It has been a long few weeks, but now, with the news that letting agents are able to show prospective tenants around properties once more (ever since 13th May 2020), it seems that the floodgates are opening and landlords who were unable to rent their properties out during the initial stage of the UK’s coronavirus lockdown are keen to get the process started and the rent coming in.
Yet care does need to be taken. Rushing at this point and not paying attention to the safety aspect of letting a property could do more harm than good. Yes, the economy will bounce back more quickly when the housing market starts to move again, but if attention is paid then lockdown could become more restrictive once more and all that hard work and patience will have been for nothing.
There is updated guidance on moving home, for example. In that document, it states that “the process of finding and moving into a new home will need to be different, given those involved in the process will have to adapt practices and procedures to ensure that the risk of spread of coronavirus is reduced as far as possible. This will include doing more of the process online, such as virtual initial viewings; vacating your current property whilst other people are shown around; and ensuring your property is thoroughly cleaned before someone else moves in.”
But what about property inventories? Letting agents still need to engage an inventory clerk for the work to be carried out, and since one of the most important skills that an inventory clerk can have is to be observant and to look closely at each room in a property, this is not something that can really be done remotely. At least not in a satisfactory, high quality way.
The good news is that inventory clerks are masters at social distancing, and have been even before the coronavirus pandemic. With or without the threat of COVID-19, as an inventory clerk there is no need for others to be in the property at the same time as you; in fact, it’s far better when they aren’t there as the job can be done more speedily and efficiently.
Ideally the property should be empty of not only people but of things too… so since there are no possessions within the house or flat, there is nothing for an inventory clerk to touch which someone else can pick up later, and this will also reduce the risk. Although, of course, an inventory clerk will need to open doors, windows, look in drawers, and more, as long as we wear gloves and use hand sanitiser, there really is very little risk. Plus, the house is likely to have been thoroughly cleaned before our arrival – thank you, wonderful end of tenancy cleaners – thus making the job an even safer one for everyone involved.
As for us here at Looksy Inventories, we are more than ready to get back into carrying out thorough, high quality inventory work during the second stage of the UK’s coronavirus lockdown period. With our gloves and masks and hand sanitiser at the ready, we can collect keys and drop them back off whilst still adhering to social distancing measures. Just get in touch with us today to find out more about how we can guarantee to keep within current guidelines and get the job done – and done well.