When to best proceed with contract workers who provide services for the marketing of property during the COVID19 pandemic, and how homeowners can assist service providers entering their residence.
During the COVID19 pandemic, it is prudent to consider how we, as a group of sole traders and small businesses, can best continue working and maintain the best level of protection for ourselves and our communities.
Though workers within state agencies will receive advice from state and national bodies addressing their unique issues, the less obvious in the industry such as contractors or service providers may be forgotten, or at least divided and left alone to work out strategies.
At Massa Designs, there will be only one photographer who will arrive and shoot your location. In the case of a vacant property, the guidelines below will be different.
Person to person spread of coronaviruses generally occurs between people who are close contacts with one another. A close contact is typically someone who has been face-to-face for more than 15 minutes, or been in the same closed space for at least 2 hours, with a person that was infectious.
With this definition in mind, we need to take immediate steps to ensure the best possible safety for ourselves and for our communities. We need to consider the following:
Following is a list of suggested guidelines based on the current research from international medical sources. This information is for our shared benefit, so please share with staff, friends and clients for everyone's well-being.
If you are able to leave your property whilst the photographer is on site, it will assist in curbing the spread of any potential infection.
Anybody over the age of 65, or with a serious underlying medical issue, should ideally vacate the property during the shoot. If this is not possible, it may be worth postponing.
If anyone is the house is in self-isolation, the photoshoot must be cancelled.
Photographers should wash hands on arrival and upon completion of the job.
You will likely find that your photographer will be carrying their own hand towel and soap or hand sanitiser.
You may also wish to provide facilities for hand washing and drying. It is recommended that you do not share a hand towel between non-family members.
Correct preparation of your property will mean the photographer can spend less time on site, and get the best possible images to showcase your home.
Have it neat and tidy before the worker arrives. They are advised to not touch anything inside your property.
This includes having beds made, no laundry on the clothesline or around the house, and having surfaces as clean and clear as possible.
Under normal circumstances, the photographer and/or agent will go from room to room to do the final inspection of the space. Given the current situation, it is mandatory to do these things yourself, before the worker arrives.
Please follow the government restrictions in your area regarding numbers of people at an indoor gathering. Please consider this if there is more than 1 worker attending a property, and also count people living or working on site. Most importantly use good judgment, and enter ever work site in the mindset that you may be an asymptomatic carrier of COVID-19. By protecting yourself, you're protecting your community.
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