Uncategorized March 31, 2020

Shelter in Place Now What?!

By Patrick McCarran

Real Estate Broker


So we are all under shelter in place, what now? First thing is that I believe very strongly, that this will pass. We caught it early and The American Entrepreneurial spirit will prevail and we will adapt and overcome. Meanwhile, it pays to visit the CDC’s resource center and get some basic tips and procedures (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/prevention.html ).

Regarding the Real Estate market, it is largely on hold. Buyers are not really interested in looking and sellers are not wild about have people in their home. I predict that once we find a treatment or a vaccine the market will pick up rapidly. This makes now a good time to buy due to less competition. There are many options that can be employed to view the home remotely such as a comprehensive video tour and interactive floor plans. Another option is to do a realtime video such as ZOOM, Instagram live, or facetime video. While I am not advocating to show your home, if it’s essential due to personal circumstances, then it is important to follow CDC guidelines such as keeping at least a 6 feet space from others, wash and sanitize your hands, and use single use products for sneezes and coughs. If you are sick, even if it’s not COVID-19, stay home and self-isolate. Clean surfaces regularly with sanitizer solution, formulas are available on the CDC website using household bleach or alcohol.

Meanwhile, use this time to catch up on some to do items. If you are planning to sell after the crisis, then use the time to start staging and prepping your home for the market. If you’re a buyer, get organized and start packing non-essential items.

The primary tip is to give everything a place. As my dad used to say  “A place for everything and everything in its place.” A simple thought and saying, but if you think about it, that is the very key to being and staying organized.

This applies to everything big and small — from remote controls, keys and phone chargers to paperwork, sports equipment and Christmas decorations. First designate an area and then invest in storage containers or use cardboard boxes to keep it all contained and organized.

If it seems like a daunting task, then assign each room or section of a room a day of the week and schedule 10-15 minutes at a time. Break the task down into increments. Viewing it as small bites will make it manageable.  Stay on top of it! Do a clutter check at the end of the day to catch and organize anything that’s fallen out of place.

Create a catch-all area in the main rooms where things tend to collect.  Place a bin in these rooms and collect Items that belong elsewhere, and at the end of the day or week, put things away. If you find that the items in the bin are mostly toys and games, put your children in charge to put them away.

Paperwork is a huge culprit. Think about signing up for paperless billing for your monthly bills, credit cards, utilities, etc. When done you can store them in a folder on your computer and in the cloud, out of sight but just a search word away. You should also keep a hard folder (mine is purple so I can grab it easily in an emergency) or invest in a safety deposit box for pink slips, birth certificates, title reconveyance, and other important hard documents.

The key is of course is to stay vigilant and you can live clutter free. But if you find you need a larger house give me a call.

Patrick McCarran is a local Realtor and Broker DRE# 01325072. He can be contacted by phone or text at (925) 899-5536, pmccarran@yahoo.com or www.CallPatrick.com. An independently owned and operated office.  In association with Realty One Group Elite DRE# 0193160. Equal Housing Opportunity.