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As of 13.05.2020, the housing market re-opened in England. Buyers and sellers can now resume their moving plans.
After the announcement on 12.05.2020, we now have had confirmation from Parliament along with the beginnings of practical working guidelines. The plan was posed by Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick, who says, "This critical industry can now safely move forward, and those waiting patiently to move can now do so."
The updated advice can found here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/government-advice-on-home-moving-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak
So, we are now able to resume viewings and help people to carry out their moving plans, but only for properties in England.
We had a plan in place ready for reopening, a date that we had figured would be June 1st at the earliest. To some, the reopening will appear too early, especially given that in some cases people are still not able to visit their families. However, the announcement has now been made and we must do all that we can to keep the market moving whilst remaining responsible.
Over the last few weeks, we have spoken with many people wanting to view homes as soon as viewings are possible, and these enquiries are increasing daily. One thing we are not yet clear on is if viewers will be able to cross the border into Wales. We will know more this week hopefully. At the moment, this will be at the viewers own risk.
Below are our current guidelines for viewings and valuations in England:
In some cases our clients may not be able to accommodate viewers in their house. We ask that viewers respect their wishes.
We have been given guidelines on how to conduct viewings safely, and have set out our own processes to adhere to them. These include:
Note: we have a strict Health and Safety Viewings Process our team must adhere to, which is available to view on request.
We are still promoting our Virtual Viewing option as well as in-person viewings (in England only) and would encourage anyone thinking of selling to contact us to discuss the options.
There has been no change to the lockdown contitions in Wales and we are unable to offer in-person viewings or valuations. Please ask us about virtual and remote options.
The doors to our offices will remain closed for now but will reopen when able to do so. Our home-based teams can be reached in the usual way.
Get in touch
A chat with us now may reassure you and help you make an informed decision for you and your family. Feel free to call us at any time.
Firstly, we would like to wish everyone good health at this challenging time.
As a business, we have two main priorities:
We are not currently arranging for any phisical viewings to take place. However, a lot of our properties now have video tours where one of the team takes you on a viewing of the property.
We may be able to offer you a 'Virtual Viewing' with help from the seller. Simply go ahead and enquire as normal and one of the team will be in touch.
In the meantime, please make sure to consider all of the marketing material for each property including all photographs, floorplans, video tours and location marker.
Market Appraisals and Advice Meetings
We are not able to offer any in-person appointments of any kind at the moment. Instead, we are offering video calls with anyone thinking of selling. In conjunction with our Land Registry-linked software and screen sharing capibilities you may be surprised how informative these can be!
Our mortgage advisers have always worked remotely and are fully prepared to offer you the latest advice over the phone on 01291 626262 - option 2.
We are posting regular light-hearted updates via our Facebook page during this time. We are also sharing some great tips, advice and stories from our team, our friends and local communities. Be sure to follow our page here.
We will update this page with further developments as they happen.
We're Here to Help
If anyone needs any help whatsoever, property related or otherwise, even if it is for a chat, please feel free to get in contact and we will do our very best to help.
All the best,
The team at Archer & Co
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