Strategies for Holding an Open House Among COVID-19

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The global pandemic has wreaked havoc on how we conduct real estate, but there are buyers actively looking to buy a home right now. Thanks to updated guidelines and industry practices, it is possible to hold a safe and successful Open House.

  1. Social distance and wash hands regularly
  2. Open windows & doors to bring in fresh outdoor air.
  3. Space out home visits by a few hours or days. Limit tours to financially qualified buyers with prequalification letters in hand, just be careful to stay within the parameters of fair housing laws.
  4. Invest in a portable air purifier. Not only is this an extra safety layer, but a HEPA-based filter will show buyers that you are taking the situation seriously.
  5. Require masks and provide shoe coverings.
  6. Turn on all the lights and open doors to limit others from touching surfaces.
  7. Provide online resources such as floor plans, virtual tours, and lots of good photos. Buyers should conduct online research before requesting a visit.

Keep in mind that regulations may vary from state to state and within the local market. Be educated and informed about the recommendations and show homes and conduct Open Houses carefully. Source: Forbes.

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