Whilst we’re heading into a four-week lockdown, the Government have confirmed that the housing market will remain open.

After the country’s first lockdown earlier this year, we saw an unprecedented market boom in West London once offices reopened with more new listings and properties Sold Subject to Contract (SSTC) than the same period last year.

What can we expect this time around?

The housing market will remain open throughout this lockdown period and everyone should continue to play their part in reducing the spread of the virus by following the current guidance, so you will notice some changes.

There continues to be a large number of people who still need and wish to move. The current incentive of Stamp Duty savings until the end of March 2021 remains in place and with savings of up to £15,000, buyers very much want to take advantage of this.

Can I view houses?

We are following the latest protocols and are still open for business, working safely from both the offices (visits by appointment only) and from home.

We will continue to offer viewings and valuations and support our clients and customers in all of their transactions. We will also continue to follow our strict COVID-19 protocols, which include the use of face masks, restrictions on physical viewings and facilitating and encouraging more video viewings, amongst other things.

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How do I prepare for someone viewing my property?

Please ensure that you are not inside the property while the potential buyers are there. Similarly, please ensure that any touch points, such as door handles or light switches are cleaned before and after the viewing has taken place.

Is there anything else I need to be aware of?

We encourage all involved parties to be prepared for certain delays during the process and to be as flexible as possible. If you have any specific queries, please do ask!

As we were in the first lockdown, we are 100% committed and focussed on doing the right things for our clients, our colleagues, and our community.

We appreciate this is an anxious time for many and that’s why we want you to contact us if you have any questions, concerns or need to get a better understanding of what’s happening.

For more guidance on moving during lockdown, please contact us directly.

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