The construction of houses continues, but the corona crisis causes delays here and thereMarch 26th 2020
Developers, builders, brokers, financial advisers and notaries are making every effort to continue to provide services to buyers of new-build homes during the corona crisis. Construction is continuing, although delays do occur here and there. This is evident from an inventory of the new construction platform Bewust Nieuwbouw . All parties are taking measures to prevent the further spread of the coronavirus. Everyone is alert, says developer AM. “It may be a bit slower, but construction continues.”
Preventive measures on the construction site
As many businesses as possible handle online or by telephone, Bewust Nieuwbouw writes. Employees work from home as much as possible. And on the construction sites, preventive measures have been taken to keep personnel working as safely as possible. Think of individual transport instead of vans, extra construction chain so that fewer people are present in the same space during breaks and they can keep the required distance from each other, and work in multiple shifts. VORM Development states that the occupancy on construction sites with several contractors and work planners is kept as minimal as possible. Construction will therefore continue, but with due observance of the RIVM guidelines. “The health of our employees is at the top,” writes VORM on its website. The company says it is doing everything it can to keep working, but cannot make any promises regarding construction planning during this uncertain period.
Creative solutions, such as 360 degree video tour
Viewing days at construction sites, regular openings of model homes and other events, such as construction starts with many people, have been canceled everywhere in the Netherlands, according to Bewust Nieuwbouw. Information centers are closed until further notice. And if there is already a model home anywhere, interested parties can only go there by appointment and on their own. There is no guidance or only at the distance of 1.5 meters required by RIVM. And many conversations, for example with sales brokers, financial advisers or the notary, take place via, for example, Skype or FaceTime. Even more creativity: real estate agent Edwin Brockhoff of the real estate agency of the same name in Amstelveen screwed a 360-degree camera onto his car and drove through De Krijgsman Muiden, a large new-build development near Amsterdam. “A lot is being built and we want to show this to the consumer,” Brockhoff told Bewust Nieuwbouw. “They can now take a look at the projects from the comfort of their home.”
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Interest in new-build homes remains
Broker Brockhoff receives a lot of questions from consumers who have bought a house and feel unsure about the situation that has arisen. These are exciting times, he agrees. Despite this crisis, he expects interest in new construction to remain high. “There are long waiting lists of people who want to buy a good new home. And we know from experience from previous crises that some consumers postponed the decision to buy a house, but that the demand quickly rebounded.”
Read article 'Construction continues, but slower here and there' on Bewust Nieuwbouw, with even more information about the corona measures of various parties.