Coronavirus Meant No More Open Home Inspections
But They’re Back!

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Open home inspections have always been the norm in buying and selling homes. However, Covid-19 meant there were no open house inspections due to the social distancing laws, rules, and regulations that were put into place to combat the virus. It was a very different real estate world of virtual tours during the height of the pandemic!

But rest assured, the Property Brokerage team has always used virtual home tours. It’s the solution that enables you to sell your home safely, totally eliminating the need for open home inspections anyway.

Virus Impacts Home Buyers as Open Home Inspections Were Replaced by Virtual Tours.

We know that COVID-19 has altered the way buyers inspected homes. It was anticipated that the new normal would continue for at least 6 months, as lockdowns and travel bans became more widespread.

This was especially true when selling property in Hervey Bay as many buyers come from interstate, whether looking to invest or move to our beautiful coastal city.

COVID-19 Spreading Fear & Uncertainty

Obviously, there’s been a significant impact throughout the entire country with general fear and uncertainty becoming the new norm as the situation worsened.

Our Government enforced new rules to hopefully ‘flatten the curve’— including quarantine and social distancing to combat the spread of the virus. We’ve seen lots of panic buying, empty supermarket shelves, loss of jobs, and so on.

Buyers’ Major Real Estate Concerns

  1. Virus Exposure: Traveling can expose them to the virus
  2. Isolation: Potential of imposed isolation-quarantine in motels / unable to return home for some time / potential expenses & monetary loss
  3. Miss Out: By the time Buyers can safely travel to Hervey Bay, the house they are looking at may be sold.

Sellers’ Major Real Estate Concerns

  1. Virus Exposure: Can a buyer inspecting the house place them in real danger of getting infected?
  2. Negatively Affect Marketing: How will this slow down the selling of their house?
  3. Impact Price: What will the sale price likely be if the market falls as has happened with the share market?

Indeed, these are very genuine real estate concerns— however, there are also very effective ways of overcoming these fears.

Technology Offers Very Effective Solutions That We’ve Always Used

Technology in the form of Interactive Open Homes allows potential buyers to inspect the homes of their choice. There’s no need to travel and attend an open home or private viewing.

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Virtual Interactive Open Home Inspections

Buyers can appoint an independent trusted local, such as a building and pest inspector. That person does a physical walk-through of the home while simultaneously on the phone. The buyer then puts in an offer.

Believe It or Not We’ve Always Been Hands Free!

Virtual Open Home Inspections. Several interstate investors have used our open house online platform to buy property without ever setting foot into the home!

And for those buyers that prefer to place an offer on a home, subject to undertaking a physical inspection later; they can. It does need to be within a specific amount of time though.

The good news is that Open Homes have returned since lockdowns and restrictions have eased. An Interactive Open Home Tour along with quality images is still a great way to initially inspect a property, especially if buyers are from interstate or even a few hours away.

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