The new guidelines on property viewing post lockdown
Social distancing or not? It's a personal choice that needs to be agreed on by both parties.
As of 13 May, the Government has updated its guidance for England only to allow physically distanced viewings that carefully adhere to public health guidance.
With our homeowners in the 50s, 60s and beyond, many still feeling very vulnerable, it’s especially important to consider their safety and security when viewing a property.
The government guidelines recommend that:
Viewings must only take place with serious lodgers who are genuinely interested in the room.
Initial viewings should be done online as virtual viewings. Property Mark has created this helpful guide on how to do this. If you’d prefer Silver Sharers to record a video for you, we can manage this for you at an extra cost.
Before the prospective lodger arrives, open all windows and doors and maintain social distancing throughout the visit.
Everyone involved must wash their hands prior to the viewing and handwashing facilities should be made available with separate paper towels or hand wipes if possible.
Once the viewing has finished, the homeowner should ensure surfaces such as door handles are cleaned.
During the visit, all parties involved should wear face coverings and gloves.
This guidance is designed to protect everyone involved with property viewings but it's up to the individuals on both sides as to how rigorous they want to be. Our advice is that it's best to be clear before you meet in person as to your expectations around the viewing.