Is Surveying Allowed?
Despite uncertainty nationwide, the lock-down measures are beginning to be relaxed. As of 12th May 2020 estate agents in England are now allowed to sell houses and individuals are allowed to move home. It is thought that up to £82b worth of property sales are currently on hold and could now be ready to proceed. With property interest set to increase both in urban and rural environments we take a look at whether it is now safe to have a survey undertaken.
Is it Safe to Survey a House Again?
Allowing house sales to proceed is perhaps not as simple as one may think at first glance. Whilst there are buyers, sellers and estate agents there are a whole host of other professionals involved in such transactions; lawyers; surveyors; valuers; the bank to name a few. So is it now safe to undertake a survey? The best place to look for guidance is of course the RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) who are the leading body when it comes to all things surveying.
Recent guidance found here shows that it is now safer to begin undertaking surveys as long as certain guidelines are met and precautions taken.
What Steps are Necessary?
The guidance states:
‘[If you are a surveyor who works in people’s homes,] you can continue work, providing that you are well and have no symptoms. You should notify all clients in advance of your arrival.
On entry to the home you should wash your hands using soap and water for 20 seconds. You should wash your hands regularly, particularly after blowing your nose, sneezing or coughing, and when leaving the property. Where facilities to wash hands are not available, hand sanitiser should be used, and you should carry this with you at all times.
You should maintain a safe distance (at least 2 metres) from any household occupants at all times and ensure good ventilation in the area where you are working, including opening the window.
No work should be carried out in any household which is isolating or where an individual is being shielded, unless your work is to remedy a direct risk to the safety of the household, such as emergency plumbing or repair.
No work should be carried out by a [surveyor] who has coronavirus symptoms, however mild.’
Further guidance is also found on the government website here.
Can I Have a Survey?
In short, yes, as long as it is safe to do so. As such The Hopps Partnership are now beginnig to undertake surveys once again and will be taking steps in accordance with government and RICS guidelines.