punctilious \ ˌpəŋk-ˈti-lē-əs \ adjective
: marked by precise accordance with details
The word punctilious has appeared in four articles on NYTimes.com in the past year, including on March 17 in “How Coronavirus Has Affected Real Estate” by Joanne Kaufman:
Even a week ago, before many businesses and schools closed, a survey by the National Association of Realtors found that 25 percent of sellers nationwide had already changed the terms of engagement with prospective buyers because of the virus. New requirements include a stop at a hand-washing station, at the very least, a liberal spritz of hand sanitizer. In some instances, buyers are being asked to leave their shoes at the door and don booties. And they’re often discouraged from touching kitchen and bathroom fixtures.
Denae Montesi, a sales agent at William Raveis NYC, is punctilious about being the one to open and close the front door. She keeps as firm a grip on her iPad as she does on the doorknob, signing in prospective buyers at open houses rather than letting them do it themselves. Other brokers have chosen to go old school: they provide pens, wiping them down after each use, or simply invite attendees to keep them.