24/7 accompanied viewings?

The latest offering by hardworking online agents Hatched. Here’s founder Adam Day talking to Estate Agent Eye:

It’s very early days in the trial, so only a fraction of clients have added this service to their listing at this moment in time, but we expect uptake to increase over the coming weeks.

It’s going to be a keen vendor prepared to wake the family and hover, bleary-eyed in a corner while a caffeinated agent shows round a coke-fuelled City boy looking to spend their bonus on a rental. Worse, still… imagine the no-show. According to an agent, contributing in the comments, who already offers the service, actual viewing requests in the middle of the night are rare, but – unsurprisingly – requests to see properties before work (7-9) are more common.