REDDING, Calif. — Real estate may be an essential business, but it's one that has had to make major adjustments to keep going during the health crisis.
This weekend, Vista Real Estate in Redding stepped up to that change.
They partnered with ServiceMaster, a professional disaster cleaning company. to clean an open house -- before, during, and after each viewing -- Saturday to help keep potential buyers protected while shopping for a new home.
“We’re doing our best to make sure that everybody feels as comfortable as possible while they’re looking for homes,” said Vista Real Estate agent Amanda Nardo.
Vista Real Estate says while virtual tours are a great alternative, it's not the same as seeing a home in person. So they decided to work with a disaster cleaning crew on a special open house.
"We really felt it was the best way to approach an open house so to speak from a more innovative way to make it safer and comfortable for everybody," said Nardo.
Upon arrival at the home in West Redding, potential buyers were asked to sign a form, wear a mask and gloves before entering the home.
A cleaning technician followed them during the viewing; disinfecting anything touched like doorknobs, counters, and light switches.
This extra precaution gave shoppers a sense of ease.
"It’s making me feel a lot more comfortable knowing that I’m not going to get infected and I’m not going to infect anyone else coming in looking and you can still shop for a house and kind of continue on with your life."
As of today, Vista Real Estate says they have not seen any other companies doing this type of showing, but hope more people will do the same to help give their clients the best possible house hunting experience.