Homebuyers can save lives — theirs and those of their ‘gracious’ sellers

Originally published in The Press-Enterprise

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When it comes to shopping for houses, you need to take particular care, especially when the sellers are still in the house.

As restaurants, barber shops, hair salons, nail salons, and gyms get the green light to re-open, albeit with new guidelines to keep employees and patrons safe, we all have to manage our own personal comfort within the “official” safety zone.

Our natural tendency is to drop all the hypersensitivity and get straight back to normal, skipping the new normal that has to come to be.

By now, you’ve probably had the experience of standing at least six feet away from the person in front of you at the checkout line at the grocery store, when someone comes by within one foot of your shopping cart to get to the hot dogs and potatoes salad, completely disregarding the social distancing guidelines.

We are all going to have to get used to safe spacial awareness 24/7 and in every single setting, especially as we start to interact in all of our old familiar stomping grounds.

When it comes to shopping for houses, you need to take particular care, especially when the sellers are still in the house. Use your PPE at all times — masks, gloves, and hand sanitizers.

And even when you are wearing gloves, do not touch anything. This is going to take some concentration on your part, so here are a few situations to avoid.

Don’t lean on or grab the back of a chair. Any chair. Not for any reason. Not for balance, perspective, or comfort. Not to determine the weight capacity of said chair. Just don’t do it.Don’t sit on any couch, chair, bench, or fireplace hearth. Who knows who’s sat there before you? And you may need to touch something to get back up. That could be bad.Don’t lean on any wall, piece of furniture, door, column, pillar or table. Your face, arms, legs, hair or hands may touch it when you launch yourself to your next destination.

Do not touch the knob or handle to any door, closet, or passageway. The seller should leave everything open for you so you don’t have to open anything. But if they forget to leave the hall coat closet open, just know it’s a small closet, and you don’t really want to risk infection to see the inside, nor to risk infecting the gracious sellers to see inside.

If you get into escrow, you can ask your home inspector to take a picture for you.

And regardless of COVID-19, do not ever visit a house you’ve made an offer to purchase without (1) including your agent in the conversation, letting him or her know you’d like to see the house again; (2) an appointment; and (3) PPE.

Also, never show up unannounced, by yourself, knocking on the sellers’ front door, without a mask, gloves or hand sanitizer.

Leslie Sargent Eskildsen is an agent with Realty One Group. She can be reached at 949-678-3373 or leslie@leslieeskildsen.com.

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Date : 5/28/2020

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