Laws on Moving House during Lockdown

The good news for the UK property market is that it is both possible and legal to move during the Covid 19 lockdown.

There are precautions you need to take to reduce the risk.

The process of buying or selling a home is going to have some modifications.

When possible, viewing potential homes should be done online. Virtual tours, videos, and pictures can help to determine if a home is right or not.

If you like what you see from those options, you can schedule a time to view the home in person.

For many potential buyers, what they see could result in several listed properties being marked off the list. Open houses are no longer available, it will be one on one visits to a home someone is interested in purchasing.

Individuals interested in viewing a home are asked to make sure they are as healthy as possible.

Frequent hand washing is an important part of that process. A mask should be worn by all parties to help prevent the spread of germs.

Anyone with symptoms of an illness or a fever shouldn’t go into the home to view it.

Those selling a home have a responsibility to keep it clean and sanitized to help reduce germs too.

The home visits should be limited to essential parties only. This includes the potential buyers and their agent.

Everyone should strive to stay at least 6 feet apart to help reduce the risk of the virus being transferred.

It is asked those viewing a home avoid touching surfaces as much as possible as they take the tour.

If an inspection or appraisal of a home is needed for financing, it can take time to get a professional to schedule it due to COVID-19.

Make sure the contract agreement gives ample time for this to be completed. Otherwise, a buyer may be locked into a contract without such inspections completed first.

It is going to take time to buy a home and get a closing date during the lockdown. Those interested in moving need to be patient and not expect anything to be done quickly.

The closing is going to be different too. It is going to be done with the fewest number of people involved at once. This may require different appointments for the necessary parties to complete those documents.

Find out more about government guidance on moving home here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/government-advice-on-home-moving-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak

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