estate agents open viewings

Property sales and rental markets to reopen today

Last night Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick has announced that estate agents, removal companies and conveyancers can restart work with immediate effect.

Yesterday Parliament published several amendments to the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020. This includes the addition of five short paragraphs that allow both agents and members of the public to travel to view properties and move home.

“Our clear plan will enable people to move home safely, covering each aspect of the sales and letting process from viewings to removals. Our step-by-step plan is based on the latest guidance to ensure the safety and protection of everyone involved. This critical industry can now safely move forward, and those waiting patiently to move can now do so” Jenrick says.

Effectively the new regulations allow members of the public to visit sales or lettings agencies, developers’ sales offices, show homes, view properties for sale or rent, prepare properties prior to moving in and move home.

Following the new regulations, RE/MAX offices will resume viewing from today. We have systems and procedures in place to ensure everyone’s safety.

We expect an initial surge of requests. Over the last few weeks, we have taken hundreds of calls from people wanting to view our homes as soon as viewings are possible, and these enquiries are increasing daily.

From today we will start booking viewings, while making sure that our clients, our buyers and our team are safe.

We will follow strict procedures when conducting viewings:

  • Personal protective equipment (PPE) – we now have gloves and masks available for our team while conducting a viewing, and also for the use of buyers, if they do not have their own.
  • Limits on viewings – we will limit the number of viewing on a property, per day.  If conducting more than one viewing on a property per day, we will ensure that there is at least a two-hour interval.
  • Viewings to be ‘contactless’ – where possible and appropriate, we will leave doors and main cupboards open, so buyers don’t need to touch them.
  • Distance viewings – we will remain out of the property whilst the viewing takes place

As always, we’re here to help, so please call your local RE/MAX office if you need advice or reassurance or send an email to [email protected] and we can direct you to your local RE/MAX office.