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    Selling During COVID-19: Preparing for Listing

    At Corbett & Company, we’re used to providing white-glove service to home sellers, walking you through every step and coordinating all the necessary services required to represent your home on the market. Some of those steps have changed thanks to necessary safety precautions in the wake of COVID-19, but there are definitely still successful paths available for anyone looking to sell a home right now. 

    Before you list your home for sale, you’ve got to get it ready. Even if you don’t plan on listing your home immediately, there’s a lot you can do to get your property in tip-top shape. 

    1. Consult With Your Realtor

    Consult with your Realtor early to make sure you know how the process works and what you’ll need to do to maximize your chances for success. You don’t need to have a typical pre-listing walkthrough with your agent if you aren’t ready to have anyone in your house, but using video conferencing tools, you can talk through your comparative market analysis, suggestions on price, staging, and marketing ideas. If necessary, your Realtor can coach you through taking your own listing photos and video if professional photo services aren’t available.

    2. Get a Title Company

    You’ll also need to make sure you’re partnering with a title company to complete any preliminary title work. Luckily, all of this work can be done remotely over the phone or via video chat. 

    3. Locate Past Closing Docs

    In addition to preparing your home for photos and video, your primary goals during this part of the process will be to locate the closing documents from when you originally purchased the home, any inspection reports you may have, as well as any appraisals you’ve had done on the property, either at the time of purchase or for the purposes of insurance or refinancing (these documents may be useful for buyers considering your home).

    Takeaways:

    • Consult with your Corbett & Co team member to make sure your home is appropriately prepared for photos and video
    • Communicate with the title company to complete the preliminary title work
    • Locate any inspection reports or appraisals done on the home during or since your purchase of it

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