The New Build Housing Market Re-opens
18 May 2020 by Lorraine King
The events of the past few weeks may well have changed the way we live our lives forever and with it, the way we do business.
During the Covid-19 lockdown, the FJG New Build team were set up to work remotely with access to the firm’s telephone system and access to all information and documents through electric case files. We continued to work as usual and providing regular updates on all files to our clients and to the developers’ sales team.
How are developers changing the way they work to comply with COVID-19 guidelines?
Developers are starting to go back on site following the updated Government guidance, which came into effect on Tuesday 13th May removing the restriction on non-essential house moves and supporting the return of activities related to the sale and purchase of homes.
The majority of the developers will be aiming to reopen sales offices and show homes from the 22nd May, initially for pre-booked appointments and with strict social distancing measures in place. Developers are setting new protocols which include revised working practices, staffing arrangements, and new layouts of sales offices, many with Perspex screens.
Moving forward, an increasing number of buyers will be asked to make their initial inspections at new build properties via virtual tours. Showhome viewings will now be unaccompanied, and only one family at a time will be able to view each home.
Technology is likely to take an ever-increasing role in the purchase of new build properties and it is essential, that we, as Conveyancers, are swift to grasp this new concept and move forward with our clients embracing this new way of doing business. Therefore, the FJG New Build team will fully utilise and are continuing to develop new ways to use technology such as virtual appointments and ID checks, electronic case files, and online resources and portals to assist our clients as best we can.
As well as this, we will be extending their working hours to accommodate our clients’ needs; the New Build team will be available until 7pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays and every Saturday morning from 9am to 12pm.
Rest assured, we have been liaising with our current clients over any concerns they have with regard to delayed timescales for properties where the anticipated legal completion date has been moved due to Covid-19 and we are ready and waiting to help if you’re looking to purchase a new build property in the future – call 01206 835223 or email [email protected]
Learn more about the process of purchasing a new-build property here.