Adapting Existing Viewing Arrangements Due To COVID-19
This past year, a lot of things have had to change. The introduction of a new tier system due to spiking COVID-19 cases this month threatened to pose another possible hurdle for people looking to move house and the people who work in the industry. Fortunately, in-person viewings are still able to continue in all tiers across England. In order to be compliant, and to ensure the safety of all parties involved, we have had to adapt the way we carry out our viewings.
Below I've listed the most important changes that we have had to implement, and rules that need to be followed, in order to carry out physical viewings:
What Is Your Buying Position?
Viewings must only take place with proceedable buyers. A genuine interest in purchasing the property is key as well. To be in a proceedable position, you will need to be under offer, have nothing to sell in order to buy, or be a first-time buyer.
Do You Have An Appointment?
When conducting physical viewings, they should be by appointment only. Everyone involved must wash or sanitise their hands or use hand gel prior to the appointment. A face mask or covering must be worn at all times for the duration of the appointment as well.
Is Your Property Ready For A Viewing?
If you are marketing your home, or are a tenant in situ who is being asked to accommodate viewings, it's important to open windows and doors before viewings take place to help keep the property ventilated. Vendors and tenants are also kindly asked to step out of the property until viewings are complete to help limit the number of people.
Limited Numbers Only
Regarding the number of people who can view a property at any one time, we are having to restrict this at present to comply with current ongoing social distancing guidelines. We ask that only one household attend and that no children under the age of 18 enter the property.
Are You Feeling Well?
The guidance clearly states that anyone who is showing any signs or symptoms of COVID-19, or any other viral illness for that matter, or who are isolating/shielding should not attend any in-person viewings. The option for virtual tours will be given in these instances.
These are some of the changes and rule adaptations that we, and the general public, are having to follow due to the current COVID-19 levels in England. If you would like to discuss further, please feel free to send me an email.