UK housing minister Chris Pincher is preparing plans to allow estate agents to safely resume their activities soon. He has already discussed his proposed guidelines with some agents, conveyancers, and firms. There will also be a video session NAEA Property mark.
These discussions have focused on how viewings could take place while maintaining social distancing. This includes ‘contactless’ viewings, in which case doors and cupboards are left open to reduce viewer’s contact with surfaces, and owners waiting outside in the garden, or in their car. Viewers would have to wear gloves and face masks during viewings, and there would be a limit to the number of viewings per day. Properties would have to undergo thorough cleaning before viewings, and some areas would be disinfected. These measures would minimise the risk of contagion. The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors has recently revealed it will release their guidelines soon.
With these steps and measures bringing the housing market back to normality, now would be a good time to look at property investment. The market is recovering, and mortgages have never been cheaper.