Who do you know that makes house calls? If you answered 'Realtor' then that is the correct answer! Today is Friday and I decided to count how many houses I have been in this week. Thinking more about it, I was amazed to count 65 houses - give or take a few! This was actually a slow week because it rained on Thursday, and I did not preview or show homes that day. I also didn't count the weekend.
On an average day I am in 10 houses, and I am not complaining. I love
previewing, touring homes and selling houses, but in this day and age of flu
and disease, I always have to remember to wash my hands. I can't imagine how many doors I opened and closed . I usually open doors for my clients and show them into the rooms that we tour. If there are brochures on the counter, I hand one to my clients. I also shake hands or clasp hands as a sign of respect and gratitude. The last thing I want to do is spread any fear. I know that Ebola is not airborne and I got my flu shot, but I want to just remind my fellow Real Estate agents, buyers, sellers and friends to make sure that we wash our hands before and after we enter homes.
Here are some tips on washing hands from the CDC:
- Before, during, and after preparing food
- Before eating food
- Before and after caring for someone who is sick
- Before and after treating a cut or wound
- After using the toilet
- After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has used the toilet
- After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
- After touching an animal, animal feed, or animal waste
- After touching garbage
What is the right way to wash your hands?
- Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
- Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Be sure to lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
- Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the "Happy Birthday" song from beginning to end twice.
- Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
- Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.