Should I take my home off the market?


We’re living in challenging and uncertain times. As coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to grip the world, it’s safe to say it’s having a significant impact on all of our lives.

If you’re in the process of selling or buying a property, you’re probably concerned about how to proceed, and if you can proceed at all. The good news is, although the vast majority of estate agents are working from home, it’s still very much business as usual, with estate agents carrying out virtual valuations, video viewings and ensuring that the correct protocol is in place for move ins.

Across the sector, estate agents like us are continuing to answer queries from tenants and buyers and there is still a demand for all different types of properties.

So, should I take my home off the market?

With all of the above in mind, there is absolutely no need to take your property off the market during this time. Estate agents across the country are working incredibly hard to keep property sales in motion.

It’s understandable that sellers and buyers will have concerns during this strange period, which is why the industry is continuously responding to and working in accordance with government advice. 

The government’s advice for movers

Given the situation in the UK, the government has urged all parties involved in the moving process to adapt and be flexible with regard to their usual processes, as measures continue to tackle COVID-19.

Stating that, “there is no need to pull out of transactions,” the government is asking members of the public to continue to follow guidance, stay home and wait for further updates.

Where a vacant property is being moved into, the government has released advice that states all parties involved within the transaction can proceed, providing the guidance is followed.

On the other hand, if the property is currently occupied, the advice is for all parties to do “all they can to amicably agree alternative dates to move, for a time when it is likely that stay-at-home measures against coronavirus (COVID-19) will no longer be in place”.

If moving is completely unavoidable for contractual reasons and the parties involved in the move are unable to reach an agreement for a new moving date, they must follow all the relevant social distancing advice and staying away from others as far as possible during the move in order to minimise the spread of the virus.

Here if you need us

At Gordon & Co, we are doing all we can to continue to deliver the highest standard of service to all of our customers while working from home. We are fully contactable, so if you need us or would like to find out more about virtual viewings and valuations, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.