On Wednesday last week, it was announced that estate agents in England could go back to work as part of its Government’s phased relaxation of the lockdown.
And it’s worth looking at these regulations as when the home moving lockdown in Scotland ends, we could be working to similar guidelines.
It’s already clear that some English agencies have rushed blindly out of the traps, not adequately prepared for the new way of working and have dived straight back in.
That certainly wouldn’t be our approach when restrictions are relaxed here in Scotland.
When Elvis Presley sang “Only fools rush in’ he could have been talking about some agents getting back to work without proper preparation.
Whenever the lockdown ends, we will be ready to go thoughtfully and steadily because we’ve been preparing for this moment for weeks.
We have Personal Protective Equipment, we have stocked up on sanitisers, social distancing signs and prepared our Be Clean Be Safe protocols and policies.
Below are some of the regulations English estate agents have been advised to work to:
It will be interesting to see how these guidelines work in practice over the next few weeks.
Our preparations ahead of being told we can go back to work include creating a Safe Homes Hotline where we will answer any questions you have about the measures; we are taking to protect people.
Once the lockdown is relaxed, we’re expecting a very busy few months as buyers and sellers who have been put on hold by lockdown re-enter the market with enthusiasm born out of frustration.
Property portals in England reported record numbers of people visiting their sites in the 24 hours after lockdown.
We think the same will happen here and we look set for a busy summer, especially as overseas holidays look unlikely to happen.
Whenever the lockdown is relaxed, we will be ready to start serving our clients safely, sensibly, and successfully.
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