search for your dream house. Take advantage of listing features such as 3D walkthroughs, panoramic images, drone footage, and more. If you have a few homes you would like to tour, consider a virtual showing. This is where you can view the interior and exterior of the property using video conferencing technology. Once you find a home you love, then you may consider scheduling an in-person showing. 

Limit the Number of People Attending Showings

Rather than bring your entire family to a showing or an open house, bring along just one or two individuals. This will limit the amount of exposure you and your agent receive, plus it will keep the sellers safe. 

If you do attend an in-person showing, be mindful of what you touch. Avoid touching items such as doorknobs, light switches, handles, etc. If you wish to see inside a closet or a cupboard, ask your agent to open the door or drawer for you. Also, be courteous to everyone in the home by wearing a mask, practicing social distancing, and using hand sanitizer before and after you walk into the house. 

Be Flexible With Changes

Guidelines and mandates are constantly changing. What is allowed today may not be tomorrow. These changes can affect certain aspects of the buying and selling process in Alpharetta and it is important that you are flexible. For example, if you want a home inspection completed on a property, certain restrictions may be in place that limit where inspectors can go inside a property. Some professionals may have limited personnel, are unusually busy, etc., which can delay the process. 

If you have any questions about the current situation and some of the difficulties COVID is bringing to the real estate transaction, discuss your concerns with your real estate agent. He or she can help you find a solution and will guide you along this process. 

Prepare Yourself Before the Closing Day

The closing process may look different than in years past. You may be limited in who can and cannot attend. In some situations, you may complete the process online. However, no matter how the closing process will look for you, make sure you are prepared. If you have any questions about terms, the paperwork you are signing, and more, make sure you know who to ask, and be sure to take the time to ask questions. Again, you will want to talk to your real estate agent in Alpharetta about the many closing options that are available.

The COVID-19 pandemic has certainly changed the real estate transaction but options are available. If you have any questions or concerns about buying during this uncertain time, give the real estate agents at AlpharettaZen a call. They’re ready to help you find your dream home in Alpharetta.

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