Buying and selling property as the market starts to lift-off from lockdown

By Anita Jaynes on 3 June, 2020

The good news for anyone looking to buy or sell a property now is that the market is starting to get moving again, however many may have concerns surrounding best practice at this time. 

Sarah Thomson, Senior Associate and Head of Residential Property at Wiltshire law firm Goughs, tell us how she’s been helping clients to get moving again.

At Goughs we have been working hard throughout the pandemic to ensure we continue delivering a first-class legal service, whilst protecting our clients and adhering to all health and safety advice. We are able to conduct meetings and conversations over the phone, by video call using Zoom, WhatsApp or Skype and of course can continue emailing. We are all available during working hours on our direct dial phone numbers, ensuring business continuity.

In turn, this means we can absolutely provide a breadth of legal expertise, allowing your move to progress as quickly as possible.

Here is my advice for property searching and viewing in the coming weeks.

Best Practice for Viewing Properties 

In the first instance, take a really good look at all images available online, reading floor plans and room descriptions too. This will ensure you are only viewing properties that really are what you are looking for. You’ll avoid any unnecessary risks. Many agents have now created video tours which can give you a great feel for a property and help you decide if it is right for you before you go to view.

Wear gloves and a mask when viewing. This will protect you and those still residing in the house you’re visiting. Avoid touching any surfaces instead asking your estate agent questions if you have any.

Visit your new potential property with as few people as possible. Some agents are limiting the number of people that may view a property at any one time so check in advance.

When Potential Buyers View Your Property

When it’s time for photos and videos to be done, ensure your home is looking at its best. It means that people will get a really good feel for the property before visiting. Use the time during the viewing to go for a walk so you aren’t in risk of coming in direct contact with individuals.

Leave all internal doors open. This will avoid the need for any viewers to touch door handles and open them.

If you have any further thoughts or advice we’d love to hear from you so please get in touch by emailing residentialproperty@goughs.co.uk.