With the outbreak and steady spread of COVID-19 over the past couple weeks, there's no doubt that we've all been left feeling a little on edge. When information changes on an hourly basis, it's easy to feel overwhelmed with uncertainty. Fortunately, there are some very simple things you can do to limit the spread of the virus and stave off that feeling of powerlessness. Here are some recommendations from the CDC and WHO on how to keep yourself, your family, and your community safe:
1. Regularly wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds (sing “twinkle twinkle little star” as a timer), especially after being in public. If you don't have soap and water immediately available, hand sanitizer with 60% alcohol is an acceptable substitute.
2. Avoid touching your face if your hands are unwashed.
3. Maintain 6 feet of distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing. Avoid shaking hands, hugging, and other types of close contact with others.
4. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue, or use your elbow when you need to cough or sneeze. Avoid coughing or sneezing into your hands.
5. Stay home if you're sick. If you're sharing space with others, or if you must go out for medical care, use a facemask. Keep in mind that masks are currently in short supply - so if you're not sick, masks should be prioritized for caregivers.
6. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces - including tables, door knobs, light switches, countertops, keyboards, remote controls, toilet handles, and faucets.
7. Avoid congregating in large groups, especially in enclosed spaces.
8. Keep up with the latest recommendations, prevention tips and news by visiting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and The World Health Organization's websites.
Our Business has Made some Changes:
The precautions by the Real Estate industry will lead to some substancial changes in the way we conduct our business. I am proud of my Brokerage "Coldwell Banker Realty" taking a leading role two weeks ago to lock the doors of the offices to reduce the contact between our team members and try to flatten the curve. Although we still have access to our office, Agents are operating remotely from home. Safety to our team members and the public are the primary goal with this move. Operating remotely will be the norm for the short future.
Our business is the same, working with our clients is our focus and to deliver results is our goal. Here are some tips that have been passed down to the agents.
1. When we show homes it's best for everyone to drive their own vehicle and practice the social distancing techniques.
2. When visiting a property it's wise to reduce touching anything as best as possible. Carrying anti-bacterial hand sanitizer helps.
3. Always call ahead to occupied properties and arrange a firm time to show the property.
4. Please do not be offended if I do not shake your hand, it's us just practicing social distancing.
At this point in this transforming industry, many companies are having their team members work from home. Things are going to get a bit more formal with the need of setting appointments to see properties, open ecsrows, going to closings. Most of the business will improve on the virtual basis because that is the direction businesses are heading. So, it's business as usual with a virtual twist.
Just so you know we are open for business today and everyday. Whether it's virtual tours, private showings or a quick update on the state of the housing market, I'm at your service. Now, more than ever, we're in this together. Please contact me anytime for your Real Estate needs.