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Government 'blueprint' to safely restart viewings

By Alex at Aboda, May 3 2020 05:19PM

Pleased to see the safety measures we planned to introduce to safely sell homes once lock down is lifted are closely aligned with the measures the Government are potentially introducing in a few weeks time.

A blueprint to revive house sales under strict social distancing rules is being formulated by Ministers and property industry officials in talks this week - https://www.thisismoney.co.uk/money/news/article-8280845/Blueprint-revive-house-sales-Sellers-wait-gardens.html

The social distancing plans being discussed will be sent to Public Health England for approval and are said to be expected to be finalised 'within two weeks'.

So, it's possible viewings may be able to commence again, safely, in a couple of weeks time.

Proposals under consideration include asking sellers to stay in their gardens during viewings and requiring potential buyers to wear masks and gloves. In addition, viewings of each property could be limited each day.

The preliminary discussions held last week focused on a set of standards for 'socially distanced' viewings and legal transactions. Sources said home-sellers will be expected to open all their internal doors and turn on their lights so that potential buyers will not have to touch any surfaces.

Vendors will be asked to temporarily vacate their property during each viewing – perhaps staying in their garden or going to the supermarket or for a walk – in order to avoid physical contact with visitors.

Property viewers look certain to be required to wear gloves and masks and will be expected to avoid touching anything within the property boundaries.

The number of viewers allowed at each visit is likely to be limited. There is also expected to be a ban on the booking of back-to-back viewings.

Estate agents will have to check that no one at the property has Covid-19 symptoms. If any occupant appears to be showing signs of infection all viewings will be called off.

Sellers will be expected to clean their homes before and after every viewing.

In addition to these measures being considered by the government, we planned on also requiring our clients 'air' their homes for 30 mins before the viewing by opening windows and doors so fresh air can pass through the home.

We would also conduct weekly 'tracking and tracing' buyers and sellers for 14 days after a viewing to check if they remain symptom free.

And only allowing viewings if everyone in the buyers or sellers household has had no symptoms for at least 14 days.

We believe our measures should ensure viewings are as safe as possible for buyers and sellers.

We would also undertake similar safety measures for visiting clients to discuss the marketing of their homes, photo/video shoots of their homes, and also ensure other necessary visits to the home remain similary safe (EPC's, floor plans, mortgage surveys etc).

Additionally, from our monitoring of leading indicators on market sentiment (online daily views of homes, new buyer enquiries, etc) there is evidence of there being a release of pent-up demand for moving home as the average online daily views over the last week have been higher than the same week last year, and we've had many new buyers register that were potentially planning a move to the area in a couple of years time bring forward those plans.

So, we are looking forward to being able to re-start the housing market and helping people with their dreams of moving home.

Hope to see you again soon!

Stay safe

Much love

Alex Doggett – Owner

ABODA Fine Homes

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