Moving home? Here’s the government’s advice for movers regarding COVID-19.
As the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues and social distancing guidelines remain, the nation is continuing to adapt to life under lockdown.
Of course, it’s vital that we all do what we can to limit our contact with others and avoid unnecessary strain on our healthcare services, but if before COVID-19 you were in the process of buying or selling a property, you may be wondering where you stand.
The restrictions have had an unprecedented impact on all aspects of our day-to-day lives, leaving many movers worried about their house moves and how government advice will impact their transactions.
The good news is, the government has stated that there is absolutely no need to take your property off the market or pull out of a transaction. Instead, they have given the following advice:
“Given the situation in the UK with regard to the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19), we urge parties involved in home moving to adapt and be flexible to alter their usual processes. There is no need to pull out of transactions, but we all need to ensure we are following guidance to stay at home and away from others at all times, including the specific measures for those who are presenting symptoms, self-isolating or shielding. Prioritising the health of individuals and the public must be the priority.
“Where the property being moved into is vacant, then you can continue with this transaction although you should follow the guidance on home removals.
“Where the property is currently occupied, we encourage all parties to do all they can to amicably agree alternative dates to move, for a time when it is likely that stay-at-home measures against coronavirus (COVID-19) will no longer be in place.”
So, with this in mind, all home buyers and renters should delay moving to a new house while measures are in place to fight the virus.
Of course, like anything, there will be exceptional circumstances where this is simply not possible. For example, if you’ve already exchanged contracts and the property is currently occupied but you cannot agree an acceptable plan for moving forward, then you can go ahead with your move, providing you follow social distancing guidelines.
Business as usual
During these challenging times, you are still free to accept offers on a property, book virtual viewings and, if the property you are purchasing remains unoccupied, you can still exchange contracts. And estate agents like Gordon & Co are continuing to work tirelessly to deliver the same high standard of service.
Why choose Gordon & Co?
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And, although the team is currently working from home, we are continuing to deliver the highest standard of service to all of our customers, with our usual entrepreneurial spirit, motivation and impeccable level of service and care. If you need us, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.