How To: Social Distancing in Real Estate Practice - Walk-Throughs
While most real estate practitioners here are following the guidelines of the county's requirements - no open houses, no showings - we do still have clients who are in Escrow and Closing. My county has acknowledged the importance of agents accompanying their Buyer clients to walk-throughs and Closings but, we are mandated to practice proper social distancing and hand hygiene.
Today, one of my buyer couples who have bought and sold now, 4 properties with me, had their final walk-through before their 8AM Closing in the morning. It was my first 'outing' in over 2 weeks and I will say that it felt good! However, it was all I could do not to hug them - I had no idea how hard that part would be! And, I was well-equipped - gloves, Clorox wipes and hand sanitizer. Before they arrived, the door handles, light switches and closet & drawer knobs were wiped down. THEN, we practiced at least 6-feet distancing and used gloves and Clorox wipes to touch anything in the house.
We were taking front elevation shots when several neighbors stopped by to meet their new neighbors. Of course, we were all pleased that they kept 6-feet distance and no one extended a hand to greet their new neighbors! No elbow or fist bumps, no high-fives; just waves and excited conversation about how social their neighborhood is and how much my clients will love it there.
So, our jobs can be done - but, I will say that going through a vacant house with other people, even one that is a decent size, you have to be very careful to maintain that 6-foot distance. Imagine the home with furniture? I am still a big believer in doing virtual tours for buyers until this is all over.
Stay healthy & save everyone!
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