POTENTIAL housebuyers will be glad to know that Sime Darby Property Bhd has reopened its sales galleries and resumed operations at all projects sites.
The company said it would comply with the standard operating procedure at all its sales galleries and project sites in support of the National Recovery Plan to ensure the safety and health of its employees and visitors.
Sime Darby Property Group managing director Datuk Azmir Merican said the company was pleased to welcome visitors back to its sales galleries and provide prospective housebuyers with a more personalised purchase experience, as well as better insight into its products and sustainable township facilities.
“Our aim was always to overcome challenges for activities impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic, such as selling homes that traditionally would begin with individuals visiting sales galleries.
“Since last year, we have enhanced our online sales and marketing capabilities by developing in-house innovations such as our online booking system and virtual sales gallery.
“This led to the company providing prospective housebuyers with a rich online experience to continue viewing and purchasing houses during the pandemic period,” said Azmir.
At the sales galleries, prospective buyers will be assisted by fully vaccinated Sime Darby Property sales representatives donning personal protective equipment (PPE).
The sales galleries will be sanitised regularly, with common touchpoints cleaned immediately after each customer’s visit.
They will also undergo deep sanitisation weekly.
Those intending to visit the sales galleries are encouraged to schedule an appointment before their visit, as only a limited number of people are allowed in the galleries at any one time.
While construction in the property sector has been allowed to resume as of end July, it will take time for the Sime Darby Property’s project site operations to gain momentum as it will operate under strict SOP.
The company has obtained approval from International Trade and Industry Ministry to resume operations at all of its active project sites in the country, paving the way to meet the RM2.4bil sales target for this financial year.
“Beyond the closure of sales galleries during the lockdown period, our project sites were also faced with operational challenges.”
He said Sime Darby Property was not alone in facing those challenges as the ongoing pandemic had disrupted many industries across the globe, including the property sector.
“Although the construction sector has reopened, it will operate under strict SOP and take time for operations to get back in full swing.
“However, we anticipate several new projects to be completed by the end of the year, which will see us launch new residential and industrial products,” Azmir added.
For the first half of the current financial year, Sime Darby Property posted RM1.3bil sales, marking an 83.9% increase from the RM712.5mil achieved in the same period last year.