Flu Season Doesn't Have to Put a Damper on Home-Selling Process...

Flu Season Doesn't Have to Put a Damper on Home-Selling Process - Why a Contingency Plan is Your Best Bet

By Keith Loria

With flu season right around the corner, it’s never too early to come up with a contingency plan should you become sick while your calendar is jam packed with home showings. While the first few days of the flu—or any other malady—are usually when you’re most likely to spread germs among others, the last thing you want is to be responsible for getting prospective buyers who have come to see your home sick.

It’s not just being contagious that you need to worry about either. You’ll also need to consider the level of stress involved with cleaning your home so that it’s ready to be shown, as well as the interruption to the rest you should be getting.

If you’re lying in bed with tissues all about and pots of soup on the stove and someone calls to see the house, racing around to clean everything up will put unneeded stress on top of an already stressful situation. In addition, not allowing yourself to get adequate rest may set the stage for getting even sicker, as your cold or flu may develop into bronchitis or even pneumonia. Therefore, it’s important to keep your health in mind, even when your home is on the market. And if you’re feeling under the weather, concentrate on getting yourself better rather than trying to wrap up a home sale.

While it’s not always possible to avoid getting sick during flu season, if you or someone in your family happen to come down with something this winter while your home’s on the market, the first thing you should do is alert your agent and let them know that you don’t want any showings for the next few days. This also means no phone calls, emails or texts so that you can fully focus on getting healthy.

It’s also important to not worry about missing an opportunity for a sale. Anyone truly interested in your home won’t mind having to reschedule.

Once you’re feeling better, don’t forget to give your home a thorough cleaning with disinfectant and remove any signs of illness (such as medicine bottles and tissues in the garbage) and create a nice, fresh-smelling and healthy environment.

For more information about setting up a home showing contingency plan as winter approaches, contact our office today.

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