Restrictions for property inspections under Victoria’s Benevolent Leader are to be relaxed from Wednesday 13th May. Open inspections are now permitted again, with a limit of 10 people at any one time (plus agents). Also, the same number can participate in an auction, which is about as useful as permitting 10 people in a restaurant. So, in effect, auctions must still be private or online.
But back to the inspections, whilst we are now allowed to have a small group inspect, is this wise? For the past few weeks, we were temporarily restricted to taking one person at a time through properties (and even temporarily banned). At least now, we can take a family or couple through. This would seem to be a safer and more personal experience for buyers, rather than opting for small crowds being back in vogue. Safer for buyers and certainly safer for sellers. It is really quite impossible to supervise multiple parties from touching handles, cupboards, or even items that tempt children to investigate.
So, whilst never our preferred method of inspection, it would be especially unwise to jump back into open inspections in the current climate. But the really great news is that we Victorians are now permitted to visit our families and friends again. Only 5 people for now, but a great, if late (by a couple of days), step forward.