Moving during “normal” times can be challenging, so many would assume that moving during a pandemic would be especially challenging.  We’re here to tell you it can be done.  As Realtors we help clients buy and sell homes and deal with the challenges of moving for a living.  But in April we sold our home of almost 20 years and downsized to a new home, right in the middle of a pandemic.   Here are some of the things we learned.

Communication Is Key – We always knew that communication was a key component of real estate transactions.  It’s even more important during the challenging times we are facing.  We have to know more about our buyers and what field of work they are in.  We need to communicate challenges that may arise during the transaction so that we can work together to find solutions.  We need to understand that even the smallest details.

Share Your Moving Plans – We found that in our move and several moves our clients have made over the past month that communicating what the buyers and seller’s moving plans are is key.  There are a lot of moving parts to a move.  When will the cleaners be coming, what day and time will the POD be picked up, when is trash day so that all the last minute trash can be removed, and more.  To have a smooth moving experience we need everyone to be on the same page.

Safety First – We found that service providers like cleaning crews, inspectors, movers and contractors were as serious about safety as we were.  Communicating that we expected those entering our home to be taking precautions to keep us safe in advance of their arrival lead to smooth interactions.

Patience – Now that we are in our new home we are finding that patience is particularly important as we wait for service providers to have time in their schedules.  Some business are working with reduced crews and possibly limited supplies so we have learned some things are going to take more time.

As we all continue to move forward in what is most certainly a new way of doing things, know that we’re in this together and the Shocket Teamis here to help.