The Government has announced the property market has now been unlocked and given broad guidance on how viewings, valuations, marketing and home moves may be conducted safely.
I want everyone to feel as safe as possible when I do viewings, valuations and photo/video shoots on homes, or when moving home during the continuing outbreak of Covid 19.
So let me reassure you that if you do not wish to have a physical valuation appointment, photo/video shoot, view homes, have viewings on your home, or physically move home at any time, I will fully understand and respect that.
I will not be putting any pressure on buyers to view homes, on local home owners to list their homes or have valuations, or on my clients to allow viewings on their homes or be pressured to move home, unless they absolutely feel safe to do so.
Better to be safe than sorry and only do what you feel is safe for you personally.
So, please respect and understand if any of my seller clients do not wish to allow viewings on their homes, or move home, until they feel safe to do so.
We have always had the availability of online virtual viewings for potential buyers with our bespoke professional video tours and virtual tours of our clients homes, and virtual valuation guidance for potential home sellers over the phone or via online meeting.
So if you want a virtual viewing or valuation – let me know!
Where buyers are happy to view my clients homes, and my clients are happy to allow viewings, and potential clients are happy to have valuations and photo/video shoots, I kindly ask you to ensure adherence to the guidelines issued by the government here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/government-advice-on-home-moving-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak and also my additional safety procedures as well – all outlined below.
Home owners must ensure
They ventilate the home for 30mins prior to the appointment by opening windows and doors
Frequently touched surfaces are disinfected before the appointment and afterwards (door handles, light switches, hand rails on stairs, worktops, and taps)
All lights are turned on and internal doors open
At the nearest point of entry to the home (e.g. ground floor wc); provide hand soap, paper towels (not cloth hand towels) and plastic carrier bag to safely dispose the used paper towels
They vacate the home during appointments – as I will show buyers around the home – or at least wear home-made/non-surgical face masks/coverings and maintain social distancing for physical valuations and photo/video shoots etc.
They confirm no-one in the home has had any symptoms of Covid 19 in the last 14 days, and inform us if anyone does up to and including the day of the appointment
For buyers viewing, myself, and photographer/videographer appointments etc., the following safety procedures will be taken
Confirm no-one in their/our household has had any symptoms in the last 14 days and if symptoms present in their/our household then appointment delayed until their/our household has been symptom free for 14 days
Maximum of two people from the buyers household view at a time
Home-made/non-surgical face masks/coverings to be worn during the appointment (we don't wish to put a burden on medical/surgical-grade face mask supply to those that need it most)
Shoes off and hands washed upon entering the home and hands washed again when leaving
Not touch anything during the appointment
Measures specific to photographer/videographer appointments:
Home owners should ensure the home has been de-cluttered as per our standard guidance about preparing tour home for photo/video shoots, to remove the need for anything to be moved during the appointment by the photographer/videographer
In order to successfully introduce these further safety measures, and monitor their efficacy, I will initially phase in viewings only for buyers that can actually purchase right now or are close to being in that position (i.e. nothing to sell/sold stc/considering accepting an offer). This will be for the next four weeks, and will then be reviewed.
While these measures should minimise risk of infection during physical appointments, it will not completely remove the risk – so I will only proceed with appointments where buyers/sellers confirm they understand the risk involved, agree to adhere to the safety measures, and our respective households have been symptom-free for at least 14 days.
I will ask for this confirmation by email at the point of the appointment being initially arranged, they day before the appointment, and again on the day of the appointment
If you are wanting to view any of my clients homes, and are able to purchase right now, please let me know which homes you wish to view and I will endeavour to arrange as soon as possible where my clients are happy to allow viewings.
If you wish to discuss the marketing or valuation of your home, or commence full marketing of your home, please let me know - and we can arrange an initial chat on the phone.
But, most importantly....let's all stay safe and not rush this – again, better to be safe than sorry and only do what you feel is safe for you personally.
Much love – speak soon
Alex Doggett – Owner
ABODA Fine Homes