The COVID-19 Pandemic has put a strain on the global economy, and the real estate industry has not been immune by far. How can you fill your empty units while keeping public safety in mind? Here are some best practices for ensuring your business can weather this storm without taking a hit to do so.
Virtual Interviews and Showings
With recent advances in technology, interviewing a prospective tenant or showing a rental unit remotely has become incredibly effective and efficient with the right tools.
Communication software like Skype or Zoom make it safe and easy to conduct face-to-face interviews. An added bonus to virtual interviews is that they can be done just about anywhere, and at any time. This eliminates the need to schedule a meet up and travel to a convenient location for what are usually short conversations.
Listings that include plenty of great photos, videos, or even a virtual walkthrough of the space allow interested parties to get a good idea of what the unit looks like, though they may still have questions about its current condition.
Safe In-Person Showings
We understand that an in-person showing is always going to be ideal for both the landlord/manager and the tenant alike, and while that’s still very much a possibility, it’s important to take steps to keep yourself and your prospects safe. Face masks are a must, and social distancing is still possible in most empty units. Be sure to do a quick sanitation of the unit after each showing, and you’re golden.
Pandemics Have Affected Almost Every Industry,
but one thing you’ll never have to worry about during this tumultuous time is the ability to conduct safe and secure background checks on your potential renters. Tenant Report’s screening service is free for landlords and property managers, and all you need is a contact email from your prospect.