Buying a new home is one of the most stressful things you can do and add in the fact that we are now in a seriously tight lockdown simply adds to the difficulty however the property market remains open despite England being plunged back into a world that seems to be in a frozen state.
It would seem that the government has allowed the property market to continue most likely in order to aid the broader economy rather than doing estate agents a particular favour especially as there is a huge amount of property transactions currently competing to complete by the end of the stamp duty deadline on March 31st although there are rumours that the tax break might be extended.
Restrictions and guidelines are in place to guide people so they can continue to move home, and do everything needed to complete that process. This includes viewing homes for sale in person, with gloves masks and vacant viewings right through to allowing removal firms into homes and in necessary cases allowing people outside of a bubble to help with the move itself.
Lawyers, valuers and agents are all still working even if from home but with technology at fingertips there is no reason why anything is delayed , indeed with emails and scanned copies of paperwork the whole process in theory should actually be easier, and there will be few reasons for delays to transactions.
In order to allow this to continue it is important to follow safety guidelines and only attempt to move if it is essential, due to the sharp rise in Covid cases. Agents play a huge role in allaying concerns over safe viewings for sellers and buyers reducing the spread of the virus by following all relevant guidance on how to safely conduct viewings.
Virtual viewings are available on many properties for sale and buyers are urged to look at those first before committing to a physical viewing this saves time and the threat of Covid as the virtual walk throughs are able to view at home. You can ‘ wander’ through four or five homes in the time just one actual viewing would take. Of course if the property is of further interest then an actual viewing is encouraged with the correct guidelines.
The safety advice from the Government indicates that those viewing a property for sale should wash and sanitise their hands and avoiding touching surfaces, with viewings only able to involve members of a single household. Some estate agents are requesting gloves and masks when entering a property and this seems to be a very sensible precaution.
- Use virtual viewings of properties where possible
- Properties should be unoccupied when physical viewings take place
- Follow government advice on social distancing during a viewing
- The wearing of masks by all parties during a viewing
- Practice good hand hygiene and ‘touch free’ viewings
- Thoroughly clean properties before and after viewings.
In these strange pandemic times the property market continuing is necessary for so many people. However the financial situation with furlough ending , unemployment rising and uncertain futures for so many the situation is likely to be unstable.
The best Fish & Chips shops in the UK
Many tourists would like to try real fish & chips when they come to the UK. Unfortunately, in central London and other tourist spots, decent fish & chips are not easy to find According to the ‘Fry Magazine’ these are the 50 best fish & chips in the UK.
As you can see there is only one in London and it is in Harrow, not exactly in the centre of town. But on the list ( not by ranking) there are some shops in fairly touristy places like Alnwick, Norwich, Dorchester, Weymouth, Kendal and Penzance.
Finn’s Traditional Fish and Chips, Reading, Berkshire
Fintans Fish & Chip Co, Llanishen, Cardiff
Fish ‘n’ Fritz, Weymouth, Dorset
Fisherman’s Bay, Whitley Bay, Tyne and Wear
Fochabers Fish Bar, Fochabers, Moray
Fraser’s Fish and Chips, Penzance, Cornwall
Frydays of Kendal, Kendal, Cumbria
George’s Fish And Chips, Hanham, Bristol
Harlees Fish & Chips, Westbury, Wiltshire
Henley’s of Wivenhoe, Wivenhoe, Essex
Hiks, Brynhyfryd, Swansea, Glamorgan
Hooked On The Heath, Knutsford, Cheshire
Jason’s Fish And Chips, Rackheath , Norwich, Norfolk
Land & Sea, Sowerby, York, North Yorkshire
Linfords Traditional Fish and Chip Shop, Market Deeping, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire
Market Hill Fisheries, Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire
McLeod’s Fish and Chips, Inverness
Auckley Friery, Auckley, South Yorkshire
Callaways Fish & Chips, Dorchester, Dorset
Carlo’s, Alnwick, Northumberland
Castiglio’s Fried Fish & Chips, Ammanford, Carmarthenshire
Chippy Chippy, Holyhead, Anglesey
Chips @ No. 8, Prestwich, Manchester Chish & Fips, Norwich, Norfolk
Cox’s At The Lighthouse, St Neots, Cambridgeshire
Croft Street Fisheries, Farsley, Leeds
Davenport’s Fish & Chips, Louth, Lincolnshire
David’s Fish And Chips, Brixham, Devon
Dhillons Fish Inn, Throckley, Newcastle
Dunkeld Fish Bar, Dunkeld, Musselburgh, East Lothian
My Plaice Fish and Chips, Gorleston-on- Sea, Norfolk
Newington Fish Bar, Ramsgate, Kent
Priory Plaice Fish and Chips, Ulverston, Cumbria
Sea Salt Sole, Dyce, Aberdeen
Seasmiths Fish Chips, Porthtowan, Truro, Cornwall
Shap Chippy, Penrith, Cumbria
Shaw’s Fish And Chips, Dodworth, Barnsley, South Yorkshire
Smith’s Chippy, South Shields, Tyne & Wear
Sykes, Pendlebury, Salford, Greater Manchester
The Cafe Royal, Annan, Dumfriesshire
The Cottage by Haddocks, Rawtenstall, Rossendale, Lancashire
The Crescent Fish & Chip Shop, Flint, Flintshire
The Esk Cafe, Carlisle, Cumbria
The Fish At Goose Green, Wigan, Lancashire
The Fish Bar, Crewe, Cheshire The Fish Works, Largs, North Ayrshire
The Friary, Carrickfergus, County Antrim
The Golden Fry, Benllech, Isle of Anglesey
The Horseshoe Fish Bar, Pontnewynydd, Torfaen
The Little Chippy Tyldesley, Manchester The Plaice to Be, Kilmarnock, East Ayrshire
The Shire Fryer, Shrewsbury, Shropshire Tony’s, Coatbridge, North Lanarkshire
Towngate Fisheries, Idle, Bradford , West Yorkshire
Valerio’s Fish And Chips, Lanark, South Lanarkshire
Yan’s Fish Bar, Cardiff Every Fish Bar, Harrow, London
Farnhams Fish And Chips, Boverton, Llantwit
Major Fiddlers Elbow Fish and Chips, Leintwardine, Herefordshire
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