A lockdown has been introduced in England until the mid-February half-term. We are all being asked to stay home, work from home where we can and all schools are closed with online learning for most.
Home movers are still able to continue and as estate agents here at Coast & Country we see this as a huge responsibility. We have many safety measures in place and will be ensuring they are followed for any activity. The government’s latest advice relating to the property market can be viewed HERE. We consider that these guidelines indicate the minimum safety measures that must apply.
Can I still move house in lockdown?
Yes, you can still move home.
But, people outside your household or support bubble should not help with moving house unless absolutely necessary.
Estate and letting agents and removals firms can continue to work. If you are looking to move, you can go to property viewings and have a valuation.
All parties must follow the national guidance on moving home safely, which includes social distancing, letting fresh air in, and wearing a face covering. We supply all our customers with guidelines and request they confirm compliance prior to meeting with them.
Can I visit other areas to move home during COVID now?
Yes. The sales and rental markets remain open. All associated activities can continue as before.
You are allowed to stay overnight away from your home if you need accommodation while moving house.
Obviously though, the government is asking us to use our judgement and only move if absolutely necessary.
If you need to travel into a different area, that activity can continue, if it can’t be delayed to a later date.
Can I view a property during the coronavirus pandemic?
Yes. The property market remains open. However we make every effort to ensure that that a property is likely to be right for you before conducting physical viewings and have protocols in place to make all viewings as safe as possible for everyone.
Can a friend/relative help me move?
Government advice is that people outside your household or support bubble should not help with moving house unless absolutely necessary.
Can I list my home for sale at the moment?
Yes. When it comes to appointing your estate agent, give us a call and we go through our safety first approach with you. We are using latest technology to ensure safe and effective marketing of your home and current market conditions remain strong.
You can market your home and a valuers from Coast & Country can visit in order to value your property, offer moving advice and take photos/videos of your property.
What changes apply when moving home during coronavirus?
You can expect the following to apply as part of the “new normal” for moving home with us at the moment:
1. More is being done online
2. Viewings rules
With physical viewings, the government advise that:
3. Valuation rules
With physical valuations, the government advice is similar to viewings:
Can a tradesperson/surveyor still come into my house?
Yes – tradespeople and surveyors still can enter your home. They will need to follow social distancing guidance, wear a face mask, and sanitise their hands.
We understand you may still have questions about your home move and have a team of experts happy to help and answer any questions we can, so please get in touch if you have concerns about your property move or want reassurance on how we can do this while keeping you, our staff and the NHS safe.