Home buyers will have to wear PPE during viewings once the Housing market opens again after the Covid 19 lockdown.
The professional body for estate agencies is drawing up a series of “protocols” for the industry once actual viewings to properties are allowed again .
Thier will be limits on How many people can meet agents and view the Properties
The days of taking your children / in laws / Friends to viewings are unlikely to contine
All doors in the property and some windows will have to be left open to reduce the risk of infection and prospective buyers or renters will be told not to touch any surfaces even though PPE will be worn .
Agents, will also be ask teh perspective buyers and renters if they are suffering from any Covid 19 Symptoms or have been in contact with anyone who has
One of the most difficult challenges is how to organise viewings of homes occupied by elderly or “vulnerable” residents, according to Mark Hayward, chief executive of industry body NAEA Propertymark, which is drawing up the protocol.
Buyers/sellers will be asked to stay in a different parts of the House and if this is not possible they will have to be in the garden or the sellers will need to vacate the property completlely
But Mr Hayward said: “What do we do with sellers if it’s pouring with rain? We can’t ask them to stand in the garden.”
also how can agents make sure sellers are complying and disenfecting areas and how is this managed in communal flats
Estate agencies are likely to be among the first businesses allowed to reopen as the lockdown is relaxed as we need to give our Housing market a boost and Agents should be able to comply with safe social distancing.
many agents have communicated that most of the sales they have agreed prior to lockdown are trying to proceed and they can see a flurry once it has been lifted.
Milton Rodosthenous Property Entreupener "The UK houisng market is very resiliant as our the British people and this will not stop us from buying and selling property yes thier will need to be changes to make sure everyone is safe and our Estate agents up and down the UK will take on that stewardship to help us get back to business as Usual '