TO SELL OR NOT TO SELL DURING COVID-19? THAT IS THE QUESTION!

Dated: 04/10/2020

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Office: 109 W Jersey Avenue, Pitman, NJ 08071 • Phone: 856-244-8207 • Web: dianepilla@exprealty.com                            

Are homeowners listing their homes during COVID-19? YES. Are buyers looking at houses during COVID-19? YES.

Are you thinking about selling your home during COVID-19? That's a decision that only you can make. You need to decide how comfortable you are with people coming into your home even with adhering to the COVID-19 guidelines for showing houses.

So, what am I doing with this "down time"? I'm contacting former clients to let them know that I am thinking of them. Touching base to see how they are doing and staying safe. I'm getting ahead of my CE requirements and doing them now rather than waiting until the deadline is closer. I'm doing webinars and taking advantage of all of the courses and workshops that eXp Realty offers their agents. Staying in touch with friends, making new friends via social media, as well as, all the general housekeeping and cooking that everyone else is doing.

Well, back to you. So, you want to sell your home but not just yet. While you may not be ready to put it on the market, you can use this "down time" to get it ready. Here are some things that you can do during this time so that the house will be ready when you are.

DISCLAIMER: All of the below information are suggestions only. Be sure to do your due diligence before  proceeding with any recommendation.

Change detectors and extinguisher per New Jersey's Uniform Construction Code - The information below is for referece only. I recommend you contact your local municapility for further explanations or confirmation

Don't need to go to the store for these. Order online.

SMOKE DETECTORS - NJ requires that all battery operated Smoke Detectors be replaced with 10-Year Sealed Battery Smoke Alarms. Link will take you to NJ Department of Community Affairs for further info

CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTORS - within 10 feet of bedroom doors. Click link for further information. Contact local municipality if futher information is needed.

FIRE EXTINGUISHER - The rules are multi-faceted and very specific, so it’s worth taking a look at them even if you are not selling your home. 

  • The extinguisher must be labeled, charged and operable.
  • Extinguishers must be within 10 feet of the kitchen and located in the path of egress, or near the way out.
  • Units must be readily accessible and visible.
  • Extinguishers must be mounted using the manufacturer’s hanging bracket, so the operating instructions are clearly visible.
  • The extinguisher cannot weigh more than 10 pounds.
  • Extinguishers must be an approved type with a minimum rating of 2A-10B:C.
  • Upon inspection of the home, the owner’s manual or written operational instructions must be provided and left for the new occupant.
  • The unit must be serviced and tagged by a certified Division of Fire Safety contractor within the past 12 months, or the homeowner must have a receipt for a recently purchased extinguisher. Try purchasing a unit that has been certified in the year in which your house is being sold.
  • The top of the mounted unit cannot be more than five feet above the floor. 

OUTSIDE APPEAL - IT'S A BUYER'S FIRST IMPRESSION

  • Powerwash if needed - siding, decks, concrete porches or steps, vinyl fencing or railings
  • Trim schrubs
  • Scrap and paint any outside wood trim in need.

INSIDE - You want your home to look spacious. You want the buyers to be able to envision their life and possessions in what could be their future home. An online shopping trip could be in order if you are hesitant to go into stores to purchase. 

  • This is a great time to organize and declutter closets.Yes, you will need to maintain them until you're ready to have the house put on the market.
  • Organize the garage.  
  • Lubricate sliding closet doors so that they open easily.
  • Replace kitchen cabinet knobs if your's are outdated. New knobs can give older cabinets a boosted look.
  • Make a list of the things that might require an outside contractor such as:
    • Do you have GFIs where they would be required - both indoors and outdoors.
    • Check electrical outlets to be sure that they are all working.
    • Replace leaky or outdated faucets in kitchen and/or bathrooms.
  • Paint - marked up walls and woodwork can be very distracting.
    • Did you know that you can order paint from Sherwin Williams for curb side pickup. No need to get fancy. Just a plain white will do.

There is so much more to talk about so I've attached some materials that are good reads even if you're not looking to sell you home. Feel free to share with others. HOMESELLER GUIDE AND HOMESELLER TRIFOLD BROCHURE.

Love to hear from you about how you might be spending your time these days. You can connect with me on FACEBOOK or via email at dianepillasellshomes@gmail.com

Oh! Did I mention that I did a cooking lesson with my teenage granddaughter via ZOOM - I taught her how to make spaghetti gravey, how to make meatballs, how to cook Italian sausage and how to put them all together for one great pot of gravy. We each made all of this in our respective kitchens and it was a great time for both of us.

Stay safe and be well. If you would like to talk further about the guidelies, please give me a call. I'd love to discuss my 7-STEP PLAN FOR SELLING YOU HOME.

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