What the latest lockdown levels mean for the Scottish property market

18/11/2020 10:59:25

In this three-minute read, we look at what the new lockdown levels announced on Tuesday by the Government mean for people wanting to move in Scotland.

From this Friday new restrictions in the form of lockdown levels will come into effect across Scotland.

Since the announcement was made on Tuesday, we’ve been answering plenty of questions from people.

To help our clients, we’ve outlined some of the things we’re being asked below, with answers. We’ve also included a link to the Government’s moving advice at the bottom of this article.

Q: I’m in a Level 4 area can I still put my home up for sale?

A: Yes. We are still being instructed to sell properties, and if all the relevant Covid-19 secure procedures are in place, it’s business as usual but in an admittedly unusual way. All the properties we are selling can benefit from a video and virtual tour so prospective buyers can initially view homes from the comfort and safety of their sofas. Then if they are seriously interested, we will check if they can proceed by reviewing their financial status and what their moving situation is.

Q: What precautions are you taking to protect people?

A: Everything we are doing now is around reducing the risk of the virus spreading. We use PPE, and rigidly follow the guidelines around social distancing and rules around property viewings. Which include no group viewings, 15-minute timed slots to see a property and the agent who shows you the home will be the only person allowed to touch surfaces or open doors. We will also wipe down handles and surfaces once the viewing is done.

Q: I’m interested in buying a home in a Level 2 area. I live in an area that is currently Level 4. Am I allowed to view a home in Level 2, given the travel restrictions between the different area levels?

A: Our office in Dunoon has been asked this a lot over the last couple of days. The travel restircation ban would suggest it is not possible. However, at the moment, the Scottish Government website states “People can move home in all protection levels, and to and from areas with different levels, but may wish to consider if they can postpone a move and related activities in areas subject to level 4 protections.”

However, more clarity is being sought by the property industry and if you have any questions around this topic we’re on hand to help so please get in touch.

Q: Are your offices still open?

A: Yes, but we are encouraging people to call or email us rather than pop in to see us.

Everyone at the Scottish Property Centre knows we have a part to play in combatting this awful disease. We take our responsibilities to our clients, community, and colleagues very seriously, and we will continue to go about our work safely and carefully.

We are closely monitoring the situation, and if anything changes, we will be updating you all.

Home Moving Hotlines

We understand people looking to move during this time have a lot more questions than usual.

And that’s why we have launched our Home Moving Hotlines where we will be able to answer any of your queries related to the property market during this lockdown period which is scheduled to end on December 11.

Feel free to call us on:

Shawlands – 0141 649 7979

Cardonald – 0141 892 0077

Motherwell – 01698 250 081

Hamilton – 01698 710 101

Dunoon – 01369 545 015

Thanks for reading.

All at the Scottish Property Centre

Here’s that link to the Government’s most recent update:

https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-moving-home/

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