Week Seven - Planning Ahead

Posted on 4 May, 2020

Everyone’s experience of lock down is different but week seven has been a quieter one on social media and is less obviously busy. Can’t help feeling there’s some planning going on for what we do when we come out of this, which will be soon. There’s been a lack of Industry leadership during CV19 and not sure why as it’s a great time to grab the agenda as an antidote to varying interpretations of Gov’t compliance.

At some point common sense must drive the way forward and, looking at the property industry, no amount of virtual viewings and inspections will ultimately do the job. They all help and their efficacy has improved, but eyes on are always needed. Surely most would now agree that looking at an empty property is OK but there is so much more that needs doing day to day in the property world.

A new one on me was a request we’ve had to attend properties about to be occupied where the buyer/tenant wants the house disinfected – and is paying for it. Wonder if this is something that will continue post CV19.

As things open up where does the line stop for what’s acceptable and what isn’t. Surely common sense must prevail, and whilst there may be some for whom going outside at all is considered too much, dealing with only empty properties is only going to get us so far. Even an occupied property can become an empty one if the occupants can leave for the limited period of the viewing? Whoever is doing the viewing can, with appropriate social distancing and PPE, open external and internal doors so that a viewer needn’t touch anything. If you add that no more than two people need be in the house at the same time isn’t this a recipe for a reasonable return to normal.

Written by Viewber co-founder, Ed Mead.

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