Covid-19 – am I allowed to move home? Q&A
19 May 2020 by Claire Martin
Are you thinking about moving home? Have your plans been put on hold by the recent Covid-19 restrictions? If so, the government has recently announced that the English housing market can now restart. You may, therefore, be asking yourself the following:
Q: Can I market my property?
A: Yes. Estate Agents are now able to open their offices and attend your property to take photos/videos. We can assist with the preparation of the necessary legal documentation in readiness whilst you wait to find a Buyer.
Q: How do I view a property that I might want to buy?
A: Initial viewings should be online only where possible. A physical viewing should only take place if you believe you may want to buy the property and only with members of your own household.
Q: What precautions should I take?
A: Do not touch any surfaces and bring your own hand sanitiser. If selling, you should vacate and open all internal doors. Thoroughly clean all surfaces including door handles after each viewing.
Q: Can I get a survey?
A: Yes, physical surveys are now permitted but the Seller should distance themselves.
Q: What happens if a party falls ill with Covid-19 during my transaction?
A: Moves could be delayed if a party falls ill or needs to self-isolate but parties are encouraged to be as flexible as possible. There is also a possibility that the government could again pause all house moves.
Q: Can I book removals?
A: Yes although you should try and do as much packing as you can yourself, clean your belongings before they are handled on moving day and leave all internal doors open. Observe social distancing at all times and do not provide refreshments.
Moving house is said to be one of life’s most stressful events and the current situation with the COVID-19 pandemic could potentially make it even more so. Our expert team of property lawyers are here to assist and can provide you with the support and guidance you need at every stage of your conveyancing transaction, call 01206 700113 or email [email protected].