Following consultation with real estate agents and brokers in Winchester, the town has issued new guidelines for the showing of homes. To reflect increased demand, the town will now permit inhabited homes to be shown, providing specific rules are followed. These are in place to protect the safety of the sellers, the buyers, and the agents working with them.
Full details can be found on the Winchester Town website but the guidelines include
Showing by appointment only (no public or broker open houses).
At the time of showing, only one agent plus the prospective buyers (maximum 2) will be allowed in the home at one time.
All parties entering the home need to wear face coverings, gloves, and shoe covers. Shoe covers will be provided by the listing agent and should be taken away and disposed of by the buyer agent.
Good hand hygiene should be practiced within the home, including the buyers and their agent avoiding touching surfaces, cabinets, doorknobs, and other high traffic areas.
The home should have a cleaning plan in place for before and after showings in line with the CDC Guidelines to ensure the risk of infection is minimized.
This new guidance makes it easier for sellers to list their homes and for buyers to search for homes, confident they will be able to have safe viewings. So if you were thinking of moving house, there’s now one less reason to delay. Talk to one of our experienced agents to find out how the market is performing in your area.
Other towns have also updated or amended their regulations regarding showings. Contact one of our agents to find out the latest information for where you live.