This is a time when balance and perseverance will be critical to us, our city, our nation, and our World as we continue moving forward together. While the onset of COVID-19 has caused changes to our daily lives, we must remember that we have overcome far greater obstacles and challenges throughout our lives, and it has only brought us closer as a community. Finding the personal balance now to take every recommended precaution and pursue the achievement of living our normal daily lives is paramount.
We are keeping our staff, agents, and brokers up to date with the most current information and procedures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), state, and local health officials to take all necessary precautions to keep everyone healthy and vigilant. We will be keeping our doors open when not physically, then virtually, to serve the people of Kansas City as we have always done. The market remains strong here in Kansas City.
When staying in the housing market during this time, taking the following precautions will be important for everyone.
Wash Your Hands Often
Soap is currently the best way to fend off contracting the virus so wash your hands regularly, for at least 20 seconds, with soap and water. If you can’t wash your hands, the next best thing is to use an anti-bacterial wipe or hand sanitizer both before and after you come into contact with other people, objects, or surfaces. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. If you sneeze or cough, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue, then discard the tissue directly into the trash. Make sure to wash your hands as often as you can.
Practice Social Distancing
The CDC has recommended practicing social distancing, which means keeping a five to six foot distance between people you are interacting with and avoiding large gatherings of people altogether. The CDC is now conveying that groups of ten or more people should be avoided to prevent unnecessary transmission of germs.
Use Video Chat
You and your agent – and anyone else you’re working with on your transaction –should try to communicate as much as possible by video conference rather than in-person meetings, just to limit the amount of interaction you have with other people. Facetime for Apple users or Facebook Messenger are viable options for digital meetings, but you can also use any number of apps and services for video, including Whatsapp, Snapchat, Skype, and Zoom.
Take Precautions for Showings
Our open houses and showings will continue as scheduled with a few updates and changes in accordance with guidelines from the CDC:
Practice social distancing
Let the hosting agent sign you in upon arrival
Avoid interpersonal contact; handshakes or hugging
Drive separately to your showing or open house
Minimize touching of surfaces in houses
Use a clean paper towel or tissue to hold when you open doors or touch surfaces
Wash or wipe down your hands on the way in and out, either with soap or sanitizer
Avoiding unnecessary contact with contaminated surfaces is a little easier with disposable gloves. Bring a pair with you if you would like and wear them throughout the showing or open house. When you are finished, simply dispose of them.
When Sick, Remain at Home
We are currently in the regular flu season so there will be others with the common cold, flu, or other common yearly, communicable illnesses. During this time, if you are not feeling well, stay at home and do not allow others into your home for a showing or open house. There will be another time to reschedule to, your health is far more important.
The CDC is currently defining the “High-Risk” category for COVID-19 as older adults and people who have serious chronic medical conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and lung disease. If you fit into this demographic, your best course of action is to remain at home throughout this outbreak. As we said above, your health is what is most important to us above all us so take care of yourself first.
As a community, we are taking the steps necessary to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Make sure you are taking those steps as well and stay updated with the most relevant information from the CDC website, which we will put below. Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Kansas City Homes has always been your local resource and market leader. We will continue to serve you throughout this difficult time and beyond.