Moving Safely Tips After Lockdown

8th July 2020 posted in SELLERS BUYERS TENANTS

There is no denying many people have felt relief at the housing market in England re-opening. Professionals working in the industry are happy to return to work, but of course, there are some people and experts with concerns over it being safe to do so. At Country Properties Biggleswade, you can rest assured we are working hard to ensure you receive a high standard of service safely and efficiently.

Any household or family whose moves were postponed will be glad they can finally move home. There will also be people whose circumstances changed during the lockdown who will appreciate the chance to move home now.

Social distancing guidelines must still be followed when moving home

Of course, many lockdown restrictions remain in place, and these must be followed. Rules and regulations are being updated regularly, and it is essential people stay in touch with the latest news and guidance. Please follow us on social media to ensure you are fully updated and informed of any changes.

Kate Faulkner, chair of the Home Buying & Selling Group, said: “The reopening of the property market is incredibly important for those currently stuck in properties which are no longer suitable for them. However, both property professionals and consumers need to make sure they adhere to these new guidelines so everyone can move safely. The property sector has worked incredibly hard to ensure these guidelines allow buying, selling and renting a home to be done safely, which is of paramount importance. Consumers will need to be patient while the industry gears up to move them.”

Is the housing market operating normally now?

No. While it is good that people who want to move have the option of doing so, no one should consider the market to be back to normal. The housing market needs to adapt to the current situation, and there are many changes to the way people would normally move home.

You will find there is a greater reliance on online and digital communication. When meetings must be held in person, Government guidance must be followed closely.

Vendors are encouraged to:

  • Offer virtual viewings wherever possible
  • Ensure their property is cleaned to the highest possible standard
  • If physical viewings are taking place, vendors should vacate their premises for the duration of the viewing

There is a warning in place that the Government might place the property market on hold again if guidelines are not followed. Therefore, it is in everyone’s best interests to follow the rules.

Can you hire a removals company at this time?

A question many people are asking is whether it is safe to call on the services of a removals company. A guide produced by a range of industry bodies, including the British Association of Removers (BAR) states; “Packing by the remover is currently limited to china, glass and breakable items.”

The guide also contains the following guidance, which should be followed until an update is issued:

  • Adhere to the two-metre guidelines
  • Bring and use hand sanitiser when attending a property
  • Do not touch any surfaces
  • Leave windows open as much as possible to allow air to circulate
  • Wash your hands before entering a property

In line with Government guidelines, our Biggleswade branch has reopened and is again staffed with sales and lettings personnel.  If you have any queries or need advice on property sales and lettings then please call 01767 317799 or email biggleswade@country-properties.co.uk.