Moving home during lockdown: advice from Tamworth’s top estate agents

On January 4th, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a nationwide lockdown, put in place to combat the negative effects of the coronavirus pandemic. Fortunately, unlike the first lockdown back in March 2020, this time the housing market in England will remain open. This means that if you are looking to move home, you can continue with both planned moves and the viewing of properties.

As Tamworth’s top estate agents, Taylor Cole and our expert team remain open as usual to ensure that moving home and related activities can happen safely. Whether you are buying,selling or letting a new property, we can help.

The process of moving property is a little bit different to normal, with estate agents across England changing their processes to reduce the risk of coronavirus transmission. For example, we are currently not allowing visitors to our offices. If you must visit us in person to pick up keys or for any other reason, only one person will be permitted into the office and you must wear a suitable face covering as per government guidance.

During this time we encourage all parties to be as flexible as possible. If you are interested in moving home during the next few weeks, we have compiled some key advice on what to expect:

What to expect when buying or renting a property

If you are buying or renting a property, it is likely that we will arrange an in-person viewing. It is important to remember that:

  • All property images are available on the website
  • Viewings will be taken by appointment only
  • You should avoid touching surfaces wherever possible
  • You should wash your hands whenever possible and use hand sanitiser frequently
  • You must keep your distance as much as possible from other people who are not members of your household
  • You should wear a face covering when in close contact with others

After viewing, you are welcome to make an offer or reserve the property as normal. After this has been agreed, you may want to revisit the property to measure up. When doing so, it is important to maintain social distancing.

You may also want to arrange for a tradesperson to carry out inspections on the property. Where doing so, this should be scheduled with one person visiting the property at a time.

What to expect when selling or renting out a property

If you are selling or renting out your property, you should:

  • Open all doors and ensure surfaces, such as door handles, are cleaned after each viewing
  • Vacate your property during viewings to minimise unnecessary contact

When putting your house on the market, if you or any member of your household are showing symptoms or self-isolating, you must make us aware so that we can arrange viewings for when it is safe to do so.

After viewings have taken place, you are free to accept an offer as normal.

If your property is being surveyed, you should ensure the surveyor has access to all necessary parts of the property and you should minimise contact by staying in another room.

What to expect from the housing market

The Prime Minister has already stated that the government may have to do more if the current lockdown rules do not appear to stem the current spike in coronavirus cases. Labour leader Keir Starmer has already called for property viewings to be stopped during the current lockdown.

We will continue to monitor the situation closely and will keep our clients updated as to our processes and procedures should anything need to change. 

To read the Government’s advice in full, visit their official website.

If Taylor Cole Estate Agents can support you in any way, or if you have any questions, please contact us by calling 01827 311412.

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