The Covid-19 pandemic has changed the real estate dramatically here in California. The state has put in several precautions to ensure the safety of all parties involved in real estate transactions. Furthermore, some counties have added more restrictive measures. So, what is allowed in San Joaquin County is not necessarily allowed in Alameda County. This will outline state requirements as of February 20, 2021 – contact me for specifics in your city.
1. All buyers must sign a PEAD (Property Entry Advisory and Declaration) form prior to entering the home, which basically says no one entering the property has been sick or knowingly been exposed to Covid in the past 2 weeks.
2. Only 2 adults plus the agent are allowed in the property – so no bringing the kids and parents to check out your future home.
3. All entrants to the home must sign the PEAD form in advance. This includes inspectors, appraisers, and any other tradespeople
4. No open houses allowed at this time – this is different than many parts of the country, but is the current law in California
5. Sellers must also sign a PEAD form stating they have not been sick/exposed to Covid recently and that they or their agent will provide sanitizer for entrants and do their best to wipe down counters, etc. between showings
6. Everyone entering the property (except sellers) must wear masks, use sanitizer upon entering and exiting the property; only the agent should open doors/cabinets, etc. Booties and gloves are encouraged to be worn but not mandatory at this time
7. Every property for sale must have the Covid protocol rule sheet posted on the front door
8. All entrants must maintain 6’ social distancing from unrelated parties
9. ALL showings will be made by appointment only, no exceptions
While some of these precautions may seem strict, it’s worth noting that they have loosened up substantially since last March, when NO BUYERS were allowed to enter a home for sale. By following these protocols, home sales have flourished, while maintaining safe entry for visitors and a safe home for sellers during the selling period