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Moving during lockdown – buying, selling and renting in Plymouth

Moving

Updated February 23rd

People in Plymouth continue to be part of a nationwide lockdown in a bid to stop the spread of Covid-19.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced a new four-step plan to ease England’s lockdown which could see all legal limits on social contact lifted by June 21st, if strict conditions are met.

Under current Government guidelines, we are all still being asked to stay at home and work from home where we can, while all schools are expected to open again from March 8th.

Though so many businesses have been forced to shut as a result, the property market remains open.

As estate agents, here at Lang Town & Country we see this as a huge responsibility.

Below you will find answers to questions you may ask if you are thinking about moving during lockdown.

If there is anything else you would like to know, please do get in touch using the details at the bottom of this article.

Can I still move house in lockdown?

Yes, you can still move home.

Estate and letting agents and removals firms can continue to work. If you are looking to move, you can go to property viewings and have a valuation.

All parties must follow the national guidance on moving home safely, which includes social distancing, letting fresh air in, and wearing a face covering.

Find the Government’s latest advice about moving during lockdown here.

Can I visit other areas to move home during COVID?

Yes. The sales and rental markets remain open. All associated activities can continue as before.

You are allowed to stay overnight away from your home if you need accommodation while moving house.

Obviously, though, the Government is asking us to use our judgement and only move if absolutely necessary.

If you need to travel into a different area, that activity can continue if it cannot be delayed until a later date.

Can a friend or relative help me move?

Government advice is that people outside your household or support bubble should not help you with moving house unless absolutely necessary.

Can I view a property during the coronavirus pandemic?

Yes. But have a read through the rest of this article on how these should be conducted safely.

Check out properties on the market here.

Can I list my home for sale at the moment?

Yes. When it comes to appointing your estate agent, contact us using the details at the bottom of this article and we can talk you through our safe and assured plan.

Obviously, our aim will always be to ensure the safety of you, our clients, staff and the wider community, and we will keep these measures in effect until we are advised differently.

Our offices remain closed to the general public for viewings and non-essential appointments, but our dedicated team is on hand to answer any questions you may have regarding sales, lettings or new homes, or any other enquiries.

You can market your home, and Lang Town & Country can visit in order to value your property, offer moving advice and take photos/videos of your property.

Find out why our virtual tours are the best way to sell your home here.

What changes apply when moving home during coronavirus?

You can expect the following to apply as part of the “new normal” for moving home with us at the moment:

1. More is being done online

  • The process of searching for and moving into a new home is different because Lang Town & Country, conveyancers and other professionals have modified how they work to reduce the risk from COVID-19 and protect the NHS.
  • These changes include doing more online, such as offering virtual/video viewings. We will require you to view online before we can arrange an appointment if you will want to visit it in person. Most buyers do require a viewing in person prior to making an offer.

2. Viewings rules

With physical viewings, the Government advises that:

  • There should be no more than two households inside the property at any one time. This includes any agent accompanying either party. Anyone in a support bubble with either household, however, will count as part of that household.
  • Viewings in person need to be arranged by appointment only. When viewing in person, you should maintain a two-metre distance where possible and avoid touching surfaces.
  • Homeowners should keep internal doors open and clean surfaces and door handles with standard household cleaning products afterwards.
  • Homeowners should open as many windows as possible to ensure fresh-air flow.
  • Estate agents and potential buyers/tenants should wear face masks during viewings.
  • Viewings should only take place once you have viewed the property virtually.
  • The buyers should be in a proceedable position.
  • All parties should complete a Covid-19 Questionnaire.

3. Valuation rules

With physical valuations, the Government’s advice is similar to viewings:

  • There should be no more than two households inside the property at any one time. This includes the estate agent. Anyone in a support bubble with either household, however, will count as part of that household.
  • Valuations by appointment only to be carried out following completion of a Covid-19 Questionnaire.
  • Homeowners should keep internal doors open and clean surfaces and door handles with standard household cleaning products afterwards.
  • Homeowners should open as many windows as possible to ensure fresh-air flow.
  • Estate agents should wear face masks during viewings and use hand sanitiser prior to entering the property.
  • Initial valuations can take place virtually.
  • All discussions following the appointment should take place outside where possible.

Can a tradesperson or surveyor still come into my house?

Yes. Tradespeople and surveyors still can enter your home. They will need to follow social distancing guidance, wear a face mask, and sanitise their hands.

How do I get in touch?

We understand you may still have questions about your home move, and our team of experts are happy to help and answer any questions we can.

Please get in touch if you have concerns about your property move or want reassurance on how we can do this while keeping you, our staff and the NHS safe.

Plymouth Sales – 01752 256000 / Property@langtownandcountry.com

Plymstock Sales – 01752 456000 / Plymstockoffice@langtownandcountry.com

Waterside Office – 01752 200909 / Waterside@langtownandcountry.com

Lettings – 01752 201010 / enquiries@langtownandcountry.com

Land & New Homes – 01752 278499 / newhomes@langtownandcountry.com

Please note: Our offices are closed to the public while we work remotely.

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