From wearing face masks in public to socialising from two meters apart, society is adapting to the rather unusual circumstances that have been brought about by COVID-19. As with all industries, real estate has had to adapt to the new normal across the globe.
According to the article, markets across the globe are adopting similar safety and hygiene practices to those that we have become accustomed to within South Africa. Wearing a face covering and using hand sanitiser has quickly become the norm and each house-showing or open house event is made as sanitary as possible. Sellers often have special instructions for agents, such as requiring temperature checks or asking guests to wear shoe coverings inside their homes. Although interested parties are encouraged to bring their own supplies, agents are getting creative when finding ways to provide sanitary supplies as a thoughtful gift.
Branded safety kits are our new tools for private viewings. We now have gloves, masks and hand sanitiser available at all house tours.
In many cases, there are now limits to the number of people allowed inside a house at one time – and it will likely stay this way to maintain social distancing. “Now, when I host an open house, I’ll greet people at the door with sanitiser and make sure everyone is wearing masks. I’ll have one group touring the first floor while another group is touring the second floor – but I will not just let everyone in at once.
Increased use of technology in the home-buying and selling processes has also been a trend across the globe. To prevent unnecessary in-person meetings, buyers are beginning their home search online, touring homes via video calls and even signing digital contracts. Now more convenient than ever, digital communication tools – including video call platforms such as Zoom – allow both buyers and sellers to work alongside their agent with minimal in-person contact.