New restrictions announced by the Scottish Government this week to slow the spread of coronavirus have banned the public from entering other homes, but with business visits exempt, the property market remains open and thriving.
At Bell Ingram, the safety of our clients and employees is of the utmost importance, that’s why we introduced a Covid-19 safety protocol for our Estate Agency teams. This includes a full safety briefing with the homeowner and viewer on how to conduct themselves during the viewing; masks and glove wearing throughout; a ‘look don’t touch’ policy with all internal doors required to be open before the viewing can commence and accessible handwashing facilities. Sellers are also required to step outside the property for the duration of the viewing.
With this in place, Bell Ingram has seen increased demand for our premium rural properties since lockdown restrictions have been relaxed, with the most desirable properties quickly under offer.
Rural properties are particularly sought after as buyers look to the great outdoors, taking advantage of increasing workplace flexibility and working from home arrangements.
Bell Ingram is seeing intense demand for desirable rural properties. Our estate agency team in Perth recently sold a beautifully presented bungalow with two acres of land near Bonnybridge, Stirlingshire following 120 viewings and seven offers placed. Similar activity has been mirrored in our Highland and West of Scotland offices where lifestyle properties are proving popular.
We are encouraging prospective sellers to take advantage of the thriving property market and our free market appraisal service, which includes a valuation of the property by one of our friendly and experienced professionals. This involves an informal conversation about the property, the local market conditions and your reasons for sale.