2. Stay home for the showing, but keep your distances
Usually, we think that sellers should absent the home during a showing, but in these circumstances you should be home to make sure that the buyers conduct a hygienically sanitary showing. If you do stay home, though, keep your distance! It’s natural to want to shake hands with people at the showing, but you need to resist that impulse. Keep a distance of 5-6 feet from other individuals throughout the showing, and don’t touch. Don’t even bump elbows, because that puts you too close. Use the “hand over heart” greeting.
3. Have rubber gloves for showings, if possible
Ideally, you should have rubber gloves for buyers and buyer agents to put on during showings. They can put the gloves on when they enter the home, and then take them off and dispose of them when they leave. That ensures they’re not making any contact with anything in the home. Keep the gloves near the front door, along with a trash can where they can be thrown out when the visitors are done.
4. Have sanitizing products ready
If you can’t have gloves handy, have hand sanitizer and/or wipes handy in case the buyers didn’t bring any (they should, but you never know). If you don’t have gloves, put out napkins that visitors can hold in their hands to open doors and drawers. And make sure you have soap in a bathroom near the entrance, so you can ask people to wash their hands when they enter.
5. Open windows
If it’s not too cold, and the weather is cooperating, open some windows in the house to get the air flowing.
6. When the showing is over, wipe everything down.
For your own peace of mind, you should take a disinfecting wipe and wipe down everything when your visitors leave. That includes door handles, cabinet and drawer pulls, and any surfaces they might have touched.