Following the Government announcement of the UK going in to a national lockdown we would like to reassure you that the property market remains very much open. However, there are a few small changes we need to let you know about.
We’ve checked out Government guidelines to ensure we’re keeping you our clients, and our wonderful team and as safe as possible.
The latest lockdown will see some of the team reverting back to remote working from home in order to reduce the amount of people we have coming in to each of our offices. However, due to the investment made in our technology and phone system last year you will not experience any change.
The small few changes to viewing our properties will be:
- You will be asked to watch a video tour of the property you would like to view before a face to face viewing can be confirmed
- We will no longer be handing out paper property brochures during viewings, instead will receive an e-brochure prior to your viewing
- We will be requesting that you wait safely in your vehicles upon arriving at a viewing, we will then call you to confirm the property is ready for your viewing
Onwards and upwards in getting you into your new home in 2021.
Scott, Jo & Merrick.
We have currently have most of our staff back in our offices . Some of us will work from home. Please continue to contact us on our office telephone numbers and email addresses and someone will be happy to help.
We are sadly not currently accepting unarranged visits to either of our branches and ask that you reach out to discuss your situation before you visit. We will continue to conduct over the phone or virtual appointments where we can, to ensure the safety of our staff, our clients and you the public. If a face-to-face visit is arranged at either of our branches, we politely request that you wear a face covering throughout your visit.
Following the Government guidelines, we will continue to conduct virtual valuations first to discuss your property and our services. If you decide to instruct us as your acting agent, then we will arrange a physical appointment to take photographs and measurements. All compliance documents will be sent to you via email for you to complete. During this appointment we will ask you to adhere to the Government guidelines to ensure your and our safety – Read them here.
Following the Government guidelines, we will continue to send video tours and should you wish to proceed with that property we require you to discuss with us your position and financial situation, before we are able to book a physical viewing. To reduce the number of viewings being conducted on our properties, we will only show individuals round if they are in a proceedable position.
If you attend a physical viewing, we ask only adults to attend the viewing and a maximum of two people (from the same household). During this appointment we will ask you to attend with your own PPE of face mask/covering and gloves. If you do not have this, then we will not be able to let you in the property. Government Guidelines can be read here.
It goes without saying, if you or anyone in your household are showing Covid-19 symptoms, then we ask you to inform us immediately prior to your appointment and reschedule to another time after you/they have finished self-isolating. If you or anyone in your household is shielding, then we ask you not to attend or book any physical appointments for your own safety.
We thank you for supporting us through these trying times and allowing us to assist you with your move. If you wish to discuss any of these guidelines in more detail, please do not hesitate to give us a call or drop us an email.
Stay Safe. Scott, Jo & Merrick
We have a few TOP TIPS for those who are looking to buy a property, now, or after the Government measures are lifted.
1. Get Advice.
Speak to our mortgage advisor now to find out what your options are and what your budget is. Nothing is worse than finding the property of your dreams only for them to be crushed once you realise you can’t afford it.
Register your interest ready for when the Government measures have been lifted, that way we can reach out to you before properties go live on Rightmove & OnTheMarket.
3. Go Virtual.
View online anything and everything that meets your basic criteria. You think you want a 3-bed 1930s semi in suburbia but the 4-bed townhouse closer to the station might just be the one! We now have property videos available to help you narrow down your ‘to view’ list.
4. Do your research.
This can include checking out the street scene and surrounding area using Google Maps, checking out the local council planning portal website, Environment Agency website for flood risks, the Valuation Office Agency website to check the council tax band and amount.
Did you know that we can get you quotes and costs for moving? This includes solicitors’ fees, survey fees, mortgage broker fees, removal costs and any Stamp Duty that may be payable.
Give us a call, or drop us an email, to see how we can help you buy your dream property.
Are you getting ready to sell during lockdown?
We have a few TOP TIPS for those who are looking to place their property on the market, now, or after the Government measures are lifted.
1. Get Advice.
Speak to our mortgage advisors to find out if you have an early repayment charge and if your current mortgage is the best one for your next house.
Use the lockdown to finish off and/or repair all those niggly bits you have been putting off. Such as tightening loose door handles, finishing off paint patches, and filling in any holes in walls etc.
3. First Impressions.
Make sure your kerb appeal is as good as it can be. There is nothing worse than a seeing an unloved garden gate, an overgrown lawn, flowerbed of weeds, and an unpainted front door.
4. Green Fingers.
We aren’t saying re-landscape but now is the time to make the most of this weather. Perhaps de-weed, wash down patios, mow the lawn and dismantle unused Children’s play equipment.
Deep clean your home including cupboards, lofts, sheds and garages, and store away any unnecessary items. You want to show as much space and give as much access to the property to potential buyers as possible. It also gives you a head start on your packing once you’ve sold.
Once you have completed your 'To-Do' list, why not arrange a video call valuation with us? We can give you further market advice and help create your selling plan.