The “New Normal”
As we get closer to the end of the stay at home order, I find myself wondering when, or even if, things will go back to normal? Or perhaps, does our “new normal” look similar to how things are now?
For many of us, we’re ready to get back to some sense of normalcy. Children, and even adults, are ready to go back to hanging outside with friends and family. I’m definitely looking forward to the first night out when my wife and I can enjoy a nice meal at one of our favorite Grand Rapids restaurants.
I think one of the biggest changes we’ve all dealt with is just how different our daily routines are. All of our wardrobes now include wearing some kind of mask or face covering. And as someone who, in my opinion, is fashionable, it can sometimes be hard to find a mask that matches the outfit.
In the past, running to the grocery store to pick up a carton of eggs might have only taken a few minutes. But now, as grocery stores try to manage the number of people inside the supermarket at one time, that simple trip might not be so short and simple.
I know for us at Moran Properties, things are going to look different moving forward. We’ve already started with switching our in person Monday morning meetings to the new popular “Zoom” conference call. We’ve also been given certain guidelines on suggested ways to conduct business (only four persons allowed in a home at a given time, providing masks for clients as we walk a property, etc.). One of the biggest changes we’ve seen in the industry is the end of in person Open Houses, at least for the time being. It’s going to be interesting to see Real Estate agents find new ways to be creative when showing new homes. It's time to perfect the art of the selfie and an occasional Instagram and Facebook live feed.
There’s no question that things like social distancing, statewide shut downs and other precautions have helped flatten the curve these past two months. But the virus is still much alive and continues to spread. So for now, we’re just going to have to find a way to coexist with the novel coronavirus. Our economy, and our sanity for that matter, depends on it. So if that means keeping an extra six feet from the person in front of you, putting on a mask when entering the grocery store and waiting outside in line before entering, then so be it.
Either way you look at it, we’re all in this together. We all have to do our part if we want to continue to move forward.
Like always, reach out with any questions!