Moves follow government decision to relax restrictions on house sales earlier this week

More housebuilders have said they will reopen their sales offices, following the leads of Taylor Wimpey and Persimmon.

The pair said they are reopening offices following the government decision on Tuesday to relax restrictions preventing most house sales.

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Estate agents have been allowed to reopen under government plans to kickstart the housing market

Taylor Wimpey will allow customers to visit sales offices and show homes from next Friday while Persimmon said its sales offices will reopen today (Friday).

Now listed northern builder MJ Gleeson, Essex-based regional housebuilder Weston Homes and resi developers Aitch Group and Avanton all said they are reopening sales functions.

Gleeson said in a City update yesterday (Thursday) that it will open 19 sales offices covering all its 67 sites within two weeks, with visits by appointment only. It said work had already restarted on around half of its sites, with all sites due to open by the end of June.

It added that it will start to bring the 456 staff that it furloughed back to work, with an expectation that all staff will return from furlough before the end of July.

Weston said it was reopening show homes and marketing suites across London and the South-East, with social distancing measures in place, and visits by appointment only. Earlier this week, Weston said it had started to reopen its sites.

Aitch Group, behind a series of developments including the Eagle Wharf Road scheme in east London, also said it will reopen sales offices, while developer Avanton has reopened the marketing suite for its 130-home Coda scheme in Battersea designed by Patel Taylor.