For many, plans for moving home this year came crashing down when the coronavirus pandemic lead to the country being put on lockdown. As moving home was not classed as essential travel we all said goodbye to our plans, waiting for some news when the travel restrictions would be lifted and we could actually move into our dream house.
Finally, we have some good news for those who were planning a home move this year. The government has stated that people who wish to move can do so. There have been some changes in the rules and regulations around moving home, in this blog we will be taking you through these new guidelines.
The New Guidelines on Moving Home
On the government’s website, all of the new guidelines can be found with in-depth explanations surrounding each. If you wish to find out more information please visit the advice on moving home page today.
For those who are deemed as vulnerable due to other health risks its crucial that you go above and beyond to ensure no contact during this time. understandably there is a need for moving home but you must balance this with the potential risks you face.
All parties involved with the home move should enable you to change to a future date, with the goal of reducing the risk and number of cases in your area. On the other hand, if your moving into an empty home there is a lot less risk as all travelling can be completed alone whilst avoiding contact with others.
To help you make the decision on if moving is the right option for you, please seek medical advice.
Tested Positve For Cornavuirus
For people who have coronavirus or are self-isolating with their family member should not leave their home. This includes when planning a home move. By attending a house viewing you will be putting others at risk. Please stay and home and only travel is absolutely essential.
Purchasing A New Home
If you are yet to have found the home you wish to move into, the process around finding a home has changed dramatically. All initial house viewing can be done virtually, and any physical house viewing should be limited to just members of your household. When visiting a home or having potential customers come to visit, all doors must be open and surfacing touching must be kept to a minimum.
Hiring A Removal Company
Once you have made your mind up on a home and have agreed on the price you are now free to move in. A removal company can assist you with the move but procedures will be changed to make the move operate in a safe and efficient manner.
It is advised that you do as much of the packing yourself, although you can speak to the removal team about methods of packing your fragile items. Whilst the removal team are in your home or new property social distancing guidelines must be followed and limited contact with the surfaces is also advised.
What Does This Mean for You?
You and your family members are able to move home whenever is a good time for you. Although many of the processes have changed and the actually buying and selling of a property is done online you can get assistance from an estate agent to get you through the challenges involved.
We would also recommend that you visit the government website for advice as this blog only gives you an overview of the new processes in place. Moving home is no small job so take the time to do all the relevant research to make sure the day of the move runs as smoothly as possible.