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    How Can Homebuyers Stay Safe & Healthy?

    Here’s a quick reminder: We don’t wear masks for style; they keep us safe.

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    As you shop for homes this fall, I want to encourage you to do so safely. Recently, I received pushback from a customer after asking them to put on a mask for a showing. They said there was no real need for a mask since that particular house was vacant. While, yes, the home had no occupants at the time, this customer was failing to consider a few crucial reasons for still wearing a mask. Here are some real estate reminders for us all during this COVID era:

    1. Think about the people you can’t see. You have no clue who’s been in a given house recently and what they were doing while they were there. Also, it’s possible that another group of people could enter the house to take a look at it for themselves while we’re already in there, and we don’t know what their health status is.

    2. Try not to touch things. COVID stays alive longer on things like doorknobs, rails, handles, and the like, so if you don’t have an obvious need to touch something in a home, then refrain from doing so.

    3. Do not touch your face. For many of us, this is a totally unconscious behavior that’s hard to curb. Still, it’s important that you make a conscious effort to avoid touching your face while walking through a property, even after sanitizing your hands; though hand sanitizer will kill most of the virus, it doesn’t kill everything. This brings me to my next point…

     

    “If you don’t have an obvious need to touch something in a home, refrain from doing so.”

     

    4. Wash your hands for 20 seconds. Only after using soap and water to thoroughly wash your hands for no less than 20 seconds should you touch your eyes, nose, mouth, etc.

    Hopefully, these tips will help you remember to prioritize your safety and the safety of others around you throughout the home-buying experience. As always, reach out to us here at Parkway Realty by phone or email if ever you have any real estate needs or questions. We’re here to be of service to you. Stay safe and healthy out there!

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