Following the recent restrictions on the housing market as a result of the current coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, we have created a dedicated hub which provides guidance and support for consumers and our network surveyors. Take a look below.
A message from our Managing Director, Simon Jackson:
We’re continuing to review how best to serve our lender clients and consumers, while providing support to our staff and network during this unprecedented time. With the landscape of the housing market constantly changing, we’ll be updating our website with the information that you need.
You can find out what we’re currently doing to reduce the impacts of coronavirus (COVID-19) on our valuations and home surveys by taking a look at the frequently asked questions for surveyors and lenders below.
Is the SDL Surveying office closed during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak?
Yes, in line with Government advice, our office in Chilwell is closed due to the current coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Despite this enforced working from home regime, we will strive to operate a business as usual approach. Business and service disruption should be limited as our key functions continue to operate remotely, as far as possible, so that we can continue to provide our usual high level of support to our lender clients and consumers.
Are SDL Surveying still recruiting surveyors during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak?
Yes, we’re still hiring nationwide!
As a result of our business volumes and market share increasing, we’re on the lookout for surveyors in postcodes throughout the UK. If you’re interested in joining our fast-growing team, please don’t hesitate to get in touch today.
As of 13th May 2020, our surveyors have recommenced physical inspections with immediate effect with new safety procedures in place to protect both you and our surveyor from coronavirus (COVID-19).
All SDL surveyors will adopt a specific post-lockdown inspection procedure – already approved by our lender clients – and each has received their own Personal Protection Equipment (PPE).
As of 5th January 2021, and following the UK Government’s latest announcement to reimpose a national lockdown in England, we have concluded that these restrictions not prohibit our surveyors from conducting physical property inspections.
SDL Surveying will continue to carry out physical inspections following a thorough risk assessment and abiding by the extensive safety procedures outlined in the below video.
We will continue to keep abreast of guidance from both the Government and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), plus we will listen to feedback from both surveyors and consumers in order to amend and refine our procedures accordingly.
Our safety procedures are outlined for consumers in the short video below:
What will happen with the regular SDL Surveying regional CPD events?
We are currently working to provide a remote solution, we will keep you updated with further developments on this.
I am a new SDL network surveyor, who was due to attend an iPad and Valuation training course to enable me to carry out work for SDL Surveying, what will happen now?
You will be invited to attend a training course once SDL Surveying are permitted to carry out physical mortgage valuations and surveys once again. The Panel Management Team will stay in touch.
How will SDL Surveying support network firms who are considering furloughing employed surveyors?
We want to be as supportive as we can to our network firms who are considering furloughing their employed advisers. In line with the Government’s guidelines, the furloughed surveyors, whilst remaining in the employment of the network firms, are not able to provide any service to their employer or contribute to revenue generation. However, as they are employees in ‘professional’ roles, they are still able to complete CPD, and we strongly recommend that they do so, to ensure they can do physical inspections without any delay once we are permitted to do so.
Which Government support schemes are available to my business during the coronavirus (COVID-19) disruption?
The Government has launched a range of temporary measures to support businesses through the period of disruption caused by coronavirus (COVID-19). We’ve collated the schemes that are most applicable to our network firms below.
Please click the scheme headers to review the full information on each scheme.
Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
All UK employers with a PAYE scheme will be able to access support to continue paying part of their employees’ salary for those that would otherwise have been laid off during this crisis. HMRC will reimburse 80% of wages, up to a cap of £2,500 per month.
Self-Employed Income Support Scheme (SEISS)
The scheme will provide a grant to eligible self-employed individuals or partnerships, worth 80% of their profits up to a cap of £2,500 per month. The scheme will be open to those where the majority of their income comes from self-employment and who have profits of less than £50,000.
Small Business Grant Funding
Support for small businesses that already pay little or no business rates because of small business rate relief (SBRR), rural rate relief (RRR) and tapered relief. This will provide a one-off grant of £10,000 to eligible businesses to help meet their ongoing business costs.
The Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme
The Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme supports small and medium-sized businesses, with an annual turnover of up to £45m, to access loans, overdrafts, invoice finance and asset finance of up to £5 million for up to six years.
Support for Businesses Paying Tax
All businesses and self-employed people in financial distress, and with outstanding tax liabilities, may be eligible to receive support with their tax affairs through HMRC’s Time to Pay service. These arrangements are agreed on a case-by-case basis and are tailored to individual circumstances and liabilities.
Very professional, courteous and followed the Covid protocol that had been sent to… read more us prior to the appointment. Only reason for dropping a star was that the surveyor arrived 15 minutes later than the two hour window. Understand that these things happen but would have appreciated a call.
I had the displeasure of entertaining Countrywide surveyors at my property whilst… read more in the process of a sale. This was not by choice... They managed to down value my property from £478k to £400k.
Well, what a difference SDL were!
The gent that came round was Covid secure, polite, warm and talkative.
Whilst valuing this character property he asked all the right questions (Countrywide asked nothing and were in the property a max of 5 minutes), he did a thorough check of the house inside and out and surprise surprise concluded that the agreed sale price was accurate.
100% a professional reputable business and I will be certainly be using them again in the future!
Thank you SDL!
The surveyor arrived promptly, was very professional and polite! He had a very good… read more knowledge of the local area so was able to provide a good and accurate valuation of our property. Would recommend them
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