How Does a Real Estate Agent Handle an Open House with COVID?
While COVID has spooked many people into avoiding going out unless absolutely necessary, the real estate industry continues to go forward, as many realtors prefer to keep holding open houses despite the restrictions and risks associated with COVID-19.
Of course, it’s important for members of brokerages to consult with their brokers and real estate agencies large and small to keep up with the information on the pandemic in their areas. However, in many places, the guidelines associated with COVID don’t really prevent anyone from handling an open house, although the practice is typically discouraged.
Aside from the guidelines from the CDC, responsible Heritage Todd Creek realtors ensure that the number of people touring a home at any given time is lower than ten, and that social distancing is maintained at a distance equal or greater than six feet between the participants. The presence of disinfectant is also recommended and agents are urged to talk to their clients about cleaning and disinfecting the entire home before the open house can proceed.
Finally, as a realtor and as a client it might become necessary to communicate and ask the other as to whether or not they or anyone in their party is currently sick. You are not obligated to put yourself at risk, and the showing can always be postponed instead of risking that someone might catch the virus.