Get Britain Building Again!

18th May, 2020, by Steve Parker MNAEA

At the end of April, I talked about the building industry slowly returning to work after its initial closure. Well in the space of the last 48 hours last week and after weeks of uncertainty, Robert Jenrick unveiled plans, allowing safe housebuilding in the UK and Britons have been told they are now allowed to move and view houses. Estate agents offices can reopen, viewings whether virtual or in person, are permitted, show homes can open and removal companies, and the other essential parts of the sales and the lettings process can restart with immediate effect.

The housing market according to Rightmove, saw a 20% increase in visits in the last few days of April. We have also seen a significant 18% increase in interest for the same period, in our developments featured on the website. If the calls to our phonelines at FHP since Robert Jenrick’s announcement are anything to go by, there is already an increasing demand to view properties both new build and re-sale, hopefully creating a positive surge in the market.

Over the last 8 weeks people have been confined to their homes and have become accustomed to working from home, having lived with this uncertainty and many having to have put plans for moving home on hold, many will now be asking the  question do I like where I live, or do I want to move to the country or live by the river. I enjoy working from home – should I aim to continue when the lockdown is over, maybe even buy somewhere better suited to home working?

Location is a key driver for people when buying a home and there’s no better location than by the river. We have a number of prestigious river-fronting developments and others set in idyllic village locations. Choosing the right location will help maintain your investment. We have properties available in aspirational locations in and around Nottingham, which include West Bridgford, The Park Estate, Wollaton-Bramcote, Mapperley Park and numerous contemporary apartments in the city centre.

As the construction industry and the housing market picks up pace, existing new home developments will quickly near completion, solicitors will be pushing sales across the line, people will make their decision on where to live, by the river, in a village; whether they want a home office, or a new build with limited maintenance so they can spend more time enjoying life and spending time with family and friends.

However, the main priority right now is about staying safe and preventing the spread of the virus, which means everyone has to be vigilant. Viewings will be conducted differently than before to ensure the health and safety of both people going on viewings and those letting others into their homes. The recommended 2m social distancing measures must be adhered to wherever possible. Guidance on the number of people present in a property and the completion of a health questionnaire prior to all visits, will be key in reducing the risk of infection.

Is now the time to think about your next move?

If you want more detailed advice or guidance, on selling or buying your dream home, let’s talk…give me a call and tell me about your aspirations. I can recommend the best way forward and support you throughout your buying or selling journey.

FHP Waterside Living & New Homes are continuing to work remotely at the moment and are contactable by mobile phone, email, or in addition we can arrange zoom call.


Steve Parker

Director – Waterside Living & New Homes

Call: 07917460027



Natasha Goodman

PA to Steve Parker

Call: 0115 977 8938