TO OUR MOST WANTED CLIENTS:
We want to assure you that we are taking this crisis very serious and taking precautions on showing homes. Here are some of our guidelines.
If we are the listing agent, we will maintain a supply of disposable booties (shoe covers), disposable gloves, and hand sanitizer or alcohol wipes.
If we are the buyers agent, we will keep a supply in our vehicles when showing properties. We will meet clients at each showing rather than having them ride in our vehicles. This ensures your safety as well as ours.
If you are a seller please immediately report to us any household members experiencing symptoms of illness, have traveled in the past two weeks, or have possibly come into contact with anyone positive for COVID-19. We will then postpone showings until a two-week clear window has passed. Also, we will request that you clean and disinfect all areas used by the ill person, focusing especially on frequently touched surfaces.
For our sellers: For all showings, please leave all lights on and interior doors open. Please sanitize surfaces prior to leaving the house, before each showing, before a home inspection, before an appraiser enters the home, and again sanitize immediately upon returning to the home. We will also begin doing more in-depth video walk-throughs. We will have agents and buyers view these prior to making an appointment to view a home in person.
For our agents showing properties & our buyers looking: Sanitize hands before entering each home and keep a healthy distance while inside the house. Do not touch light switches, cabinets pulls or doorknobs unless wearing gloves. Do not remove shoes but rather wear booties and take them with you when you leave. Use clean disposable booties and gloves for each home visited. Wash your hands for at least twenty seconds or use hand sanitizer immediately upon leaving the home.
For our buyers: Report any household members experiencing symptoms of illness, have traveled in the past two weeks, or have possibly come into contact with anyone positive for COVID-19, postpone showings until a two-week clear window has passed and specific permission has been granted by the seller. Naturally, unoccupied homes may involve lighter protocol.
Alternatively, we can do FaceTime showings to limit the number of visitors in a home. Or, with permission of the seller, if it is not one of our listings, we will do a video walk-through for you.
Your safety and well-being is our number one priority and if you are more comfortable postponing listings or showings, we will support your decision.
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation during this time. Buyers are eager to capitalize on low interest rates, and sellers want to sell! With vigilance and thoughtfulness, we will soon look forward to resuming a healthy and prosperous real estate season.
Please consult reputable resources like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization and implement additional measures you deem prudent. It is a partnership between you and us always. We are in this together.