Gone are those lazy Sunday afternoon drives, the kind where everyone hops in the car, heads to an expensive area or your dream location to look at houses. Perhaps a competition amongst the kids to see who can spot the first Open House sign, the car pulls over, everyone jumps out and the fun begins.
Things have been quite different since March, when as professionals we refrained from holding Open Houses. Streets were bare of signs for many months.
Recently, an influx of Open House signs started popping up all over the city as Sellers became more comfortable with people entering their sanctuary, plus the signage helps notify the neighbors that another property is available in their community.
Unlike days gone by, an Open House sign does not necessarily grant you free access to a property. Many Agents are holding Open House by appointment only. This is an excellent way to control the showings into a manageable timeslot.
Protocols are in place to ensure the safety of everyone. Most agents will request you wear gloves and masks and refrain from touching anything. Some sellers with infants have requested buyers to wear booties, this protects their crawling babies from picking up anything you may track into their home.
Don’t be surprised if you have to show ID And fill out a waiver prior to gaining entrance. These measures are for everyone’s safety in case contact tracing is required.
Open House signs aren’t the only way to notice if a home is for sale in your neighbourhood, or that beautifully treed road you just drove down. Download my app below, the next time you take a wrong turn which turns out to be an awesome area, open the app and check “current location” for all properties for sale, you’ll have everything at your fingertips.
Reach out when you’d like to view a property and I will schedule your private viewing.
It’s still a lot of fun, just a tad different.