A message from Aldo Sotgiu , Managing Director of Operations
We hope you and your family are keeping well and like us, once again, are getting to grips with the latest changes following the Government’s lockdown announcement effective from Tuesday 5th January.
This means that most businesses will have to close for a period of time but importantly, the property market will remain open throughout the lockdown period under the strict guidelines we previously introduced. We will continue to work safely within these guidelines for the benefit of our customers and staff.
The wearing of face masks (not visors) is mandatory at all appointments and the obligatory 2-metre social distancing to be strictly adhered to at all viewings, valuations and any other home visits.
If you are planning a visit to our offices, it’s best to make arrangements first and please wear a face mask when doing so. Our offices are open (in line with up to date guidelines) so the front door will be locked. Please knock and a member of our team will attend to you.
The stamp duty holiday has resulted in a significant increase in sales activity and as a result of this; there are some inevitable delays with the house buying process. This is most apparent in relation to Mortgage lending and Conveyancing that have struggled to keep up with the volume of sales.
As a consequence the average time a sale takes to complete has significantly increased, so bear this in mind when planning your move, especially if you intended to take advantage of the stamp duty holiday that ends on 31st March.
We are on hand to provide any advice you might need around this.
If you're currently looking to view a property, we would very much encourage you to take up the opportunity of our Virtual Walk-rounds or Virtual Tours ahead of a physical viewing. It’s a great way to save time and put together a shortlist of homes that you’re really interested in. In addition we would recommend you take Mortgage advice before committing yourself to viewing and we can arrange a time for you to meet one of our Mortgage Advisors.
We’d also ask you to be patient, the numbers of customers wanting to view are very high and therefore there may be some delay in getting you into your chosen viewing as quickly as you may have wished as safety is our priority.
Although we appreciate it’s a challenging time for everyone, we are still open for business and will do everything we can to assist you in any way we can.
Aldo Sotgiu , Managing Director of Operations