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Your Guide to COVID-Safe Property Viewings

Whether you’re hoping to view a property or have buyer interest in your home, be sure to adopt the COVID-safe guidelines for viewings.

Faye deGavre

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Mar 22, 2021

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2 min read

Your Guide to COVID-Safe Property Viewings

Looking to buy, rent or sell? The latest official guidance states that property viewings can take place and that you’re able to move home.

It’s strongly recommended to view the property virtually first. This will help give you a better idea of whether you want to view the property in person or not and could reduce the number of viewings you need to book.

Prior to a viewing, your agent will likely let you know what they are doing to keep homeowners and viewers safe. This may include asking you some questions for example, if you have been away, if you or anyone in your household has symptoms of COVID-19, or if you’ve been in close contact with someone with COVID-19. 

To help you understand what to expect when hosting or attending a viewing, we’ve created a simple set of guidelines based on government guidance.

Hosting a viewing

Selling or letting your property? Your agent will be able to help you prepare for viewings, but here are some safety guidelines to follow. 

  • Clean high-touch surfaces, such as doorbells, handles and light switches, with an antibacterial cleaner before and after the viewing.
  • Prior to the viewing, open the windows to increase ventilation.
  • Open all the interior doors beforehand so that viewers don’t have to touch the door handles.
  • If possible, provide hand sanitiser by the front door for agents and viewers to use as they enter and leave the property.
  • To minimise the number of people in the home at any one time, it may be wise for you and your household to leave while the viewing takes place.

Attending a viewing

If you’re going to view a property to buy or rent, you must follow the government guidelines to ensure it goes as smoothly as possible. While your Estate Agent may give you a rundown of what you need to do, here’s what to expect:

  • Viewings are by appointment only; double check the time and date with your agent. Maintain a 2-metre distance from anyone you aren’t living with whenever possible.
  • Wear a face covering when viewing a property, if possible.
  • Carry hand sanitiser with you to use before and after the viewing.
  • Wear disposable gloves during the viewing (optional).
  • Minimise contact with surfaces, such as door handles.
  • Wherever possible, use your own transport.
  • Get there on time to meet the agent. This is to avoid people gathering near the property.
  • Postpone the viewing if you or anyone in your household is displaying COVID-19 symptoms and have not yet completed a required period of household isolation.
  • Ask the agent as many questions about the property before the viewing to help save time spent in the property itself.
  • Wash your hands after the viewing.

Whether you’re hosting a viewing or attending one, following these guidelines will help you do so in a way that prioritises your safety and that of everyone involved. You can find the full government guidance on property viewings here.

Faye deGavre

Content Writer