The property market remains open for business across the UK during the current national lockdowns.
And Bell Ingram’s estate agents across our Scottish and English offices are following Government Covid protocols to the letter to ensure the health and safety of our clients, contractors and staff.
Carl Warden, Head of Estate Agency, says: “We welcome the news that the housing market is still in business throughout this new lockdown period and would like to assure our clients that Bell Ingram puts the health and safety of our staff, contractors and clients at the forefront of our business.
“Our agents will continue to play their part in reducing the spread of the virus by following all the Government guidance and carrying out Covid checks as we did during 2020.”
Looking ahead Carl predicts 2021 will be a time of renewal and fresh opportunities.
He continues: “I believe that the property market will remain active through the year with values continuing to rise.
“There’s still a substantial demand from buyers looking for a quieter, healthier life in peaceful places with room to breathe. Properties in countryside and coastal locations are particularly popular with people attracted by our fantastic way of life.
“If you are considering your next move, take advantage of our free market appraisal service and get the ball rolling. At Bell Ingram we pride ourselves on our highly personal approach, outstanding service and attention to detail.”
The Scottish Government has confirmed that people will still be allowed to move home under the new lockdown rules.
The guidance reads it is acceptable to leave home “for activities in connection with moving home (including viewing a property), or for activities in connection with the maintenance, purchase, sale, letting, or rental of residential property that the person owns or is otherwise responsible for.”
The guidance adds: “Travelling for the purposes of undertaking essential work on a property other than your main residence should not be used as a pretext for a holiday. You should not stay longer than for the length of time required to undertake the necessary work.”
These Tier 4 rules will apply across the Scottish mainland until at least the end of January and will be kept under review. Island areas will remain in Tier 3, but it has been said that they would be monitored carefully.
The situation in England is broadly similar with people advised to stay at home, except for limited exceptions.
House moves are one of these limited exceptions and, therefore, are permitted to go ahead. Guidance issued by the UK Government states people can still move home, however, people outside a household or support bubble should not help with moving, unless absolutely necessary.
Estate and letting agents and removal firms can continue to work with property viewings still also allowed if anyone is looking to move.
Article posted on 11/01/2021