Boris Johnson has announced his measures for releasing lockdown, but how can an industry built on personal house viewings move through this phased back-to-normality process?
The Government’s phased approach to releasing lockdown does not allow for a strong release of measures currently restricting the sale of, or showing of, homes for new movers. But, that doesn’t mean that people can’t move. On the contrary, people who are already in plans to move house (“Exchanged” already, for example) may move or those who need to do so in the renting sector may do, but social distancing and a gap between last occupiers and new occupiers should be considered where possible.
Now that we have new guidelines allowing people to meet and, crucially, for some sectors to start working in offices and other locations again – what does that mean for the Housing sector?
Initial changes will likely take place, yes, but this does not mean the whole sector is back showing houses and arranging moves immediately. Instead, the sector will slowly move through, in the same way other sectors are, the phased approach to release and find their own way.
Virtual viewings and videos will still be the norm for a while with some new considerations for the future.
As the lockdown releases and things start getting back to some normality, social distancing will still need to be maintained, so how is this possible for in-person house viewings, where virtual viewings or videos won’t suffice? Here are some initial thoughts on how this might look, with further guidance being released all the time:
For Homeowners/Vendors selling their property –
For Viewers –
For Agents –
These are initial thoughts and considerations following the Government’s recent announcements. New guidelines and measures will be, of course, released as changes come into force and we will be keeping you updated as they do.
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