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Estate agents ‘may have to wear Hazmat suits at high risk properties’

Reevo 360 makes prediction as it issues its staff with Hazmat suits to wear if requested to wear high-level PPE equipment at addresses, but is to charge extra for the service.

Nigel Lewis

Virtual tours firm Reevo 360 is to issue its staff with hazardous materials or Hazmat suits to wear when visiting high risk properties to record tours, photography, CGIS and floorplans once the lockdown is eased.

But as well as giving the suits to its staff, the Essex-based company has warned that this kind of extreme protection could become the ‘new normal’ for estate agents and developers visiting properties where vendors are particularly worried about their health.

It could also be a condition of any future lockdown relaxation rules for agents, developers, vendors and buyers who are seen as at risk from Coronavirus.

The “World War III style” state-of-the-art Hazmat Suits consist of an impermeable whole-body garment, complete with special face breathing-mask and eye shield goggles.

The Hazmat suits provide respiratory protection, and protection against chemicals, biological agents or other harmful materials.

Details of plans leaked from within the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government last week revealed that ministers are likely to require agents to wear at least rubber gloves and masks when conducting viewings, but has not clarified yet whether agents may have to go as far as Hazmat suits.

Reevo 360 says it sourced the PPE equipment before the Coronavirus crisis to be used when visiting properties that were contaminated with chemicals.

Reevo 360 charges from £95 per ‘virtual viewing’, sold in bundles; although thee Hazmat suit-equipped tours will be charged for separately and at a price premium.  This is because, the company claims, working in Hazmat suits is ‘very strenuous’ and requires a team for pre and post visit suit changes and decontamination.

Its clients include Galliard Homes, Beauchamp Estates, Weston Homes and Romans.

May 11, 2020

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