The days of wandering leisurely through a weekend afternoon's Open House just to browse at houses are gone - at least for the foreseeable future. Here at HomeLife, our agents are asking all potential viewers to read, agree to and sign conditions that show they are indeed serious buyers and willing to take appropriate precautions to keep the homes they view safe for themselves and the sellers.
In order to be allowed to enter a home during this COVID19 pandemic, potential buyers need to have done a lot more homework to make sure it is in actual fact one they really need to see. Selling agents are all doubling down on getting professional measurements done with floorplans for buyers to preview. Photos and video tours are provided to fully show a property's features. Municipality bylaws and guidelines for a property's use should be pre-examined. For strata properties all documentation needs to be ready prior to listing so prospective buyers can read through to see if there is any reason why they wouldn't be interested in buying the unit.
Sellers and Buyers are all expected wear proper gloves and usually masks as well as use hand-sanitizer while in the home. Properties will be pre-prepared for viewing by having lights on, doors and cupboards open so noone needs to touch anything.
In some instances, listing agents are doing Virtual Open Houses by walking through the home by themselves with a camera describing the features and answering questions as they come in.
It's different - very different. But it's working to keep all of us safe while people who really need to buy or sell can reach their goals.