Property Viewing Under Covid-19 Restrictions

Restrictions on moving home have been relaxed by the government, but buyers and sellers should remain alert to the dangers they face when in close contact with other people.

  • Ensure you are Covid-19 free and check others involved in viewings are too.
  • Limit any contacts with people outside your household, whether you are buying or selling.
  • Avoid meeting estate agents, surveyors or solicitors in person if possible, and use digital technology, telephone or email.
  • Observe the 2 metre social distance rule, and allow only two or three visitors to the property at any one time.
  • Homeowners should be absent from their property prior to any viewing or visits by professionals.
  • Sellers should provide a check list to minimise time others spend inside the property, listing the location of the fuse box, stop cock, water meter, broadband connection etc.
  • Minimise time inside the property to 15 minutes by looking at online videos and photos.
  • Keep windows, doors, and cupboards open to avoid unnecessary touching, and wipe down afterwards.
  • Visitors should wash or sanitize hands when entering and leaving the property. Ideally a disposable mask and gloves should be worn.
  • Homeowners should disinfect door handles, handrails & other likely “touch points” after viewings.
  • Homeowners should avoid open-house viewings and insist on pre-arranged timed appointments.

Bretherton Law’s team of experienced Property Lawyers will ensure that whether you are buying or selling, the conveyancing process will run smoothly and professionally. We are accredited under the Lexcel legal practice and the Law Society’s Conveyancing Quality Schemes. Contact Lucy Madley via the contact form below.