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5 tips for successful house shopping during a pandemic

Whether you’re house hunting during flu season or a pandemic, here are some strategies to help you find what you’re looking for while staying safe:

  1. Start with a video tour. Get an overall sense of each home’s condition and layout by taking a video tour and viewing photos. Use this knowledge to develop a short list of homes that you’ll actually visit.
  2. Expect to fill out health questionnaires. Before visiting a home, you may be asked to sign a form that certifies you’re symptom-free. You may also have to sign a form to acknowledge that visiting a home carries a risk of transmission.
  3. Keep your schedule flexible. Some showings and open houses may limit the number of potential buyers in a property at once. You may need to book a specific time. And throughout the shopping and buying process, expect delays as the industry accommodates new rules and staffing levels.
  4. Wear a mask. This is highly recommended for showings and meetings with Realtors, lawyers and mortgage brokers. Take your own hand sanitizer too, and use it each time you touch anything or sign a form.
  5. Be prepared for competition. As pandemic restrictions lift, buyers are flooding into the market all at once. To get the home you want, you may need to make your best offer first.

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