A few simple steps can help minimize potential exposure to Covid-19.
As the world continues to adapt to the pandemic, home buyers and sellers are doing the same. We’ve already seen real estate agents pivot to more virtual showings and virtual tours. But, ultimately, buyers will need to see a home they hope to purchase in person. Which means sellers must be ready to open their homes to strangers, which can feel counterintuitive during these times.
Here a few things you, and your agent, can do to help minimize the risks:
- Provide shoe coverings, gloves, masks & hand sanitizer at all showings
Many agents and buyers will come prepared with their own protective materials. But in the event that they’re not, having these items available for prospective buyers to use can help reduce the chance of viral spread.
- Turn on lights and open doors, drawers and cabinets
By turning on lights, and opening any doors, drawers or cabinets that should be highlighted (e.g., pull-outs in kitchens/baths, linen closets, etc.), you can reduce the number of surfaces that need to be touched by the people viewing your home.
- Leave copious notes, descriptions and explanations
Start with a large note in the entryway asking everyone entering the home to use the booties, gloves and other protective materials you’ve provided (and have your real estate agent include that information in the public & private listing information). Then, leave notes/cards highlighting any features/items in the home that prospective buyers may be tempted to touch/try, thereby helping them understand how something works, without them having to touch it (e.g., smart thermostats, remote-controlled window coverings, insta-hot water systems, etc.).
- Disinfect surfaces as soon as you return home
Bring disinfecting wipes with you when you leave for showings (or leave some in the garage) so you can disinfect surfaces as you re-enter your home. Wipe down doorknobs/handles, light switches, countertops, cabinet/drawer pulls…any surface visitors may have touched, in spite of all your notes/instructions.
Even in normal circumstances, having a detailed plan for showing/selling your home can help ease some of the stress and anxiety. With today’s “new normal”, that plan requires a few extra steps aimed at providing increased safety and peace of mind. Fortunately, these steps can help you better navigate the process and get on to your next home, and the next stage of your life.
Have other ideas about keeping your home safe and sanitized during Covid-19? Leave them in the comments below…