It has been the worst flu season in nearly a decade. And with the number of people coming and going during open houses, there’s potential for the epidemic to spread in your clients’ homes. Here are a few suggestions from Re-Bath, a bathroom remodeling company, for keeping the bug at bay in your listings.
- Sanitize surfaces visitors are most likely to touch. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, sanitation will help decrease the number of germs on a surface to a safe level. Use an antibacterial wipe or spray to clean the home’s countertops, doorknobs, and other surfaces that open house guests may touch on a regular basis.
- Bump up the humidity. Cold, dry environments enable the flu to spread. A humidifier will help warm and add moisture to the air, as well as ease cough and respiratory symptoms of current flu suffers. However, homeowners shouldn’t go overboard with the humidity, which can make a home feel stuffy or cause condensation to form on nearby floors and walls. It’s also important to make sure the humidifier is clean, so that mold doesn’t form in the system.
- Hide the toothbrushes. No matter the season, your sellers should declutter the bathroom surfaces before an open house or showing. But it’s even more important for homeowners to make sure toothbrushes are tucked away in a cabinet or drawer.
- Provide a deep clean. After a house is under contract and the foot traffic subsides, your clients may still be living in the property several more weeks or longer. They might want to do a deep clean to combat the spread of the virus. Or, you can send a reputable cleaning person to tackle the high-trafficked areas of the home as part of your service. Sellers who are also buying a property should also do a deep clean on the home they’re moving into, so that the flu doesn’t leave them down for the count when they should be getting settled.