Photographing the property
Estate agents will have different approaches to visiting and taking photos, but generally speaking if the property is vacant then estate agents will be happy to visit and take photos for the purposes of marketing the property online and compiling a brochure. If the property is occupied, either by the seller or tenants, some agents may still be happy to take photos but we would suggest these to be in the minority.
Physical viewings are no longer restricted, although there is detailed guidance about the conduct of those viewings in line with government regulations. We have seen many agents promoting virtual viewings online, and have been instructed ourselves by buyers who have agreed to proceed on that basis, i.e. without having seen the property in person.
A common suggestion is for the agent to deliver the keys in person to the property once the seller’s solicitors have received the completion monies. This would be done at an appropriate distance.
Surveyors are allowed access to carry out a survey. This is always money well spent and there are no limits on the types of surveys permitted at this present time.
There are no legal restrictions preventing you from exchanging if all parties wish to do so. A key obstacle had been the unavailability of removal companies, but the majority of companies are now back up and running.
If the parties wish to have more than two weeks between exchange and completion, it might be appropriate to include contract clauses allowing the completion date to be set back if either party contracts coronavirus before completion. This would be particularly relevant where one of the parties is within a certain risk category for example, underlying health conditions.