Keys to Safer Showing Options

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                                                      Safer Showing Options 


Offered by Jerry Waletzko, Crary Real Estate, 701-746 -4663, jerry@grandforkshomes.net. 


Below is a suggested master list of voluntary opt-in safer disease control behaviors from which the Parties -a Seller, a Buyer, and a showing REALTOR - willfully choose, or not choose, the safer contact related Options they are comfortable performing, share them with each other, and hopefully come to an accord in a Safer Showing contact during the time of this coronavirus pandemic. 


Anyone, who is a Party to a possible real estate showing can initiate and share what they are willing to do for a Safer Showing: They can use the checklist below by marking the statements they offer and not answering the options they won’t offer. That is then passed to the listing and showing REALTORs, either of whom may be a Party to the Safer Showing.


If a Party to a showing does not want to mark up the checklist they can simply use it as a guide to restate or modify, in their own words, the safety measures they are willing to take. 


By no means is it a complete list or a guarantee of safety. Anyone using these options is operating in good faith to the best of their abilities and no one is held liable if they become sick.

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In using the Safer Showing Options proceed thru the entire checklist first:


I am a Seller offering our home for sale at __________________­­­­­­­______ and I/We am willing to offer the following options I have checked, or modified in my own words, for a Safer Showing (see left checkboxes S).


I am a Buyer wishing to view the home at ________________________ and I/We am willing to offer the following options I have checked, or modified in my own words, for a Safer Showing (see middle checkboxes B).


I am a REALTOR who wants to show the property at __________________________ and I am willing to offer the following options I have checked, or modified in my own words, for a Safer Showing (see right checkboxes R.)   


Whoever is addressing each box as the Seller, Buyer, or showing REALTOR means you are speaking with one voice for everybody in your respective household referred collectively as I/We and e.  I.e., if you check the box to take temperature, everybody in the household will have their temperatures taken as stated below. 


See the Safer Showing Understanding for more detail at www.grandforkshomes.net/understanding.                                                                                  The coronavirus related Safer Showing Health Survey can be found at www.grandforkshomes.net/health-survey.                                                                                 Another copy of the Safer Showing Options checklist can be found at www.grandforkshomes.net/safer-showing. 


If anyone has questions or concerns please contact me to work through to a showing.

PRE-SHOWING (consideration of all Options): 


Date: __________ 

S B R 

1. ☐  is one out of ____ adults in the household and ____ children.  

2.   ☐  is one out of ____ adults in the household and ____ children.  

3.  ☐ is one out of ____ adults in the household and ____ children. 

4. ☐ ☐ ☐ agrees Buyer will present a prequalification letter to the Seller and listing REALTOR, thru the showing REALTOR, the day before the Safer Showing.

5.  ☒ has done all I can to proceed virtually on the purchase of a home and wish to actually “see” this property in a  Safer Showing.

6. ☐ ☐ ☐ understands and accepts the potential dangers associated with showing contacts even a Safer Showing like this. 

7. ☐ ☐ ☐ has tried to abide by all legally mandated coronavirus related safety measures for the Safer Showing. 

8. ☐ ☐ ☐ agrees to take a coronavirus related Health Survey the day before a Safer Showing, (see www.grandforkshomes.net/health-survey . Any such Health Surveys will be confirmed as completed and shared with all parties thru the listing and showing REALTOR(s). If any adverse responses are noted we will cancel the Showing. 

9. ☐ ☐ ☐ has not traveled out of town or come to town in last 14 days. If you have traveled, or come from out of town to see property please explain in your Activity History as noted in the next statement. 

10. ☐ ☐ ☐ agrees to provide a general social and work Activity History, including any travel out of town, for last two weeks the day before a Safer Showing. If the box is checked, please explain the Activity on a separate sheet and this will be shared with all parties thru the listing and showing REALTOR(s), along with any  Safer Showing Options or remake, and any agreed coronavirus related Safer Showing Health Surveys. 

11. ☐ ☐ ☐ Before the Safer Showing occurs here are the  general descriptions/characteristics of three (circle either of the following if proceeding with this statement) named, or initialed, people that would give me a reference.   

a) 

b)  

c)  

12. ☐ ☐ ☐  has not been tested for coronavirus or for covid-19 antibodies. 

13. ☐ ☐ ☐ has not been contacted by the Grand Forks County Health Department and/or the ND Health Department, any other public health Department, or their emissaries for contact tracing or any other questions related to coronavirus.   

14. ☐ ☐ ☐ has not been in contact with anyone who has covid-19 in the last two weeks that I know of.   

15. ☐ ☐ ☐ has not heard; rumors, or suspect, nor have I come in contact with someone who might have covid-19.  

16. ☐ ☐ ☐ is not aware of any testing being done, or been done, at any of my work places or in my circle of contacts.   

17. ☐ ☐ ☐ has not interacted with anybody else’s pets. If I have pets, they have not interacted with other people or their pets.    

18. ☐ ☐ ☐ will be signed up for Care19 or the Google/Apple tracking app by the time of the Showing. (Applies to all who have cell phones with browsers in the household.) 

19. ☐ ☐ ☐ will check my temperature to see that it is less than 99 degrees the day before the Safer showing contact and I will let the other parties know the results, thru the listing or showing REALTOR(s). If anyone is running a fever in my household, we will cancel the Showing. 

20. ☐ ☐ ☐ will check my oxygen level with an oximeter to see that it is in my normal range the day before the Safer Showing contact and I will let the other party know the results. If anyone in my agreed sphere(s) of association has a lower than normal oxygen saturation rate, we will cancel the Showing. 

21. ☐ ☐ ☐ will be signed up with smelltracker.org and take their smell test the day before a showing or take my own smell test of at least three to five different odorous samples the day before a showing.  If I feel anyone in my household has lost a sense of smell I will inform the listing or showing REALTOR and we will cancel the Showing.    

22. ☐ ☐ ☐ If I become infected or think I may have become infected with covid-19 in the next twenty-one days I will get tested. If I test positive, I promise to share the names of the other Parties to this Safer Showing with Grand Forks County Health Department and/or the ND Health Department, or their emissaries for contact tracing.

23. ☐ ☐ ☐ has no other health related questions or concerns of the Seller, Buyer, or showing REALTOR.  If you have questions or concerns please add them here:

24. ☐ ☐ ☐ agrees to share my Safer Showing Options, any agreed Activity History and the results from any agreed coronavirus related Safer Showing Health Survey with all Parties to the Showing thru the listing or showing REALTOR.

25. ☐ ☐ ☐ It is understood by all three Parties: The listing REALTOR and the showing REALTOR - if different, will review together and share to all involved any submitted Safer Showing Options or modifications from all Parties, plus any Activity Histories, and/or any coronavirus related Safer Showing Health Surveys the day before a Showing. They will work to resolve, or simply accept, any differences or concerns. If all parties are satisfied with the answers the Showing can proceed. 


DAY OF SHOWING:

26. ☐ ☐ ☐ agrees to review my coronavirus related Safer Showing Health Survey again. I will let the other Parties know thru the listing or showing REALTOR the results. If the survey reveals anything that seems adverse, we will cancel the Showing. 

27. ☐ ☐ ☐ will check my temperature again to see that it is less than 99 degrees about one hour before the Safer Showing. I will let the other parties know the results thru the listing or showing REALTOR. If I am running a fever, we will cancel the Showing.  

28. ☐ ☐ ☐ will check my oxygen level with an oximeter to see that it is in my normal range about an hour before the Safer Showing contact and I will let the other party know the results. If anyone in my agreed sphere(s) of association has a lower than normal oxygen saturation rate, we will cancel the Showing. 

29. ☐ ☐ ☐ will do another smell test on smelltracker.org or take my own smell test of at least three to five different odorous samples about one hour before the Safer Showing contact. I will let the other parties know the results thru the listing or showing REALTOR. If I feel I have lost a sense of smell, we will cancel the Showing. 

30. ☐ ☐ ☐ accepts that only the Buyers, and not any children or other people, will be at the Safer Showing unless otherwise agreed by all Parties. 

31. ☐ ☐ ☐ Before the Safer Showing the Seller will wipe down some of the high touch points like door knobs and light switches even though the Buyer and showing Realtor do not intend to touch anything. 

32. ☐ ☐ ☐ Seller will leave the house at least ½ hour before the Safer Showing.  Before leaving I will start to exchange the air in the house by circling all that I agree to and that apply:  I will shut off the forced air furnace. Y N  Not available   I will shut off the air conditioner. Y N Not available    I will turn on all bath fans. Y N Not available   To help air out house I will open the windows in (circle all that are yes):   Basement    First floor    Second floor   Third floor   Garage   I will use floor or table fans near windows to help move the air out. Y N  None available

33.  ☐ ☐ ☐ For the Safer Showing, the Seller will (circle all that apply): Turn on the lights, open some cabinets and drawers, open the shades/blinds/curtains, open all interior doors, open interior service door to attached garage. 

1. ☐ ☐ ☐ Buyer and showing REALTOR will wear at the Safer Showing (circle all that apply):  A face covering,  latex gloves,  face shield,  lab goggles, hair covering, vinyl lab jacket,  rain suit over clothes.

34. ☐ ☐ ☐ Buyer and showing REALTOR will remove shoes and add coverings over socks or feet, or will wear booties or shoe covers at the Safer showing.

35. ☐ ☐ ☐ Buyer and showing REALTOR will sanitize their hands at the Safer Showing.

36. ☐    ☐ Showing REALTOR will dis-infect the lockbox before opening it, then the key, then the door knob on both sides at the Safer Showing. 

37. ☐ ☐ ☐ Showing REALTOR will supervise agreed upon safe social distancing during the at the Safer Showing as per CDC guidelines.

38. ☐ ☐ ☐ Buyer and showing Realtor will try not to touch anything during the at the Safer Showing. 

39. ☐ ☐ Showing REALTOR will sanitize any spot with a wipe if anyone unintentionally touches anything, and the showing REALTOR will inform the Seller after the Safer Showing.

40. ☐ ☐ ☐ Buyer and showing REALTOR will do their best to be done with the Safer Showing in 15 minutes or less.

41. ☐ ☐ Showing REALTOR will shut and lock the door and will wipe the door knob, then wipe the key before returning it to the lockbox, and then wipe down the lockbox at the end of the Safer Showing..

42. ☐   ☐ Showing REALTOR will let listing REALTOR know when they are done and inform him or her of anything unusual at the Safer Showing. 

Contact Jerry with questions and comments.