The Scottish Government announced last week that moving home would be permissible from 29th June 2020.  It has now issued further guidance on what that means in practice for Scotland’s property market.  The overarching guidance remains unchanged in that whenever possible elements of a property sale should be conducted remotely using digital technology.

New Build Property

From 29th June, you will be allowed to visit show homes by appointment and where it is safe to do so.  Visit the website of your chosen house-building firm to see what access measures have been put in place.

Estate Agents / Resale Property

From 29th, Estate Agents will be able to visit houses to prepare valuations, take pictures, and other activities necessary to help bring a property to market.  Surveyors will be able to visit properties to prepare home reports.  Our Estate Agency partners, Keys Estate Agents in the West and ESPC in the East, are ready to help get your property sold – contact us if you have a property to sell.

House Viewings should continue to be ‘virtual’ by default.  If you are ready to make an offer on a property an in-person viewing is permissible by appointment and involving only members of one household.  ‘Open House’ Viewings are NOT allowed at this time.

Covid-Precautions

You will almost certainly see all property professionals wearing face coverings when conducting aspects of property sales.  You may be asked to wear face coverings too. You will be asked to self-certify that you:

  • Do not have symptoms of coronavirus (high temperature, new and continuous cough, loss or change of sense of smell or taste)
  • You are not waiting for a coronavirus test result or have tested positive for coronavirus
  • You do not live with somebody who has symptoms, is waiting for a test result or has tested positive.

The Scottish Government has created guidance on face coverings and other precautions relating to covid-19 which you can read here.

Visiting Our Offices

Our offices in Livingston and Glasgow will reopen to the public BY APPOINTMENT only from Monday 29th June 2020.  Appointments will be by exception – our default position will be to continue to conduct business remotely if it is possible and practical.

Conclusion

Whilst the Property Market is restarting, this does NOT mean a return to pre-covid operations.  The buying and selling of property will be subject to safety protocols and will (and should) feel unusual.  What will not change is the professional and efficient conveyancing and estate agency services we offer our clients and we are delighted that Scotland’s vibrant and economically important property market is opening further from Monday 29th June 2020.