Contributed by Gerald Michaud, Broker – Manager, HomeLife/Realty One Ltd., Brokerage.
As of August 12, for all regions in Ontario, the Province has lifted the prohibition of in-person open houses. However, the seller may still decline to have an open house. A live Virtual Open House may be an option.
It’s important to discuss the risk factors which may include concerns from your neighbours or tenants. These risk factors can vary depending on whether the home is vacant or occupied. This gives you the opportunity to discuss the safety protocols you will be using.
The protocols will include keeping a list of everyone who attended in case contact tracing becomes necessary, limiting the number of people in the home at any one time, managing the people waiting to enter and considering requiring all visitors to book an appointment in advance for the purposes of physical distancing, flow management; and when possible providing an alternate place to exit from the entrance. It will also include the things we are now familiar with: wearing a mask, sanitizing your hands before entering, observing physical distancing, avoid use of the washrooms and touching surfaces. Visitors may be asked not to enter if they have any symptoms or have been exposed to Covid-19, or if they have been outside the province in the last 14 days.
Our Realtors® have the tools and experience to simplify the process for you. If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to talk to one of our professionals for advice. We’re in the neighbourhood and happy to help!