Modified Closing Procedure as of June 1, 2020

COVID-19

 

Closing Procedure & Safety Precautions

At Blair | Cato, we take great pride in our unique real estate closing experience, even in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. Since day one of the executive order for social distancing, we have gone above and beyond to accommodate our clients and protect the health and safety of all. We continue to monitor and adjust as necessary and look forward to the day when we can celebrate each closing in the true Blair | Cato fashion that our buyers, sellers, and agents deserve! Until then, we will be implementing a modified closing procedure while we remain firm in our commitment to SERVE YOU WELL. Please make note of the following:

Purchase Buyers and Refinance Borrowers:

  • Upon arrival at our office at your scheduled closing time, please call 803.400.8600 (Columbia & Lexington) or 843.999.2030 (Mauldin).
  • You will have the option of conducting the closing in-office or curbside.
    • In-office:
      • We are only allowing those signing and one supporting person (family member, realtor, or lender) to enter the closing room, however, no children will be permitted in the building so please make childcare arrangements.
      • Upon your arrival, someone will greet you at your car and escort you to our closing room, as all exterior doors are locked to minimize the number of occupants.
      • Our closing room has been upfit with the necessary supplies and equipment to adhere to our strict safety and sanitization policy. (See below for more information.)
      • Everyone entering the building will be asked to complete a brief COVID-19 symptom screening questionnaire.
    • Curbside:
      • Upon your arrival, someone will greet you at your car and initiate your signing.
  • Bring a blue ink pen of your own or we will provide a sanitized pen for you.
  • We will not be permitting the use of our restroom facilities. Please plan accordingly.
  • Please have your picture ID accessible.
  • No children will be allowed in the building

Sellers:

  • Upon arrival at our office at your scheduled closing time, please call 803.400.8600 (Columbia & Lexington) or 843.999.2030 (Mauldin).
  • We are currently asking sellers to conduct their side of the closing curbside only.
    • Upon your arrival, someone will greet you at your car and initiate your signing.
  • Bring a blue ink pen of your own or we will provide a sanitized pen for you.
  • We will not be permitting the use of our restroom facilities Please plan accordingly.
  • Please have your picture ID accessible.

Safety and Sanitization Procedure:

  • Our closing rooms have been upfit with plexiglass guards to reduce physical contact.
  • One side of the glass is designated for the buyers and refinance borrowers and their accompanying person and the other side is designated for attorneys and staff.
  • We appreciate everyone wearing a mask while in our building.
  • Blair | Cato attorneys and staff are required to wear a mask while interacting with clients.
  • Blair | Cato staff will sanitize all tables, chairs, and door handles after each closing.
  • Blair | Cato will provide seating in the closing room to accommodate the specific number of signers plus one accompanying person.
  • Blair | Cato will provide sanitized pens for all individuals who will be signing. However, clients are welcome to provide their own blue ink pen.
  • Blair | Cato will provide hand sanitizer in all closing rooms.
  • All clients must stay seated while in the closing room and avoid touching walls, paintings, physically interacting with staff, etc.
  • While we normally like to thank our clients and customers with a handshake, we will refrain from physical contact.

Thank you for your business and support of our efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Get In Touch

700 Huger Street, Suite 102
Columbia, SC 29201
(803) 400-8600

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406-A East Butler Road
Mauldin, SC 29662
(864) 999-2030

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945 East Main Street
Lexington, SC 29072
(803) 808-0100

info@blaircato.com

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