Notes from My Lock-Down Diary
Have you ever found yourself backed into a corner? Caught between the devil and the deep blue sea? Between a rock and a hard place? With no place to go?…
Notes from My Lock-Down Diary
Have you ever found yourself backed into a corner? Caught between the devil and the deep blue sea? Between a rock and a hard place? With no place to go?
We’re ready with the folk-euphemisms when we’re really perplexed about what to do, but when doing nothing is not an option. So what do we do? Having a G&T or two might paint a rosy glow over the problem for a few hours but – surprise, surprise – it’ll still be there in the morning.
This is the moment we need to be creative, to be inventive, and if I can use another cliche, to think “outside the box”. If we’re stuck, we need a new perspective and some lateral thinking, and it usually helps to find someone to talk about the situation with. You might be surprised to learn that an Estate Agent – yes, really – can help you think “outside the box”. In the recent lockdown situation we’ve found ourselves in, this has never been more relevant.
We were handling a sale which was showing signs of slowing down in the current situation, solicitors were on furlough leave and communication was ever more difficult . The vendor wished to move into a new house but the build was delayed, again as a result of Covid-19. The purchaser wished to push ahead as their intention was to holiday let the property and receive the income from it, as a long term investment. What’s to do? Let the transaction fall apart with both parties starting again, with all the wasted time, opportunity and costs that would entail? Or, with a small dose of lateral thinking, why not let the sale proceed and arrange for the vendor to stay in what was their house but as a tenant of the new owner. Of course there were things to arrange, such as a tenancy agreement, insurances and permission from any lenders involved, but these were mere details when compared to the sideways step out of the box!
If you feel a chat might help you out of a corner, please get in touch on 01768774546. Now, I think I will have that G&T.
Hannah Sims – Manager of PFK Estate Agency, Keswick.
You asked, we answered...
We have understandably been asked quite a lot of questions in the past few weeks and thought it would be beneficial to share a select few with you. Can I…
You asked, we answered...
We have understandably been asked quite a lot of questions in the past few weeks and thought it would be beneficial to share a select few with you.
Can I still sell my house?
We are unable to visit your home for a valuation in the current circumstances however we can offer a virtual valuation and I would suggest you contact the relevant PFK office to discuss this further.
I have sold my house what will now happen?
The government provided information on Friday 27th March 2020 in relation to house moving during Covid19 outbreak. There are workarounds in relation to how you proceed and agree dates so yes it can still proceed however there may be a delay with moving dates.
Can I have a valuation?
We are providing virtual valuations these can be done by video call and it will enable you to show us round your property so we can then give you an idea on asking price. We will also be able to discuss what we can do for you as an agent and essentially what our service provides plus the current situation with Covid19, government guidelines and how to move forward.
Can I view a house?
Some of our properties are providing virtual viewings if our clients have agreed to do so. Therefore if you are interested in this service contact the relevant PFK office and we will see what we can do for you.
I have applied for a rental house what will happen now?
The government provided information on Friday 27th March 2020 in relation to house moving during Covid19 outbreak. We would ask you to email our property management team on PropertyManagement@pfk.co.uk they will look at your specific case and come back to you as soon as possible.
How can I return my grazing licence?
Our Land Agency office is still open, so please either post the agreement or drop it off through our letterbox.
I need to speak to a Land Agent, how can I do this?
All of our Land Agents are working from home, so please contact our main office line on 01768 866611 where your call will be directed.
I have items I want to sell at auction, how do I do that?
In these uncertain times, we are proud to offer PFK Online, an innovative system for the sale of art, antiques and collectables digitally connecting buyers and sellers Nationwide
The first step is to agree a listing price/estimate for your items with our valuers. We offer a free online consultation via Zoom, or alternatively you can email (email@example.com) or call us (01768 890781). Once we have agreed a suitable valuation, we can then arrange to have the items sent to us, with free postage on items valued over £50. On receipt, we can market, sell and dispatch your items to buyers, forwarding BACS payment to vendors 21 days after sale. Simple!
I need to have items formally valued for Inheritance Tax, do you offer this service?
Yes we do and, sadly, this service is in strong demand in the current climate. We offer live video consultation, or can accept pre-recorded video or photographs of items to be valued. From this information, we can create a valuation report to forward on to solicitors or private clients as required. Call 01768 890781 for more information.
I need to have items formally valued for Insurance, do you do this?
Yes we do and offer this service by live video, pre-recorded video or photograph, sending a valuation report directly to Insurers or private clients as required. Call 01768 890781 for more information.
Do you offer valuations for Insolvency. My business is struggling.
We recognise in the current climate that many people are financially struggling. We offer valuations for personal or business Insolvency and also are able to sell business assets including machinery, professional kitchen equipment and high-end branded electronics. Call 01768 890781 for more information.
If you have any other queries, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Coronavirus Update (2)
PFK has thought long and hard about how we safeguard our staff and customers due to current events. With that in mind and for the continuous and ongoing effort for…
Coronavirus Update (2)
PFK has thought long and hard about how we safeguard our staff and customers due to current events.
With that in mind and for the continuous and ongoing effort for the good health and well-being of customers and staff a decision has been made that as of Monday 23rd March 2020 all of our offices will be closed to the general public for the time being.
HOWEVER, our staff will still be on duty to deal with any enquiries that come in via email or phone and we will still be able to provide an alternative valuation & viewing service.
It is paramount to us as a company that you understand we have not made the decision lightly and that we want to continue to work with our customers and provide the best service possible and with that in mind if you have any queries at all please do not hesitate to contact the relevant branch/department on the following numbers and emails:
Carlisle – firstname.lastname@example.org – 01228 558666
Cockermouth – email@example.com – 01900 826205
Keswick – firstname.lastname@example.org – 017687 74546
Kstephen – email@example.com – 017683 71235
Penrith – firstname.lastname@example.org – 01768 862135 (Option 1)
Whitehaven – email@example.com – 01946 695535
Property Management – firstname.lastname@example.org – 01768 862135 (Option 2)
Admin – email@example.com – 01768 862135 (Option 4)
Land & Development – firstname.lastname@example.org – 01228 586805
Surveys – email@example.com – 01900 821411
Land Agency – firstname.lastname@example.org – 01768 866611
We will keep you posted as soon as things change and we hope that everyone stays safe & well.