When everyone else seems to be winding down for a long Christmas break, buyers and tenants often get busy. In between munching on mince pies and playing Monopoly (isn’t that what everyone does between Christmas and New Year?), the UK feverishly searches for property. In fact, the number of pages viewed on Rightmove increases by 228% between Christmas Day 2017 and 2nd January 2018 – and it’s a seasonal spike that you could prepare for now.
The peak in internet activity translates to viewing requests and the timing couldn’t be worse. Many home movers will be pressing agents for exchange and completion before 1st January, and there will be vendors who want their listings formalised in December so they can go live to market on 2nd January to catch that uptick in activity. Both demands need the attention of desk-bound staff so a flurry of viewings can be as unwelcome as a flurry of snow.
To add to the resourcing picture are holiday requests. Many workers ask for annual leave during December and in the season of good will, agency owners will want to grant days off for Christmas shopping or late starts for parents so they can watch nativity plays.
And don’t forget how illness and inclement weather can leave you short staffed – suddenly it feels more bah humbug than merry. You can avoid Scrooge-like feelings when it comes to staffing by partnering with us. Our Viewbers can take on as many property viewings as you need throughout the festive season and beyond – simple.
Use us when flu depletes your department, when you want to shut early to attend your office party and between Christmas and New Year when you want to give staff some valuable time off - no reason not to still earn from viewings).
Don’t forget that January often carries a sting in its tail. According to Glassdoor, it’s the most popular month for resignations, with almost 1 in 5 (18%) thinking about changing jobs. You might want to circle the 31st January in big red pen, as it is the day Brits are most likely to hand in their resignation letters, according to crunch.co.uk. Use Viewber to give your staff a really good break, and clients will be happy too.
Our Viewbers provide nationwide coverage and be called upon with as little as 24-hours notice – perfect for when the unexpected happens, including Christmas craziness.
This is a real voicemail forwarded to us by a frustrated buyer... he subsequently asked the agent why they don't use Viewber - they do now!
So, what do you currently spend on sending staff out on viewings?
How does booking a viewing with Viewber work? For clients, it’s as simple as clicking a button but here we also explain what happens after the booking is sent.