Keeping the property market moving safely

January 6, 2021

As we face the latest lockdown, the scrutiny on our current living space and its capacity to incorporate an office space, growing families and even the need for outside space continues. For those looking to move in the coming months, we have outlined a few pointers that might help you do so in a safe and efficient manner.

Check your agent’s status

Is your agent working from home or operating via appointment only? Our conversations with nearly 200 estate agency branches this week indicate that the large majority are operating at full capacity but it is worth checking their current COVID guidelines.

Reduce physical viewings

Over the past year, virtual viewings have surged in popularity. Make sure that you ask your agent for a high quality virtual tour of properties that you are interested in to remove the need for an initial physical viewing. In person viewings have been allowed by the government, but they recommend initial viewings to be conducted virtually to remove unnecessary travel and social contact.

Do your due diligence

Be sure to ask your agent about the accuracy of the floor plan of every property. Was it conducted by a RICS Certified Property Measurer? If they cannot guarantee the accuracy, or even better provide insurance for it, the virtual tour and even the value of the property could be misleading. This can lead to major problems regarding mortgaging and selling the property.

Have your paperwork in order

At a time when delays in the home moving process are inevitable, make sure that you have all of your paperwork in order. Consult your agent and/or government guidelines to ensure that you have all of the necessary documentation. This is true for buyers as well as sellers.

Set clear timeframes

Be upfront about how quickly you are looking to exchange and complete. Are you aiming to complete a purchase or sale before a certain deadline, such as the existing cut off for the stamp duty holiday? Make this clear from the outset to ensure everyone involved in the chain is ready to go in good time.

Good luck and, above all, stay safe.