Two bank holidays turn Easter into a long weekend and next weekend gives most people another four days off.
We’d be intrigued to know how agents are planning to cope with the great shut-down.
Altogether, starting from the end of tomorrow, we face an 11-day stretch which for most people will include just three working days. Plenty of time for house-hunting, you might think.
On the other hand, anecdotal evidence is that most people are taking the opportunity to go on holiday and, even if not, are putting their home-moving plans on hold.
So, are you staying open or shutting up shop this long weekend and next? Running a skeleton staff and cutting back on hours? Or are you hoping to be busier than ever, with the weather looking set to stay fair?
We have few pointers other than that Moneypenny, who provide telephone answering services for agents, tell us that they have had a sudden surge in requests for phone coverage.
A spokeswoman said: “More than 90% of our property clients (over 500) have been in touch to confirm their Easter opening hours, with the findings being that the bigger chains and branches tend to be closing for the bank holidays.
“However, all are looking to keep telephone lines open and the facility for messages to be taken and followed up on their return.
“The smaller, independent chains seem to be staying open on bank holidays and expecting high volumes of enquiries if the good weather holds.
“Overall feedback is that they are all really keen to have phones manned to give them ‘normal’ office hours (even if they are closed!) and to take advantage of the longer weekends when people will have more time to look and see what is available on the market.”
Meanwhile, EAT wishes all readers a happy and hopefully busy Easter. We will be back next Wednesday, unless of course there is a major breaking news story to bring you.