Updated: Jun 4, 2020
Wow. Where do I even begin. 2020 is a year that will surely be a topic of conversation and study for decades to come. The year started rough right from the beginning, between horrific wildfires in Australia, the death of an NBA legend...and then COVID-19, the virus that changed the world.
I'm confident that there's not a single individual on the planet that hasn't been directly or indirectly affected by this nasty virus. Not three months ago, none of us had heard the term "social distancing", and now it's become the way we must live our lives for the foreseeable future. The way we live our personal lives and the way we earn our livings has changed dramatically.
When COVID-19 became known in the US, and the shutdowns and shelter-in-place orders that followed as a result, when into effect, the real estate industry, literally overnight, ground to a halt. No homes to be sold, no homes needing to be photographed. The immediate future of the industry was in limbo.
Fortunately, real estate was deemed an "essential" industry and business was allowed to resume, but under very strict protocols. Safety precautions must be adopted such as face masks, gloves, and shoe coverings when entering a home. Open houses as we've known then for many years, are still not allowed. 360 interactive photography which was a hot commodity when it first hit the market years ago, and then was on the brink of extinction as early as January of this year, became in high demand overnight as a way of allowing potential buyers to walk through a home in lieu of an open house.
The way I must conduct my business has changed. Disinfect my equipment prior to, and after every job. Ensure that no one is in the home while I am. Gloves on, shoe covers on (they always were;), and face mask in place. Of course this adds some time both on and off-site, but it's a small bit of inconvenience in order to help avoid a much larger one for myself and everyone I come into contact with throughout the day.
I hold hope that 2020 will begin to calm down as the year progresses, and maybe even end on a positive note. I can't help but think that the 2020 New Year's Eve celebrations around the world, will not only be significantly grander in scale, but our reasons for celebration will have a much deeper meaning behind them.
I hope you all stay safe and healthy, until next time!