Lockdown 2021 what you should know about moving house
In line with the new lockdown restrictions, we will be continuing to offer viewings and valuations to all of those in a strong position to buy or sell. Your safety is our top priority and for all appointments, we will ensure social distancing is adhered too and PPE is worn by all parties. Any specific requirements we will try our best to accommodate.
The housing market in the UK will remain open during this third national lockdown (January 2021). What does this mean for you? If you’re in a strong position to move home you will be able to both continue with planned moves and view new properties to move into in the future.
Once you’ve found your new home, you will require a survey as usual. There are no restrictions on the types of survey that can be carried out, and the government has advised that you speak with your surveyor to find out the most appropriate option for your new house.
If you’re selling, you will need to give full access to the parts of your home for the surveyor’s inspection. You should where possible minimise contact by staying in another room or outside. When it comes to moving day, you are still allowed to hire a removals company. However, there’s no guarantee of availability so you should try and book one as early as possible. If you can’t get a removal firm, the government has said:
“Another household can help, but that social distancing should be followed where possible.”
You’re allowed to book into a hotel to help you move home, but lots are closed so you should check well in advance.
One of the simplest steps to stay safe you can take when moving home is to wash your hands frequently and keep as much distance as possible from other people who are not members of your household. Ensure you follow the latest guidance on practical steps to reduce transmission and maintain a 2 metre distance apart where possible. It may also be a good idea to take extra precautions when in close contact with others, such as wearing a face covering. The government encourages all parties involved to be as flexible as possible and to be prepared to delay moves, for example, if one of those involved becomes ill with COVID-19 during the moving process or has to self-isolate. It may become necessary to pause all home moves locally or nationally for a short period of time to manage the spread of coronavirus. We will let you know if this needs to happen.