Moving Home During The Covid-19 Crisis

Posted on: 9 June 2020

The Government has now lifted many of the lock-down restrictions on movers and estate agents, and as long as we all continue to adhere to the strict guidelines regarding viewings, surveys, solicitors and moving day, it is now okay to start or continue with moving home.

At Copehill, we take your health and safety seriously and will be following all Government guidelines.

IMPORTANT: Please note: If you or someone in your household are self-isolating or have been displaying symptoms of COVID-19 and are in the process or due to commence a move, please inform our office straight away. You should not arrange any visits or viewings, however, you can start the process digitally, but must delay any in-person interactions.

Property Viewings

When making such a big purchase like a property, you’re going to want to visit in person.

To make sure the property is what you are looking for, it is encouraged to use virtual viewing technology where possible first, and then only if you are genuinely interested in moving to the next stage should you book a physical viewing.

Viewing Guidelines

- No more than 2 people can visit a property at a time

- The owners will not be in the home (where possible)

- All cupboards and doors will be left open to ensure you do not need to touch anything

- You will need to wear protective clothing inside the property (gloves, masks, shoe coverings)

- Viewings will likely be limited to 15 minutes

- Our team will carry antibacterial wipes/sprays with them to clean surfaces in case anyone does touch anything

- Open house viewings with multiple people are not permitted

- Agents will not drive clients to viewings

Selling your home

You can still put your property on the market, and we encourage you to use our virtual valuation tool to start the process and provide us with as much information about your property as possible.

We will be able to visit your property to take photographs/videos and take accurate measurements for floorplans

To do this safely, we will:

- Wear gloves, a mask and other protective clothing

- Ask you to either leave the property or stay in a different room to the one we are currently using.

- Wipe down any surfaces we touch with anti-bacterial wipes.

- Limit time spent at the property

Conveyancing Solicitors

The majority of conveyancing solicitors are still working remotely and are available to receive your sale or purchase instructions.

The Land Registry have warned there may be some delays with searches, however, much of the conveyancing process can be done online.

You will only need to present when it comes to signing documents where you’ll need a witness. When this is necessary, ensure you keep to social distancing guidelines and wear protective clothing.

Surveys

Surveyors are permitted to visit properties to carry out surveys and valuations.

They will be required to follow the same guidelines as estate agents when visiting your property.

Discuss with your surveyor what they’ll need access prior to their visit so you can limit them touching anything in the property and reduce the time they need to be there.

Removals Firms

If you are unable to move the contents of your home yourself, you will need to hire a removal firm.

Although removals firms won’t be able to remain socially distant from each other whilst transferring your items from one property to another, there are several steps you can take to minimise the risk:

- Do your packing yourself, which will limit the number of things your removal team have to touch, and the time spent in your property.

- Be very clear in advance about what items you have, and if any require disassembly and reassembly.

- Being fully packed and prepared, will limit time in the property and help the removals team be more efficient.

- Stay out of the way of the removals team when they start work, keeping socially distant from them.

- If you have any children or pets, make sure they are out of the way too.

- The team members will be wearing protective gear, including masks, gloves and other safety coverings.

Helpful Tips

If at all possible, you may wish to organise a staggered move into your new property, rather than moving in on the same day the previous owners are moving out. You may also want to arrange for a cleaning company to thoroughly clean the property before your arrival.

If you are unwell or believe yourself to have symptoms of coronavirus, it is incredibly important that no matter where you are in moving process, you self-isolate and postpone/pause your move until you have recovered fully and both you and members of your household have adhered to Government self-isolation guidelines.

Please feel free to call us for a chat about how moving during the current situation effects your individual move or for further information and guidance on how to move safely.

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