Moving House after Corona Virus
The current situation with regard to Moving house after Corona Virus is outlined by the UK Government advice below. Bear in mind that this is a constantly changing situation and the UK Government Site on Buying and selling houses during the stay at home period will provide you with updates as they develop.
Moving house after Corona Virus
Many services surrounding buying and selling a house are also impacted by the Corona Virus and therefore visits from Estate Agents, surveyors, buyers etc will all be impacted upon. The Advance Moves removals team have a unique online quotation service for your removal requirements. So at least you can easily obtain a quotation for moving house without any problems.
To obtain an instant online quotation for your removal just enter some basic details about your move and in 30 seconds you will have a quotation for your move emailed to you. You will also receive up to 5 more accurate quotes for your removal from reputable removal companies that can cover your removal requirements. So you can choose the one that suits you, saving you both time and money making Moving house after Corona Virus a little bit easier.
UK Government advice on Moving house after Corona Virus
There is no need to pull out of any transactions, but you will need to ensure you are following guidance to stay at home where possible and away from others at all times, including the specific measures for those who are presenting symptoms, self-isolating or shielding.
If the property being moved into is vacant, then you can continue with this transaction although you should follow the guidance below on home removals.
If the property is currently occupied, all parties should do all they can to amicably agree alternative dates to move, for a time when it is likely that stay-at-home measures against coronavirus (COVID-19) are no longer in place.
Critical home moves
In the new emergency enforcement powers that the police have been given to respond to corona virus, there is an exemption for critical home moves, in the event that a new date is unable to be agreed.
If you really have to Move house
- Home buyers and renters should, where possible, delay moving to a new house while measures are in place to fight coronavirus (COVID-19).
- If you have already exchanged contracts and the property is currently occupied then all parties should work together to agree a delay or another way to resolve the matter.
- If moving is unavoidable for contractual reasons and the parties are unable to reach an agreement to delay, people must follow advice on staying away from others to minimize the potential spread of the virus.
- In line with government’s advice, anyone with symptoms, self-isolating or shielding from the virus, should follow medical advice which will mean not moving house for the time being, if at all possible. All parties should prioritize agreeing amicable arrangements to change move dates for individuals in this group, or where someone in a chain is in this group.
If your home is not yet on the market
Getting your home onto the market may be more challenging than usual in this period. There should be no visitors to your home.
You can speak to estate agents over the phone and they will be able to give you general advice about the local property market and handle certain matters remotely but they will not be able to start actively marketing your home in the usual manner.
Viewings during corona Virus
If your property is already on the market, you can continue to advertise it as being for sale but you should not allow people in to view your property.
- There should not be any visitors into your home, and you should therefore not let people visit your property for viewings. Your agent may be able to conduct virtual viewings and you could speak to them about this possibility.
The buying and selling process can continue during this period but you should be aware that the process is likely to take longer than normal.
- You are free to continue to accept offers on your property, however the selling process may take longer.
- Advice for people to stay at home and away from others means you should not invite visitors into your home, including prospective buyers or advisors.
Once you have exchanged contracts, you have entered into a legal agreement to purchase that home.
- The property you are purchasing is unoccupied you can continue with the transaction.
- If the property you are purchasing is currently occupied, we recommend that all parties should work to either delay the exchange of contracts until after the period where stay-at-home measures to fight coronavirus (COVID-19) are in place, or include explicit contractual provisions to take account of the risks presented by the virus.
Moving house in Europe after Corona Virus
If you are moving house within Europe then you may want to check out the EU help page on moving to Europe and the Advance Moves pages that give information on moving to different countries in Europe, along with providing instant online removal quotes for moving to anywhere in Europe or even the World.