Guidance For Moving House During Lockdown
Normal life as we know it has had to be put on hold for the most part at the moment in order to help slow the spread of coronavirus and reduce pressure on the NHS at this difficult time – but for those of you who had been planning on moving house over the next few weeks and months, you may not be able to stop proceedings, so it’s important to know what your responsibilities are and what can and can’t be achieved right now.
The government has published some useful guidance that could help answer any questions you might have about moving house during a pandemic.
Currently, the advice is that it’s not necessary to pull out of transactions but it’s important to be adaptable and flexible in order to prioritise the health of the general public – which means following self-isolation and social distancing measures.
If the house you’re moving to is empty, then you can continue with the transaction as you had planned, while following official guidance. If the property in question is currently occupied, the government is urging all those involved to try and come up with alternative dates for the move, when stay-at-home measures are no longer in place.
For those of you planning on selling, you may find it harder to get your house onto the market than you would usually – and there should be no visitors allowed into your house for viewings. Speaking to estate agents on the phone for general advice may be wise, but they won’t be able to start marketing your house actively in the way they normally would.
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