As some sections of society in England are slowly being 'unlocked' following Boris Johnson's address yesterday evening, the message in Scotland remains ‘Stay at Home’ rather than ‘Stay Alert’.
There is some light beginning to be seen at the end of the tunnel. The information we've all heard from medical officers across the UK is that if we stay very mindful of the threat of Coronavirus, we can eventually defeat this awful disease.
We are awaiting a detailed report from the UK Government which is set to be released today at 2 pm and should clarify some of the questions people thinking of moving may have. Although it may be aimed at estate agents down south, it could provide a framework for Scotland and we'll be issuing an update around this tomorrow.
We can't rush this, the lockdown will be a phased process in Scotland also, and everyone still has an essential part to play.
We are receiving more and more enquiries from people thinking about selling when this all ends.
The good news is there are some simple things you can do to get ahead and prepare, should you want to sell and move in the future.
By following these steps, you help give your agent the best chance of selling your property quickly, and for a price, you're delighted with.
Four Steps to Prepare – Help Us
And while we're on the subject of being clean.
Here are four things we will be introducing, but only when the rules around viewings are relaxed.
Virtual Viewings – We're already doing them, and they will continue to be very popular with prospective buyers in the future. Contact us for more details.
Going Contactless – We'll be advising sellers to leave doors, cupboards, and gates open where possible to reduce any risk during physical viewings.
Protecting Each Other – We will carry hand sanitiser and other forms of Personal Protective Equipment to every viewing.
Take a (very short) Vacation – We will be asking people to vacate their properties if there is a viewing. This could be to sit in their cars or go into the garden. We feel the use of virtual valuations will mean that prospective buyers having a physical viewing are seriously thinking about buying the property they are looking at.
We're expecting the local property market to leap back into life once the pent-up demand to move is unleashed when the lockdown and social distancing measures are relaxed.
And we'll be ready for it.
But the most important thing for us at Scottish Property Centre is to ensure the safety of our team, our clients, and our community across Scotland.
Stay safe. We will get through this and look out for our update tomorrow.