Despite the changes made and Strict limitations imposed by the outbreak of Covid-19 all around the world in early 2020 and its impact on the real estate market, real estate transactions are still going on in Canada. Although many real estate transactions are being conducted through Internet, multimedia, e-mail, telephone and video-based communication for safety reasons, some house buyers insist on visiting a house in person before buying it. A key question is while Covid-19 is still pandemic, is it wise to hold open houses?
Open House during Covid-19: Yes or No?
As a seller, you may be unwilling to put your own and your family’s life in danger letting the foreigners – who can be potential transmitters of Covid-19 – come in and freely walk through your home. But remember that it is probably the biggest investment the buyers make in their lifetime. Buying a house without inspecting it first is like buying a pig in a poke. Don’t you expect them to make such an important decision just based on a few photos taken from the house, do you? Whether you are going to sell or buy a property, this article gives you the safety tips for a safe open house during Covid-19.
Precautions for Home Sellers and Buyers to Avoid Covid-19
Disinfect the House
If you intend to visit an open house, talk to the agent and house owner and ask them to disinfect the entire house prior to the event. In case your are a seller, note that during the open house time, high-touch surfaces like doorknobs or light switches are constantly disinfected. As soon as the open house ends, apply alcohol or other recommended disinfectants wherever needed. It is also recommended to put hand sanitizers throughout the house.
Use Protective Equipment
If you are not present on-site, ask someone else to require all visitors to observe safety protocols and control if they all wear protective masks and gloves while in the house. Ask Just to be on the safe side, you can provide extra safety equipment to give to those not bring a mask or gloves with themselves. Don’t forget to require all visitors to remove their shoes at the entrance and wear booties before coming in.
Keep Physical Distancing
It is said that not only sufferers but also healthy people can be the carriers of Covid-19. In order to prevent the transmission of the disease, all those who are present in the event must maintain a distance of 6 feet (1.5 m). You can also put a sign containing necessary safety information near the entrance.
Limit the Number of Visitors
Have a conversation with your agent about limiting the number individuals in the viewings (less than ten people in each touring). Also limit the time people can stay inside the property. If interior space is small, it is highly recommended that an area outside should be set up to converse with the prospects. So the guests will spend less time inside the house.
What to avoid?
Remember that health must be the first priority. Avoid holding an open house if you or your family don’t feel well. Don’t feel shy not to allow the suspect cases who have symptoms such as fever, cough, or other flu-like symptoms to enter the house. Don’t let the visitors stay more than given time inside and kindly ask the visitors to leave the house after they view it. Avoid handing out collateral, brochures, business cards or other physical objects to the guests.
These simple precautions can make a big difference. Our current preventive actions guarantee your and others’ health.
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