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First things first, it is essential to stay abreast of current Government and official advice. It is vital that everyone observes the measures that are in place to limit the spread of the virus.

Under current guidance, people who wish to move home can do so as long as all safety measures are carried out. We can visit your home in order to take photos and videos. In addition, prospective buyers are able to view your property and removals companies are able to facilitate home moves.

However, the safety and wellbeing of everyone involved is the most important issue, and although there is now more freedom to move home, public health and Government guidance should always come first. In all instances it is important to adhere to social distancing measures.

Adapting existing arrangements

All parties are encouraged to adapt and be flexible, altering their usual practices, agreeing alternative dates to move if necessary.

It is important to take a patient approach if you are in a chain with someone who is vulnerable, allowing them time to safely conduct a move.

Much of the anxiety around house moves comes from the contractual terms and Government has tried to ease this pressure through:

  • Laying down sector specific guidelines;
  • Asking banks and building societies to extend the period prior to the expiry of a mortgage offer;
  • Working with conveyancers to develop a standard legal process for delaying moving completion dates.
Offers

Offers continue to be made and accepted on properties, many of which were already on the market. We are carrying out desk-based valuations and searches using local authority online systems wherever possible.

Prospective buyers who have agreed a sale may wish to visit a property again now some restrictions have been lifted. They are now able to do so as long as they follow the same advice for viewings, for example, virtual viewings in the first instance, viewings by appointment only, maintaining social distancing, and following all hygiene guidance.

Purchasers can also now arrange for a tradesperson to carry out inspections. This should again be carried out by appoint and only one person at a time where possible.

Listing properties

You can put your home on the market with us and start to look for properties you want to move to. NALC can list new properties and are able to visit your property to take photos and videos while fully adhering to public health guidance. If any member of the household is showing symptoms or self-isolating then we should not physically visit the property.

Get in touch with us on 01636 558200 to find out what we can do. We will be able to explain the procedures and how we are managing the safety of their staff and clients.

Viewings

Government guidance for EnglandScotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland allows for physically distanced viewings that carefully adhere to public health guidance. It is vital that safety comes first, with the guidance reflecting that with several measures that need to be followed to conduct viewings safely:

  • Wales only: physical viewings should only take place if the property has been deep cleaned or unoccupied for at least 72 hours.
  • Viewings must only take place with serious buyers who are genuinely interested in the property.
  • Initial viewings should be done online as virtual viewings. We have created a guide on how to conduct your own virtual viewings. We can also assist you with this.
  • When conducting physical viewings, they should be done by appointment only and open houses are not permitted.
  • If your home is being viewed, open all windows and doors prior to the viewing taking place and if possible, leave the property for the duration of the viewing.
  • Everyone involved must wash their hands prior to the viewing and handwashing facilities should be made available with separate paper towels if possible.
  • We will restrict the number of people present at the viewing in order to follow social distancing guidelines.
  • Once the viewing has finished, the homeowner should ensure surfaces such as door handles are cleaned.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Before the viewing, we will confirm with you in writing that you have appropriate protective equipment. If you do not confirm prior to the viewing.

Our team members are working to best practice guidance which outlines the equipment all parties involved should use during viewings, including gloves and face coverings.

This guidance is designed to protect everyone involved with property viewings and use of the appropriate PPE to ensure everyone’s safety.

You can find the full Government guidance on property viewings. 

Removals

Removal firms can operate but they must adhere to Government guidance which states how and when work can be carried out in people’s homes.

As of 29 June 2020, the property market has taken its first step of re-opening in all of the UK. It is important to understand that this is only the first step of easing restrictions.

While the property market slowly starts moving again, use this time to ensure that your property is sale ready by completing the Property Information Questionnaire

Important notices pre-registration

Please note that charges and fees additional to the sale price might be payable by the successful buyer in respect of the lot please read the information contained below and check the special conditions of sale plus the particulars of sale and any addendum for the lot before deciding whether or not to bid.

Pre-registration approval to bid

All bidders who wish to bid need to register beforehand all checks required by current money laundering regulations must be satisfactorily completed as part of the process prior to NALC Auctions approving you to bid at our Auctions please use the links upon our website in order to fill in your pre-registration forms (hyperlink).

Guide prices

  1. Where a guide price or range of prices is given that guide price is the minimum price at which or range of prices within which the seller might be prepared to sell at on the date on which the guide price is published upon this website. The guide price will normally be at or above the reserve price. The guide price may be subject to change at any time up to and including the day of the auction the latest publish guide price or range of prices is displayed on our website and you are advised to check the website regularly for any updates alternatively you can of course call the office and speak to a member of our team on 01636 558200 for an update on the status of any particular property which you may be interested in.
  2. All guide prices are always quoted subject to the auction contract.
  3. Please note the guide price in the lot does not include any buyers fee charged by the auctioneers and the VAT on the sale price, any stamp duty land tax or any other taxes or additional fees which may be payable
  4. Additional costs and fees charged by the seller or third parties that might apply to some lots and also some buyers’ fees are not included within the guide price.
  5. if a guide price is listed to be advised that’s TBA it means no guide price has yet been set, should you be interested in this particular property please do not hesitate to call the office on 01636 558200 and the members of staff in the office will endeavour to give you the most up-to-date information.

Reserve prices

6.The reserve price is the minimum price at which the vendor is prepared to sell the lot. Whilst every effort is made to ensure the advertised guide prices are up to date it is possible that the reserve price set for any lot may exceed the previously quoted guide price this is because our sellers do not fix their final reserve until just before the lot is offered for sale at the auction itself.

Buyers and sellers’ fees and additional charges

  1. For each lot a buyer’s fee is payable on the fall of the Hammer.
  2. NALC Auctions Ltd charge the following amounts for a residential auction. A buyers premium is chargeable in all cases subject to a minimum of £3600 plus vat in addition All lots £650 plus the VAT
  3. For our chattels and machinery and equipment auctions a minimum of 10% buyer’s premium on the hammer price will be charged.
  4. Sellers fees and additional charges might be charged by the seller and all other parties. You are strongly advised to read the special conditions of sale for the lot prior to bidding and check any additional charges and fees and to check the addendum. The addendum may but does not always contain details of any such amounts.
  5. Some lots (commercial property) VAT may be chargeable in addition to the sale price of the lot. The lot particulars and all the special conditions will explain whether VAT is chargeable or not.
  6. Other matters. Please note that lots may be sold or withdrawn at any time prior to the auction.
  7. Please note that the amount of security (deposit payable) per lot is variable and must be agreed with the auction department prior to bidding please refer to the addendum and the particulars and conditions of sale which will normally state the guide price and required deposit or bigger security deposit. The required deposit will normally be 10% plus any buyer’s premium
  8. Plans are reproduced with the consent of promap and ordnance Survey and are licensed by HM stationery office
  9. Plans and photographs shown in the catalogue and on this website are included in order to assist you in locating the lot in question. They are not necessarily drawn to scale and any arrows on plans or photographs are merely there to assist you in finding the lot itself and not for the purposes of indicating the legal boundary; especially when referring to Land Registry plans.

In this regard the auctioneers cannot guarantee that any plans or photographs showing up-to-date position with regard to boundaries or occupiers either of the lot or for the property shown in such plans or photographs.

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