COVID-19 has produced many uncertainties for people around the globe. Rishi Sunak’s decision to exempt stamp duty for a period of time has meant that the property market has been booming. This has produced some questions as to how buying a property during COVID-19 works, and we’re here to help. This handy article will explain all the subtle changes to the buying process.
Starting your search
Your search can begin as it would at any other time. Visit one of our offices to discuss your needs with one of our friendly agents. Outline your precise requirements and our agent will be in contact to arrange some viewings. If you’d prefer to keep away from our offices then don’t hesitate to pick up the phone to describe your new property needs. From here our agent can be in touch to set up viewings in one of two ways outlined below.
Viewing a property
There are two ways viewing a property can work during COVID-19. These are physically and virtually. A physical viewing is a traditional viewing whereby you can attend the property to assess it yourself. In this case you will be asked to socially distance and wear a mask at all times. Alternatively, you may choose to arrange a virtual viewing, which will be conducted via a video call. An agent will be in touch to arrange the call and organise a time. From here, the agent will walk around the property with a smartphone allowing you to see as much as possible as they show you around the property. As it is a call you will be able to ask your own questions regarding any aspect of the property.
Making an offer
Once you’ve identified your dream home and are ready to put an offer in then you can proceed as usual. If accepted, the process of completing the sale can begin. This process can take a little longer due to current circumstances, however your agent will work with both parties on an agreeable timeline.
It’s as easy as that! Now you know how buying a property during COVID-19 works, and it couldn’t be easier with Chamberlains. If you’d like to start the process then feel free to pick up the phone or visit our office in Teignmouth today!