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COVID-19 and your move: Understanding the latest Government advice

Yesterday, on 26 March, the Government released its advice on home moving during the COVID-19 outbreak. This has been met with mixed response, so we wanted to break it down for you and let you know what we, and you, can do to ensure that you can still buy or sell your property in the current climate.

If you are thinking about putting your property on the market;

  • You can absolutely continue to still do so!
  • We are able to provide a valuation remotely via Skype, FaceTime or other video calling application.
  • We will then work with you to create your property listing remotely. We will write a description based on the valuation. Work with you to help you take new images of your property and even a video. Source old images, floorplans and other material from a previous sale, if required.
  • You will be unable to have physical viewings, however with the content above, especially a video, we are able to provide buyers with an in-depth look at your property and generate the interest to either sell your property during this period or arrange viewings for once the stay-at-home measures are no longer in place.

If your property is currently on the market;

  • “You can continue to advertise it as being for sale”
  • Physical viewings are off the table for the time being but that doesn’t stop virtual viewings! If your property is currently listed for sale with us, we will have undoubtedly been in contact regarding our virtual property scanning and video viewings.
  • We will be working hard in the background to generate interest in your property and to find a buyer.

If you are currently searching for a new property;

  • You can continue to do so from the comfort of your own home
  • We are working closely with our property sellers to ensure that you have all of the information you need and an abundance of visual aids including virtual scans, videos, images and more.

If your move is scheduled whilst the stay-at-home measures are in place;

  • Your move could still continue
  • If the property you are moving into is vacant, then you can continue with your move. You should read the Government’s guidance in detail.
  • If the property is currently occupied, you are being encouraged to delay your move until the stay-at-home measures are no longer in place. We will work closely with you, and the rest of the chain, to establish the feasibility of this. If a resolution cannot be reached, the move can still go ahead but you should follow the guidance and self-distancing advice closely.

If your move is scheduled beyond current stay-at-home measures;

  • Your move can continue
  • If you have recently had an offer accepted and are just starting your property purchase journey, it is unlikely your move will be affected. A date for the move is unlikely to fall within the stay-at-home measures given the usual timescales associated with purchasing a property. We will work closely with you throughout this process, keep you informed on the latest government advice, and plan for any eventuality.

We recommend taking a minute to read the  full Government advice, which can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/government-advice-on-home-moving-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak