Latest Lockdown - we are open and operating safely
We want to assure you that if you are buying, selling, letting or renting with Hawes & Co we continue to operate with the health and safety of our customers and colleagues as our first priority.
The government has stated that it is important to keep property transactions moving and to ensure the safety and well-being of tenants. Therefore our sales and lettings operations will continue as we have done in recent months; all our normal lines of communication remain open and we will be available as normal via phone and/or email.
You can now visit our branches – though no more than 2 visitors will be permitted on site at any one time.
We have worked hard in recent months to introduce COVID Safe processes and procedures into our branches and also when conducting viewings in clients’ homes. Our teams have been trained and we continue to monitor government advice and guidance and to update our processes and training accordingly. All the details of our COVID safe procedures can be found below.
In line with government guidance all our branches and some of our head office sites are open, having applied our COVID-19 governance framework including risk assessments.
We are pleased to confirm that we operate a “COVID-19” secure environment.
Visiting our branches
Our branches are open and operating safely. Now that infection rates are much lower, and with retail businesses opening we feel it is the right time to revert to normal practice and remove the locked door policy.
Therefore as of 4th May 2021 we will no longer operate a locked door policy and customers will not be required to make an appointment. In order to control the number of people within a branch, no more than 2 visitors will be permitted on site at any one time.
Whatever stage you are at with your purchase or rental, we want to reassure you that we remain dedicated to supporting you in every way we can during this difficult time.
Please note, under current Government guidance you will be required to wear a face mask whilst in branch.
Our branch opening hours can be found on our branch pages.
Track and Trace data
To support the NHS Test and Trace in England, Test and Protect in Scotland and Test, Trace, Protect in Wales some organisations in certain sectors of the economy can volunteer to collect the details, and maintain records, of staff, customers and visitors on their premises. Participation in this scheme for both businesses and individuals is voluntary. Just so you know, we always record customer enquiries in our customer system in order to provide our services to you and your rights over the use of the data are unchanged and outlined in our Privacy Notice. However on request from the relevant Government Agency we will provide your contact information to support the wider public interest of suppressing the COVID-19 virus. Please let us know if you would prefer for us not to share your data in this way.
We are now able to provide physical viewings in properties, however we ask customers to do a virtual viewing first (if available) to reduce the number of times we're visiting a property. We have produced some guides so you know what to expect on the day and how we are keeping viewings safe for both accompanied and unaccompanied viewings.
Just to reassure you, we have used the Government Guidance for Working in Other People's Homes as the basis for our assessments and have produced the required risk assessment. This ensures our visits are carried out in a safe manner for you and our staff
Safe property viewings customer video
Whether you're viewing a property to buy or let or a seller or landlord worrying about having people in your property, find out more about how we're making property viewings safe for everyone.
It's now possible for us to visit your property to do a valuation. We've prepared special guidelines for you and our teams to minimise the risk of spreading COVID-19 such as handwashing, and social distancing. We'll send you these guidelines in advance of the valuation appointment.
Safe property valuations customer video
In order to keep everyone involved in the valuation process as safe as possible we have changed the way that we conduct our property valuations. We've produced this video to show you what to expect.
Whilst our Financial Consultants are now able to conduct physical appointments, we strongly advocate a video or telephone appointment. Our Financial Services partner, Embrace, will send you your own secure link to a video call with comprehensive instructions of how to set it up.
If you want to speak to a professional adviser about your mortgage, you can Book a mortgage appointment
A final note from Hawes & Co
Get in contact
If you have any questions, or are uncertain about how the current situation could affect searching and viewing properties, or selling or letting your property at this time then do give us a call or drop us an email. We can register your interest, provide advice on what you can be doing at this stage, as well as update you on the situation as it changes. If you would like to speak to a local expert, our staff are all available to speak to you over the telephone, via video calls or over email.
Buyers and renters are still looking
Although many of us are at home during this time, Hawes & Co are still agreeing sales and lettings deals with buyers and tenants, many who have viewed properties through remote options and are happy to proceed. We also have a number of pre-qualified buyers and potential renters who are registered with us who may be looking for a property like yours. As we know our registered clients and their needs’ we can be quick to match them with your property.
Planning for the future
Although this is a difficult time for everyone, we all know that we will return to the ‘normal’ pace of modern life one day. We still believe that if you are looking for a new property, then now is still a good time to move. Lockdown is a great opportunity to take the time to research and prepare for your next move to get you ahead of the game.
Hawes & Co have been part of the local community since 1885 and are in the perfect position to be able to support the community during this time.
We encourage our staff to support people in their local communities who may have needed additional help. Whether that was keeping in contact with their own loved ones, supporting local people who may be living alone, local government initiated volunteering, helping the vulnerable with shopping or supporting charities set up to help us all through this unprecedented time. We are proud of our agents and their efforts during this pandemic. We aim to continue with the community spirit long after the pandemic has left.
Rest assured Hawes & Co will continue to play our part in a safe and sensible way.
Please take care. Think about others and follow guidelines.
Hawes & Co