Safely conducting your real estate business amid coronavirus fears
Social distancing and high levels of personal hygiene are the actions most advocated by health professionals as measures to protect against the spread of Coronavirus. But how can this be managed responsibly within the context of real estate, where people and properties need to be exposed to the broader public?
This checklist has been designed to provide guidelines to facilitate a new way of working that allows us to continue to work safely and responsibly:
- Vet your buyers and tenants before you do anything else so that you can identify who is serious and who meets qualifying criteria (a good credit score or a pre-approved bond).
- Use technology that allows people to experience a property without having to physically walk through it. You (or your clients) can easily create a virtual tour using a smartphone that can be sent to potential buyers or tenants remotely.
- Ask all clients or others about their recent travel, particularly to areas identified as having an increased risk of coronavirus.
- Meet your clients at viewings, rather than driving them.
- Use hand sanitizer before you enter any properties and avoid touching anything as much as possible. Advise your clients to do the same.
- Be mindful of your responsibilities to act without discrimination against any particular segment of the population. While the coronavirus outbreak began in Wuhan, China, that does not provide a basis for treating Chinese persons or persons of Asian descent differently. The same is true for people who have travelled from high-risk countries. Respect each others’ shared humanity.
- Avoid show days where large numbers of people can access a property. Opt instead for arranged appointments with pre-vetted clients.
- Leverage social media platforms and their live functionality to do live walk-throughs and to stage virtual show houses.
- Work from home rather than open-plan offices or public places to minimise your personal exposure to viruses.
The Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) urges individuals to take these measures to protect themselves and others. Share this information with others and act accordingly:
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water aren't available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Practice social distancing by staying out of crowded places, avoiding group gatherings, and maintaining distance (approximately 6 feet) from others when possible.
- Avoid close contact with anyone who is sick.
- Stay home if you have a fever, cough, shortness of breath or any other cold or flu-like symptom.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, or cough or sneeze into your sleeve.
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