Lockdown has brought many things to a temporary halt, including moving house. But some people – landlords and tenants alike – are still doing what they can to rent properties in these unusual circumstances, while sticking to government guidelines and helping everybody to stay safe. If you’re thinking about moving house during lockdown, here’s the latest advice about what to do.
1. Don’t move house
The leading piece of advice about moving during lockdown is – don’t do it. Moving house is incompatible with the government’s call for everybody to stay at home as much as possible. This is especially true if you or anyone in your household is experiencing symptoms, in which case you should be self-isolating and should not go outdoors at all. Unfortunately, however careful you are, spending time outside and interacting with others in person poses a risk to your safety and the safety of others, and can spread the disease further. So, if you can possibly avoid moving house during lockdown, you should.
2. Practice social distancing
If the property you are planning to move into is currently vacant and you absolutely cannot delay your move, you may still be able do it, but you must adhere to social distancing guidelines. This means staying 2 metres away from people not in your household, washing your hands or using hand sanitiser, and not allowing anyone who has symptoms to take part. You will only be able to get help from the people already in your household, although the government has said that removers “should honour their existing commitments where it is clear that the move can be done safely for the client and your own staff and it is clear that the moving date cannot be moved.” If you do use removers, you should talk to them beforehand about how to minimise contact and make your move as safe as possible.
3. Try virtual viewings
If you were house hunting when lockdown started, you may be able to continue to look for a property to move into once lockdown is lifted. Many property websites are now offering virtual viewings – video tours of a property, sometimes with an agent talking you through the video, as they would at an in-person viewing. According to popular property website Zoopla, there has been a 215% increase in virtual viewings on their website, and this may become part of the ‘new normal’ for renting and selling properties. Of course, if you do continue to house hunt during this time, you should be aware that the process may take significantly longer and you probably will not be able to move in until lockdown is over.
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