As the Covid-19 pandemic lingers, discerning property seekers want to know how safe it is to move around inspecting the real estate spaces they desire to acquire.
Thankfully, commuting restrictions have eased. Several of us have done well to adjust to the new normal yet the pandemic still remains real. Countless events have been rescheduled or canceled, but for individuals, families and organizations frantically in need of a new place, or space, this is not an option.
So is there a safe way to both swerve the virus and acquire the right property in these challenging times? A resounding YES. Luckily we’ve got a few tips to make your property search as seamless, safe, and fruitful as possible.
STAY TRANSPARENT AND FLEXIBLE
Be candid and forthright. Outline your requirements and share your knowledge politely, but be ever ready to accept professional insight and assistance when offered. This affords everyone an opportunity to reduce error and determine suitable options. Hence, all parties limit unnecessary contact while ensuring a degree of certainty regarding what is required and is acceptable.
REQUEST DIGITAL VIEWING
Don’t be shy to ask your real estate agent to send you pictures of the proposed property. Today’s real estate agents are more informed and given to technology than you think. In this pandemic season, agents are open to offering digital conveniences in order to make the acquisition process a lot easier for their customers. Perhaps you could even end up getting a digital tour of the property via video if you are lucky.
TAKE NECESSARY PRECAUTIONS
The ideal thing to do before acquiring a property remains viewing it- physically. If possible, do this yourself by taking extra safety precautions and minimizing social contact. Be certain what it will cost you, in terms of agency fees and mode of movement.
If you are driving that’s fine but if you’re not, politely ensure you are informed on the means of transport. Should you be viewing the property with a partner, make this known so that extra space can be made for them lest it becomes an inconvenience at the end.
Ensure that you have politely informed everyone that you will be looking out for their PPEs. You may end the phone conversation by asserting “I hope everyone else coming is aware that they must wear a nose mask. This really matters to me please.” It is essential that other parties know how much both your health and their observation of the safety measures matter to you!
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