A COUNTY estate agent is donating £100 to the NHS for every new instruction signed up in the next month to thank the health service for how it is tackling COVID-19.

Nicol & Co, which has branches in Droitwich and Worcester, already uses virtual tours and video in its operations and even has its own studio. Now the company is offering to carry out valuations by live video for anyone thinking of selling their home.

Whatever number of valuations result in instructions in the next few weeks, Nicol & Co will multiply by £100 and send the cash direct to Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust.

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Matt Nicol, managing director of Nicol & Co, said, “I’m sure we are all very grateful to our NHS for all that they are doing in their huge battle against COVID-19.

“While we’re all self-isolating at home, modern media communication means that business as usual can continue as we prepare for when the pandemic is over.

“People wanting to sell their homes should know that there’s a captive market out there sitting in their own living rooms looking for things to do.

“And many of them who were already thinking of moving are still contacting estate agents to find them suitable properties to consider for later this summer.

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“With that in mind, Nicol & Co is carrying out live video valuations for anyone thinking of selling in the coming weeks, and we pledge to donate £100 to the NHS for every instruction signed up by 21 April.”

Mr Nicol added: “This is a great way for us to keep doing the kind of personal business we always strive to provide while respecting the measures needed to beat Covid-19.

“If anyone’s thinking of selling their property, we’d urge them not to put it off. Now is as good a time as any to know the worth of your property and the best time to get ahead of the curve.”

Nicol & Co is taking a "business as usual" approach, continuing to offer services in spite of staff having to work from home.

The company requested its staff to work from home more than a week ago but to continue holding team meetings in the usual time slots by utilising live Zoom online video software and answering calls to the office via mobile apps.