Here’s What You Can Do Now!
Whether your plan was to buy your first home or sell your old one, those plans will have been put on hold by coronavirus unless it’s a necessary move, leaving you with the feeling that there’s nothing you can do except sit and wait…
However, now that you have time on your hands you can take some practical steps now that will save time and give you a jump on the process when life returns to something closer to normal — and when your time to tackle those projects is once again in short supply.
Top tips for buyers:
1. Go Virtual
You may not be able to easily view homes physically right now but an online search is valuable research!
Most listings have great professional photos or video tours that will allow to view the home virtually to decide whether it is a possibility or an absolute No!
Check out our App where you can browse properties and mark & save your favourites ….and we can see what you’re liking as well so we can also send you recommendations based on your favourites!
2. Prepare your mortgage pre-approval
Your mortgage broker can help you virtually to get your pre-approval done now and get your mortgage rate locked in for 120 days ….so when things normalize you are ready to hit the ground running!
Top tips for sellers:
1. Finish any DIY jobs
Home improvement stores like Home Depot are still open so you can pick up supplies for those small projects that you can tackle now like:
Replace broken tiles or touching up grout, paint touch-ups, touch-up watermarks on ceilings, fix or replace that leaky tap, replace bath & shower caulking, etc.
2. Neaten up your Yard
Once the weather warms up a bit you can start cleaning up your shed, garage, and those pots that didn’t all quite get cleaned up before the snow fell last year!
Box up or bin the contents of the garage or garden shed so you can get a jump on that process before you get your hime on the market.
3. Tackle those exterior projects
First impressions count and an easy way to amp up curb appeal is to give your front door a fresh coat of paint. When weather permits take on those exterior tasks including:
clearing your eaves, cleaning your windows(by the way there are window cleaning companies still working), and spray down your driveway to remove all of that winter dust & dirt.
Those projects all take time — and right now that’s the one you thing have more of!
We’re here to help you and answer any questions you may have about the market and how that may affect you whether you are buying or selling.
So feel free to reach out …we’re happy to help!
~ Karin & Jen