AN ESTATE agent which has gone virtual during the COVID-19 crisis has been using the technology to so far raise more than £1,000 for the NHS to say thank you to healthcare staff.
Nicol and Co, which has branches in Droitwich Spa and Worcester, has been carrying out valuations by live video for anyone thinking of selling their home and for every instruction signed the firm is donating £100 to the special NHS fund to help battle the pandemic.
Ten new instructions have been signed and four more contracts are awaiting signatures since the launch of the drive.
Matt Nicol, managing director of Nicol and Co, said: “This is a great way for us to keep doing the kind of personal business we always strive to provide whilst respecting the measures needed to beat COVID-19.
“We’re all so grateful to our NHS for what they’re doing, so it made sense for this activity to benefit the health service at the same time.
“Since pledging to donate £100 to the NHS for every instruction made by April 21, we’re been chuffed to bits that ten new instructions have been signed, plus there are hopefully more in the pipeline.”
It takes just 60 seconds to use Nicol and Co’s instant valuation service online and after that sellers can get the company’s expert opinion to know more via the full virtual valuation.
Mr Nicol added: “We’ve always been at the forefront of technology and were already using virtual tours in our operations, so carrying out valuations by live video is very much business as usual for us.”
He said while people were self-isolating there was a captive market with people sitting in their living rooms looking at things like ‘homes to buy’ online.
“Modern media communication means house moving plans can continue as normal as people prepare for when the pandemic is over.”
All money raised will be donated to the Worcestershire Acute Hospitals Charity’s special fund to help the NHS tackle coronavirus, where almost £80,000 has already been raised.
Visit justgiving.com/campaign/helpworcsacute for more and to add to the coffers.
For more on Nicol and Co’s remote valuations, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01905 799072.