IMPORTANT NOTICE: COVID-19
Posted On: 18 Mar 2020 by Greg Bateman

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An Important Business Announcement from Managing Director Greg Bateman

IMPORTANT NOTICE: COVID-19

UPDATED:  5th November

 

FURTHER TO THE PRIME MINISTER'S ANNOUNCEMENT ON 31st OCTOBER AND AS PER GOVERNMENTAL ADVICE: AS OF 5TH NOVEMBER BATEMANS' OFFICE & SALEROOM ARE STRICTLY CLOSED TO ANY MEMBER OF THE PUBLIC.

WE WILL STILL BE PERMITTED TO OFFER MOST AUCTION & VALUATION SERVICES AS WE WORK FROM HOME AND BEHIND CLOSED DOORS SO PLEASE CONTACT US VIA EMAIL AND TELEPHONE TO ASSIST YOU WITH BUYING, SELLING, AND CONDUCTING PROFESSIONAL VALUATIONS.

 

WE ARE PLEASED TO CONFIRM THAT OUR UPCOMING SALES ON 7th NOVEMBER & 20th NOVEMBER WILL BE PROCEEDING. THEY WILL BE HELD, AS PER RECENT AUCTIONS, BEHIND CLOSED DOORS AS LIVE ONLINE SALES ONLY. BIDDING WILL BE ONLINE ONLY OR VIA ABSENTEE AND TELEPHONE BIDS.

 

Following the Government's announcement on 31st October, Auction Houses have been instructed to close their doors to the public for a period of FOUR WEEKS due to the second Coronavirus Lockdown, however we are still able to offer almost all of our auction sales and valuation services. We understand that we are permitted to continue to operate but only behind closed doors, or from home if possible, following the normal social distancing guidelines and working practices we have adopted since June. We will also be permitted to carry out limited Client visits and collections under special circumstances and look forward to hearing from you if you do have anything that we can help to sell.

Here is some more detailed advice on the main areas of business:

 

Consignment for Sale:

In person / in office Valuations have been suspended for the time being, but we are still ready and able to carry out valuations via email - please Contact Us to find out how we can help, and read through our Selling page for plenty of relevant information.

We would be delighted to hear from you (remotely!), to see your treasures, and look forward to providing our Valuations and Sale services where appropriate.

 

Client Home Visits:

Will still be permitted to proceed by following strict guidelines and protocols for tradespeople and surveyors visiting homes under Lockdown. These can still be arranged by appointment - please Contact Us to find out how we can help, and read through our Selling page for plenty of relevant information.

Batemans' Valuers attending your home will maintain social distancing, use a face covering and gloves, and seek to minimise contact wherever possible to provide this service as safely as possible.

 

Probate, Inheritance Tax, and Insurance Professional Valuations: 

Will still be permitted to proceed by following strict guidelines and protocols for tradespeople and surveyors visiting homes under Lockdown. Please see our Valuations page for plenty of relevant information.

Batemans' Valuers attending a property will maintain social distancing, use a face covering and gloves, and seek to minimise contact wherever possible to provide these services as safely as possible.

 

Sale Days & Pre-Sale Viewing:

Auctions will remain as 'Live Online' as per our auctions since June, with our high quality online sale catalogues providing as usual multiple images of lots and informative descriptions. Condition reports, additional images and Valuer advice will all be provided on request to further assist potential bidders.
See our Calendar & Catalogue pages for upcoming auction sales.

Viewing prior to sale however is NOT CURRENTLY PERMITTED.

 

Post Sale & Collection of Lots:

From 5th November any purchased lots can still be collected via a contact-free 'Click-and Collect' system - please Contact Us to arrange a timed collection slot.

All invoices must be settled prior to arrival as there will be no facility to pay at our premises. All payments can securely and easily be made remotely following instructions on emailed invoices; via our online card payments system, or by our preferred method of bank transfer.

We will prepare your purchased items for a swift and easy contactless collection at a mutually convenient time. There will be no packaging available for common use so please ensure you bring any packing material you may need.

 

Finally from myself and all the Batemans Staff - we look forward to helping you soon!

 

Greg Bateman

Managing Director

Batemans Auctioneers & Valuers of Stamford