Housing minister drawing up plans for agents to resume work
According to EstateAgentTODAY the housing minister Chris Pincher is drawing up guidelines which could allow agents to return to something like normal working in the near future.
According to the Mail on Sunday he has already discussed guidelines with some agents, conveyancers and removal firms. These include ‘contactless’ viewings where all doors and cupboards would be left open to reduce buyers’ contact with surfaces, and with owners either vacating the homes or waiting in gardens or cars where appropriate.
Prospective buyers themselves would wear gloves and possibly face masks during viewings, and there would be limits on the number of viewings per day at any one property.
Vendors would be expected to have thoroughly cleaned properties before viewings and communal areas may have to be disinfected.
These proposals are being assessed by Public Health England and final guidelines could be agreed within two weeks, says the paper.
Meanwhile lenders are likely to become more reliant on automated valuations, and conveyancers accept more electronic signatures.