Safe property viewing guidelines for vendors and buyers

September 24, 2020 11:43 am

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The lockdown has finally eased, and the real estate market is in full swing once again. Agents are all over the place taking photos and videos in an attempt to reinvent the industry.

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The best part?

People who wish to move or sell property can do so as long as they stick to government guidelines. Here are some of the safety and wellbeing measures the government expects of the real estate industry.

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Social distance: Keeping a 2m distance from a client might seem awkward, especially when showing small spaces. But this is one of the most effective ways to avoid a Covid-19 infection. The idea is to let the client walk into tight spaces alone while you stand in the other room. This ensures safety for everybody involved.

Embrace technology: Real estate agents have moved from in-person viewing to virtual tours. This allows them to show the property to more people without worrying about the virus. It has also made it easier for agents to include conveyancing quotes in their services. This is a relatively new trend. Only time will tell if the market will push in that direction in the future.

Keep the property clean: Washing hands regularly is one of the easiest and most effective ways to avoid Covid-19. That means you should wash your hands before any viewings. You might also want to clean doorbells and handles and have hand sanitisers on site.

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Don’t use public transport: Using public transportation is the easiest way to get exposed to Covid-19. Be sure to bring your vehicle or hire one if the need arises. You can also walk or take a bicycle to avoid getting into close contact with other people.

Shop around for the best conveyancing quote: The ideal situation would be to get a conveyancing quote from the same company selling the property, but that is not always possible. You can also search for local solicitors on the internet and then go from there.

Takeaway

As the English property market reopens, it is important to know that safety is the number-one priority of all parties involved. Although buying and selling homes remains as important as ever, doing so safely is essential.