Moving house during Lockdown 3?

Despite the latest lockdown restrictions, you can still buy or sell your home. Charlotte Ernest from B P Collins, advises on what’s permitted, from viewing a property through to moving day.

Even though we are in the midst of a third national lockdown, if you’d like to buy a house or looking to sell your home, you can still contact estate and letting agents and removals firms as they are allowed to continue working and entering properties.

However, some things have changed since the pandemic began. More activity has moved online, such as virtual viewings; and a property should be thoroughly cleaned before someone else moves in.

You can still go to property viewings by appointment only, but ‘open house’ viewings should not take place at the moment. Always ensure that social distancing is maintained, fresh air is let in, and wear a face covering.  It is also recommended that the owner of the house should vacate the property while you are viewing it and should clean after every viewing.

Tradespeople and surveyors can still enter homes, taking the necessary precautions, and your solicitor will still be able to carry out searches of your property. It is advisable to contact them to discuss timescales for this work.

If you are about to enter into a legally binding contract, you should also discuss the potential implications of COVID-19 with your solicitor and consider making contractual provisions to manage these risks.

All parties involved are encouraged to be as flexible as possible and to be prepared for a delay in moving as someone may contract COVID-19 during the process or have to self-isolate.

People outside your household or support bubble should not help with moving house unless absolutely necessary. 

The information in this article is correct at the time of going to print. However, it may become essential to suspend all home moves locally or nationally for a period of time to curtail the spread of coronavirus. For the latest advice please visit www.bpcollins.co.uk.

For further information on moving during lockdown, contact our property team on 01753 889995 or email enquiries@bpcollins.co.uk.


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