How To Move Home Safely Right Now

25th June 2020

How To Move Home Safely Right Now

It is not an exaggeration to suggest many people will have felt mightily relieved at the re-opening of the housing market. Anyone whose move was put on hold will be keen to conclude their move, if they have not already done so.

It should also be remembered many people’s circumstances have likely changed in recent weeks. Anyone who needs to move home now or soon will be glad to have the opportunity to do so.

While it is pleasing to know the market is open for those who need it, caution must be applied. Safety guidelines must be adhered to at all times. The Government has warned they might pause the market again if they feel this is necessary.

Kate Faulkner, chair of the Home Buying & Selling Group, said: “The reopening of the property market is incredibly important for those currently stuck in properties which are no longer suitable for them. However, both property professionals and consumers need to make sure they adhere to these new guidelines so everyone can move safely. The property sector has worked incredibly hard to ensure these guidelines allow buying, selling and renting a home to be done safely, which is of paramount importance. Consumers will need to be patient while the industry gears up to move them.”

Is the housing market operating normally now?

Even though the market is operating, it shouldn’t be seen as operating normally. All parties involved in a move must adapt to the present circumstances.

Vendors are encouraged to:

·         Offer virtual viewings wherever possible

·         Ensure their property is cleaned to the highest possible standard

·         If physical viewings are taking place, vendors should vacate their premises for the duration of the viewing

Jacqui Harley, Head of residential conveyancing at JMP Solicitors, said: “Many have been waiting to move since the end of March when the government told homebuyers and sellers to delay completion until lockdown ends, so following the latest government advice, estate agents will soon be able to reopen offices, viewings are now permitted and removal companies can restart.”

Are removal companies operating at the moment?

It is likely many people moving home will be reluctant to call on friends and family members to assist them move home. This turns attention to professional movers, but are they allowed to operate in the current circumstances.

A guide has been created by a range of housing sector bodies, including the British Association of Removers (BAR). The guide says; “Packing by the remover is currently limited to china, glass and breakable items.”

The following rules should be followed until a change in guidance has been published:

·         Adhere to the two-metre guidelines

·         Bring and use hand sanitiser when attending a property

·         Do not touch any surfaces

·         Leave windows open as much as possible to allow air to circulate

·         Wash your hands before entering a property

We know a lot of people are looking for guidance and assistance right now. If we can be of any assistance, we will. Therefore, if you have any housing market questions, please contact Merrys today, and we will be happy to help.