Updated 13th May 2020 10.30am
On Tuesday 12th May the Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick announced that estate agents could open, viewings can be carried out and removal firms and conveyancers can restart operations under new strict social distancing guidelines. This is great news for everyone, especially those whom were in the process of moving prior to lock-down and were unable to progress their plans. So, here is what you need to know about the guidelines home movers will need to follow?
In line with government’s advice, those who are shielding or otherwise clinically vulnerable should ensure they are aware of the medical advice, including on staying at home and avoiding unnecessary contacts over this period, if at all possible.
Yes, The Property Hive are able to provide market appraisals for homeowners. In circumstances where our colleagues are visiting your home, it is important that a safe distance of at last 2 meters is maintained at all times. Where possible, other residents should remain outside of the property during the visit to reduce the number of individuals inside. Representatives will be wearing protective equipment including face coverings and gloves. They will not touching any surfaces, so you will need to keep doors open so that they do not need to touch anything. All surfaces should be cleaned by the homeowner following the visit. There is also lots we can do with the aid of technology and where necessary can access and see your property remotely allowing us to provide an accurate valuation of your home. For more information, please give us a buzz on 01302 247754 or book you free valuation here.
Yes, The Property Hive have a range of digital marketing options available to us that will showcase your property to a wide audience. Our professional photographer is able to visit your home to take pictures and compile an interactive virtual 3D online viewing feature which will allow people to view your property online anytime and from anywhere. An invaluable asset to homeowners during times like this. When visiting your property our representatives will will need to keep a safe distance of two meters and will be wearing protective equipment including face coverings and gloves to keep you and themselves safe. They will not touching any surfaces, so you will need to present the property and stage it appropriately and keep doors open so that they do not need to touch anything. Where possible, all residents should remain outside of the property during the visit to reduce the number of individuals inside and all surfaces should be cleaned by the homeowner following the visit.
With so many still in lock-down with time on their hands, many people are spending their days surfing the internet in search of their next home so now is a great time to capitalise on this and gain some great exposure. If you are wanting to list your property for sale, please give us a buzz on 01302 247754.
Yes, in the first instance people should make use of The Property Hive’s interactive 3D online viewing feature which enables buyers to have an even better experience and allows them to see a three-dimensional model of the property, then zoom in, walk around and interact with the property just like they are actually there. You can also take measurements, see floor plans, pictures and more. This has allowed buyers to purchase remotely without leaving their sofa.
The government has set out strict guidelines for people viewing homes as follows. If any member of either the household being viewed, or the household undertaking a viewing is showing symptoms of coronavirus or is self-isolating, then a physical viewing should be delayed. All viewings should take place by appointment and only involve members of a single household. The number of people viewing a property should be restricted to two and no children should accompany parents on a viewing. Viewing appointments should be restricted to 15 minutes.
Yes, our team of Home Move consultants are continuing to work as normal during this period and have been busy assisting buyers and sellers to agree sales as normal. Much of what needs to be done can continue remotely, so just give us a buzz and we will be happy help you secure your dream home.
Yes, the majority of mortgage lenders are still operating and providing a wide selection of products and have made adjustments for those receiving a furloughed salary. For anyone looking to secure a mortgage, we are able to put them in touch with local financial advisors who can help to find the best mortgage deals.
Yes, most legal firms in the area have continued to operate, albeit with reduced numbers of staff. Following the governments announcement and the removal of restrictions surrounding moving, legal practices will now start to return their operations to full capacity and get people on their way.
Yes, the government has removed the restrictions on professionals involved in the home moving process and published guidelines to keep them and home owners safe. They will be expected to adhere to strict social distancing measures, keeping their distance and wearing protective equipment where required.
Yes, removal firms are able to operate, although they may need to adjust usual procedures in order to ensure moves happen as safely as possible, the government guidelines state the following:
Yes, it is possible to arrange for keys to be collected and social distancing precautions have been put in place to ensure all parties are protected. In some instances, a secure key box can be used. All keys will be cleaned prior to collection.
If you have any questions during this time, why not give The Property Hive a buzz on 01302 247754, we’re here to help and we can make it happen.
More information regarding the government guidelines can be found here.
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