The Coronavirus and Realtors
Being a good Realtor means establishing relationships, close relationship for a short period of time.
Realtors are naturally engaging, friendly and helpful.
How we work with our clients must change a bit, due to the Coronavirus.
From our first meeting to showing property to open houses. We want to avoid spreading the virus at all costs.
The way we do business must change and we must do it with a light, even touch.
The simple act of opening a lockbox needs to be considered. Who else has opened the lockbox and touched the keys? Touching the doorknob, pushing the elevator button, bacteria is everywhere.
We encourage our buyers to open drawers, cabinets and closets to make sure they’ll have enough room to store their belongings.
We now need to rethink all of that.
Unless you have disinfectant wipes with you, you may not want them touching knobs, pulls and handles. Doing so could pose a health risk for them and those they come in contact with.
We don’t want to be held responsible for helping to spread the Coronavirus.
Realtors commonly greet open house guests with an extended hand. During this time of risk, you definitely want to consider if you want to shake hands, do a fist bump or an elbow bump.
If you have open house visitors sign in, you may want to give them the pen the sign with or wipe it off after each person. Even if you use your iPad, you’ll want to wipe it down after each sign in.
Talk to your sellers about whether or not they are comfortable having their house open.
An open house during the Coronavirus outbreak means they will have to wipe down every area a potential buyer could have touched when they arrive home.
A car is pretty close quarters.
With everyone aware of the crisis, it may not sound rude to ask if they have traveled overseas or been around anyone who has been sick. If you do chose to drive clients around, you’ll want to wipe down the interior of your car, as well as the exterior passenger door.
You can never be too safe.
You can’t be too careful.
Carry disinfectant wipes and hand sanitizer with you and avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth until you have washed your hands thoroughly.
The National Association of Realtors (NAR) has an excellent Guide as to what you can do to prevent the spread of Coronavirus. I highly suggest you read the NAR Guide and take it to heart.
We can still do our jobs during this critical time, but we must use good judgment and take precautions.
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