Under the current lockdown rules, moving home can still happen; you can get in touch with letting agents, view homes in person and get your property valued, as long as you stick to the government’s latest advice.
The government states that the three most important rules are still:
Wash your hands – with soap, regularly, for at least 20 seconds.
Cover your face – especially when in an enclosed space with people you do not live with, and where social distancing is difficult.
Maintain social distancing – stay two meters apart as much as possible.
It is very important to remember that if you or anyone in your household is experiencing flu symptoms or have tested positive for coronavirus, you must put your moving plans on hold until you have recovered. You should not view any property in person until your period of self-isolation is over.
When it comes to viewings, if they have an option, letting agents should allow you to do a virtual viewing first which reduces the total number of physical viewings, helping to minimise any risk to health.
Doing virtual viewings will also save you time, because you’ll have a better idea of whether a house is suitable for you and therefore worth going to see in person or not.
Viewing a property in person should be done by appointment only. When you attend, you should ensure that you wear a face mask, avoid touching surfaces, and wash your hands or use hand-sanitiser before and after the viewing.
There should not be more than two households within the property at any one time, therefore, open-house style viewings should not be happening at the moment.
If your property is to let and you are having interested tenants come to look around, open all the inside doors before they arrive to remove the need for anyone to touch the door handles. It is also a good idea to have some hand sanitiser available for them to use.
It is highly recommended to reduce the number of people inside the property during the viewing. You should also disinfect all surfaces after the viewing has taken place.
Removal firms are still able to carry out work, so long as all the necessary procedures that ensure the safety of everyone involved are in place.
If possible, you should try to do most of the packing yourself, and if you can, spray or wipe-down your belongings with disinfectant before they are handled by anyone else.
When any removal teams are present you should do your best to maintain your distance from one another, wear a mask and wash your hands regularly.
Here at MOVR, we’re following best practice at all property viewings to keep our tenants and landlords safe. If you would like help finding your next home to rent, get in touch with us today!