Uckfield estate agents are able to remain open for business during the Coronavirus lockdown.
Kane Caulfield, of View Homes, said that following the announcement of the new restrictions, specific guidance for the property market had only just been made available. Unlike during the spring lockdown, this time agents will remain open for business.
He said, “The Government has issued a message to say that ‘buying, selling and renting a home can continue, in a COVID-secure way, as it has in recent months. Estate and letting agents can operate, show homes and sales suites can remain open and property viewings, mortgage valuations and surveys can take place.’ “
He added: “This means we can conduct valuations and viewings, people can visit our office, and we can keep working to help get people moved.”
With the stamp duty holiday coming to an end in the early spring, Kane’s view is that it is important for anyone thinking of moving to act now to take advantage of the time remaining.
He said: “It’s great news the property market can operate through this new lockdown, but the average time from having a sale agreed to completion in the UK is three to four months, so we are concerned that people will leave it too late and miss out on the thousands of pounds to be saved on stamp duty”
And he said: “Property conveyancing lawyers are overwhelmed right now, and, although we are lucky enough to have our own solicitor to prioritise our clients, finding someone to get the legal work done in time could prove tricky for some.”
For more information and advice on how the new coronavirus restrictions might affect the property market, call View Homes on 01825 627038 or email email@example.com.
• Peter Oliver Homes said they will continue to take all the necessary Covid-19 precautions and that they will be able to help those planning a move.
Vince Taylor Tofts
• Vince Taylor Tofts say it’s business as usual in their office and the local housing market is busier than every.
• Rowland Gorringe is open too and while continuing with sales and lettings two members of the team are also undertaking a challenge to help Uckfield Foodbank.
Mike Symons and Jack Wade are doing a virtual bike ride, on an exercise bike, of 632km from Uckfield to Berwick-upon-Tweed and asking people to donate food to their office doorstep for the food bank.
You can follow the progress of Mike and Jack on the Rowland Gorringe Facebook page.
• Mansell McTaggart say they are following guidance about distancing, hand washing and sanitising touch-points, and are asking clients to do the same.
More and more of the properties with them have a video tour, making it easier for buyers to get a feel for the property from a distance before deciding whether to ask for an ‘in-person’ viewing.
In some instances some staff may work from home but Mansell McTaggart said you shouldn’t notice any difference in service levels.
“If you have any questions or concerns please contact your local office, but in the meantime we, and the property market, remain open and we look forward to hearing from you.”