Updated: Mar 24, 2020
UPDATE *** (24th March 2020) With the announcement of tougher restrictions, in-person viewings should no longer be possible. However, most agencies - whilst working from home - remain open to field calls and commence paperwork. For anyone looking to move into a new home in the immediate future, please keep in mind that there may be some logistic difficulties - how would you move all of your belongings across, for instance? To avoid any serious mishaps, we recommend waiting till there is more certainty 18th March 2020
As of now, the message is business as usual.
Business as usual
As of right now, the message from Britain's largest letting agents is that business goes on as usual.
Offices tend to be taking extra measures, however; deep cleans, extra hand-washing and social distancing are all being practiced.
Keeping yourself safe
If you are currently searching for a home, there are some precautions you can take to reduce the risk to yourself:
Check whether the agent has got a video or virtual walkthrough of the property. You might wish to make an offer on the property based upon the extra info you'll get. Even if you want to view it in person, it might cut down on the number of viewings you'll take
Ask the agent to check whether the current tenants (unless the property is vacant), will be home and whether they've exhibited any relevant symptoms
Bring hand sanitiser to each viewing, making sure to use it before and after the visit