What’s permitted during Stage 4 Restrictions?
We are still here for our clients, and whilst the restrictions on work may change over the next few weeks, at this stage we are permitted to provide services in three areas:-
- To complete property settlement
- For end and start of lease
- For any urgent repairs, maintenance or other emergencies
What this means for people looking for a new property, whether for sale or lease, is that the only inspections permitted are virtual inspections.
Can I sell my house?
Yes. Under the restrictions you can put your home on the market for private sale or auction, but all inspections and auctions must be held remotely. Buyers are now embracing technology more than ever before, with Domain reporting a 78% increase in video views and a 126% increase in engagement with virtual tours.
We have also developed new ways to sell your home, drawing on our MultiphaseTM selling system, the latest technology and knowledge of the buyers and what is driving their decision making. Get in touch with your local Woodards agent to find out more.
I had arranged to move house – can I still go ahead?
Yes. You are able to move to a new house if you had already arranged to move, but the curfew hours (8:00pm – 5:00am) still apply. Members of your household can help you move.
Friends or family who are not part of your household can only help with moving if you and those you live with are physically unable to, due to age, health or disability reasons. You must stay at least 1.5 metres apart from each other, wash your hands regularly, wear face coverings at all times and not share food or drink.
We are in the middle of renovating – can this continue?
If you are still living in your house, then your renovation needs to pause once it’s safe to do so and urgent issues are resolved.
If you have moved out, then the renovation is treated as a small scale construction, with a maximum of 5 people onsite.
At Woodards, we are prepared to use this time to the benefit of our clients, by staying one step ahead and monitoring the market on your behalf.
If you would like an update on the value of your property for sale or rent, just get in touch for a virtual consultation and we would be happy to explain how this new normal may affect your situation.
How will this affect the market?
With such low supply of properties for sale throughout the year, exacerbated by this most recent lockdown, there is a pent-up demand for quality homes from a wide variety of buyers.
As people are forced to spend more time in their homes, consider their options and take a longer-term view, we suspect a flood of activity after the lockdown as Spring and Summer become the only times to sell in 2020. As always:
“It is better to be prepared for an opportunity, and not have one, than to have an opportunity and not be prepared” - Whitney M. Young