Open for Inspections and Auctions are allowed again – with rules to keep everyone safe.

Real Estate agents across Victoria can once more carry out Open for Inspections at properties and also conduct Auctions, but with sensible rules around social distancing and hygiene.

Open for Inspections

We will only allow a maximum of 10 members of the public to enter a property at the one time. If there are more people who want to inspect the home, they will be asked to wait outside (observing social distancing) until other people leave the property.

We will be taking the contact details of every attendee and will not allow anyone to enter a property without this information. We will hand these details over to the government if they request it to track people who may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19.

Before entering a property, people will be asked to sanitise their hands and advised not to touch any surfaces in the home. We will also be asking attendees to confirm that they do not have any symptoms of COVID-19.

Inside the home, people will be asked to maintain a distance of at least 1.5 metres from each other as well as observing the rule that there should be no more than one person per 4 square metres. This may mean that if someone is inspecting a bedroom or bathroom, you will need to wait until they leave the room to enter it.

Auctions

Ideally, auctions will be conducted outside on the premises - either in the front or back garden.

A maximum of 10 members of the public are allowed to attend the auction. If there are more than 10 people then the Barry Plant auctioneer will be asking that only those who want to bid to remain. If there are more than 10 potential bidders then we will help the additional people bid – either using an online auction platform or by being on the phone to one of our agents – from a distance.

All people attending the auction will be asked to stay a minimum of 1.5 metres from other people.

At Barry Plant, we are very serious about ensuring that our staff, our clients and the community are kept as safe as possible. We believe the processes we have implemented around our open homes and auctions will provide a safe environment for people who are looking to buy or sell a home.