Last week, it was officially announced Estate Agents in England could go back to work as part of the Government’s phased relaxation of the lockdown.
The key parts of the Government’s advice for people looking to rent, move, sell or purchase a home are summarised below. We want to reassure you we will be following these guidelines thoroughly.
BUYERS AND RENTERS
Initial viewings will be carried out virtually wherever this is possible
All physical viewings will be limited to members of the same household, and open house viewings will not take place.
When physically viewing properties, where possible, you should avoid touching surfaces, wash your hands regularly, and bring your own hand sanitiser. The number of people on a viewing should be minimised to those from your household that has to be there. If you need to be accompanied by small children, you should try to keep them from touching surfaces and ensure they wash their hands regularly.
Anyone involved should practice social distancing in line with public health advice
SELLERS AND EXITING TENANTS
If people are being shown around your current home, you should open all internal doors and ensure surfaces, such as door handles, are cleaned after each viewing with standard household cleaning products.
Most people normally choose to, but we recommend you leave your property while viewings are taking place to minimise your contact with those not from your household.
Anyone involved in any aspect of the home moving process should practice social distancing in line with public health advice.
When moving between properties, you and those in your household should try to do as much of the packing yourself as you can. Where this is not possible, you should speak to removal firms in advance.
If you are particularly worried about the risk of infection, then speak to the professionals involved, your estate agent, landlord or removers as they may be able to put in place extra measures.
We’re expecting a very busy few months as buyers and sellers who have been put on hold by lockdown are now released. Property portals have reported record numbers of people visiting their sites during lockdown, so it’s likely we are set for a busy Summer.
We are ready and looking forward to serving our clients safely, sensibly and successfully.
To read the government guidance on home moving in full click here.