Happy New Lockdown…
5 January 2021
It was announced just after 8pm on Monday 4th January 2021 and coincided with the unexpected and sudden end to ‘Dry January’. A new national lockdown for England has been imposed to lessen the spread of the new variant of coronavirus.
Our first thought, of course, was how will this impact the property market? Thankfully, the government has made it clear. Page 17 of the latest guidance states, “You can still move home. People outside your household or support bubble should not help with moving house unless absolutely necessary. Estate and letting agents and removals firms can continue to work. If you are looking to move, you can go to property viewings. Follow the national guidance on moving home safely, which includes advice on social distancing, letting fresh air in, and wearing a face covering.”
However, just because one can, does not necessarily mean one should, and we anticipate that the market will only see limited activity for the next two months, driven by necessity rather than volition.
We shall continue to offer the same level of service to our clients, but we plan to operate in a slightly different way. Our offices, which have been closed to the public other than by appointment since May, will remain so, albeit now manned by fewer staff whilst we revert to working from home, in line with the guidance.
We remain available to help all who want to sell or buy in the coming months and look forward to hearing from you should you want to plan ahead.
In the meantime, keep safe everyone.