The housing market is to remain open during the four week lockdown in England, which begins this Thursday. The government guidance issued at the end of the last lockdown remain in place.
To confirm these are;
- Initial viewings should be done virtually wherever possible. We can help with this.
- All physical viewings where prospective buyers or renters will be entering the property should involve no more than 2 households inside the property at any one time. This includes any agent accompanying either party. Anyone in a support bubble, with either household, will count as part of that household.
- Where prospective buyers, who are currently from separate households, wish to view the property on the same occasion, we advise that one household leaves the property to allow the other to enter. This allows for both households to view the property and ensures social distancing.
- Viewings should be arranged by appointment only and ‘open house’ viewings should not take place. When viewing properties in person, you should avoid touching surfaces wherever possible, wash your hands regularly and/or use hand sanitiser. 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.
- If people are being shown around your home, you should open all internal doors and ensure surfaces, such as door handles, are cleaned after each viewing with standard household cleaning products.
- We recommend that you vacate your property while viewings are taking place in order to minimise unnecessary contact.
- Anyone involved in any aspect of the home-moving process should practice social distancing in line with public health advice.
- Masks and gloves should be worn on all appointments.
- Members of the public who are visiting our offices should wear a suitable face covering, as described in government guidance, unless they are exempt from this requirement. Ideally this appointment should be confirmed before arrival and you will be asked to wait in the holding area.
- We will be reducing staff numbers in the office to minimise risk so some of our staff will be working from home during this period.
- We encourage all parties involved to be as flexible as possible and to be prepared to delay moves, for example if one of those involved becomes ill with COVID-19 during the moving process or has to self-isolate.
As ever our priority is to the safety of our clients and staff and we will ensure that all guidelines are strictly adhered too.
Should you need any further advice or support, please do not hesitate to contact us.
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