House Hunting During COVID19

The days of heading off for a fun afternoon of flat or house hunting are over, at least the way we knew them. Many of us are putting our lives on hold as COVID19 spreads, but how does this affect home hunting? Finding a place to live needs to happen regardless, so here are a few tips to do so safely.

  1. Evaluate whether you really need to move now or not. If your current lease is up, consider asking your landlord if you can have a month-to-month extension. They may be wary of getting a new tenant in during the pandemic, too.
  2. If extending your current lease is not an option, and your fears around COVID19 are on the high end, consider requesting a virtual home tour. Set up a Zoom or Facetime call with the current tenant, real estate agent, or home owner for them to take you through every inch of the home.
  3. If a virtual tour is not an option, be safe when you go in-person. The first rule, of course, is to keep your distance; remain at least 6 feet away from anyone in the home that is not in your bubble. Do not shake hands and rather express your gratitude verbally.
  4. Do not assume that you will be given a mask, gloves, and sanitizer, so bring your own along.

Now that you’ve got the knowledge, it’s time to find a new place to live! Head to gumtree.co.za or your Gumtree app (click for Apple & Android).

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