The advice for viewing a property during lockdown is for initial viewings to be carried out virtually and that property agents should facilitate this where possible.
Buyers have been asked to only view a property in person when they are seriously considering making an offer.
A helpful video guide has been published by industry body Propertymark:
How do virtual viewings work?
Agents are using a variety of tools to share properties virtually.
Certain software allows for 3D cameras to capture the property as though you are viewing in person, as though you’re walking through the property you can walk in and out of rooms, look up and down and out of the windows as you would if you were there.
Other sales agencies are offering property videos which are a walk around, in some instances agents are conducting video calls with buyers to show them around the property – this is usually only viable if a property is unoccupied.
For Garrington clients using our property finder service, we are able to offer personalised preview videos on homes which look interesting.
These videos show all of the good and bad points of each home and include personal narrative from our property finders.
In person property viewings
It is possible to view a property in person during the second lockdown.
Vendors are asked to ensure a surveyor has easy access to all parts of the property to avoid too much contact with surfaces unnecessarily.
It is often the case that a prospective buyer will want to visit a property again, usually between exchange and completion, with an interior designer or other professional.
These appointments are allowed to go ahead so long as all parties follow the guidelines and ideally only one person should visit the property at a time.
Once contracts are exchanged both buyer and seller have entered into a legal agreement to purchase a property, the same applies to tenants who’ve signed a tenancy agreement.
The government encourages all parties to be as flexible as possible in the instance that buyer or seller or their families should become ill with COVID-19.
Moving home during lockdown
Removal firms are allowed to operate with safety measures in place but their procedures will likely be different so it’s important to contact the company and confirm your move date as early as possible.
Many removals companies are requesting that where possible a household does their own packing.
The government asks that the items that must be handled by others are cleaned and that whilst removals companies are in a home social distancing should be maintained.
It is recommended that all parties regularly wash their hands or use sanitiser during the move and that refreshments are not provided to avoid the risk of transmission.
Property buying experts
If you’re looking for a home and are seeking assurance making purchasing decisions whilst restrictions are in place, a property buying agent could be of great assistance.
Providing guidance together with market insights and using their expertise to allow their clients to make well informed decisions when looking a property and moving home during the coronavirus pandemic.
To talk to us about your plans to move please do contact us, without obligation.
The above information is intended as general information only, based on known facts at the time of publication.
Given the circumstances, policy guidance is highly likely to be subject to change and local, regional and country variations.
It should therefore not be relied for any other purpose than general information.
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