The Steps We’re Taking to Flatten the Curve While Still Conducting Essential Business
With the Covid-19 pandemic, it seems everyone is concerned with what the future holds. Some of the things our clients have asked us are; Can I still sell my house? My lease is up, can I still move? Will I be able to view that property? The answer to all of these questions is YES. Real estate has been deemed an essential business during the “Stay Home, Work Safe” order. We’ve had to adjust our business activities drastically but our agents are still helping families find their new homes. How are we keeping ourselves and our clients safe? Our agent, Adrienne Nugent discussed her methods to keep her clients healthy, “I walk up and hand my bag of items with instructions(masks, booties, wipes, & gloves) to my clients who are still in their car. I have on my mask, booties, gloves, and am still holding wipes in each hand as I proceed to open the house and wave my clients in. I try to wipe everything I can think of that other agents or clients before us might have touched to protect my buyer AND the properties owners as we proceed through the home. I lock up and we leave. We throw away our gloves/wipes and I spray our booties with Lysol.”
Texas Realtors (formerly Texas Association of Realtors) also released several forms for our Agents to utilize during this crisis, including the “Model COVID-19 Certification for Property Access”. This form acts as a disclosure of any contact/potential contact with Covid-19 for all potential buyers, sellers, appraisers, inspectors, etc who may visit a property. The form reads,
“Each person listed above certifies that to the best of his or her knowledge neither they, nor a member of their household with whom they live, nor a person with whom they work with closely:
- Has experienced any cold or flu-like symptoms in the previous 14 days (fever, cough, sore throat, respiratory illness, difficulty breathing).
- Is currently diagnosed with COVID-19.
- Has a test pending for COVID-19.
- Is currently under quarantine due to COVID-19 concerns.
- Has had contact in the previous 14 days with someone diagnosed with COVID-19.
- Has had contact in the previous 14 days with someone who had contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19.
- Has traveled in the previous 14 days to anywhere designated as having widespread ongoing transmission by the Centers for Disease Control.”
We have made this form a mandatory step for all 500 of our agents, If your agent has not utilized this form- we suggest you ask them about it. Our agents are following the “Stay Home, Work Safe” mandate, following the CDC’s guidelines and taking extra steps to make sure all parties are as protected as possible while completing our essential work. Stay healthy and if you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us!