COVID-19 Property Market Update for the United Kingdom

Can I move house during the National Lockdown?

January 2021

Currently, the property market remains open across the UK. Here’s everything you need to know about the latest rules and changes...

New stricter measures have been introduced across England until at least mid-February, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced recently. The first thing to say is that moving and buying and selling a home has been deemed essential by the Government, but this is being reviewed on a regular basis. Current guidance states: “Estate and letting agents and removals firms can continue to work…If you are looking to move, you can go to property viewings.”

We've seen that many of you have shared your property concerns on social media and we will do our best to answer them in this blog post. We will continue to update our websites and keep you informed of the latest property market developments as they unfold.

Can I move home in lockdown?

The new lockdown in England won’t affect home moves, with the property market remaining open throughout. We have made some changes to adhere to new Government guidelines and to ensure that our customers can continue to move safely. It is vitally important that you follow the guidance to help everyone stay safe whilst moving.

Can I view properties in lockdown?

Yes. Virtual viewings are advised whenever possible to help limit the number of viewings you need to arrange. Prior to your appointment, we will provide you with details of how it will be conducted and what is required to help keep everyone safe.

Some of the measures we are taking include: 

  • Adherence to social distancing rules
  • Wearing PPE e.g. face coverings
  • Occupiers leaving the property during a viewing
  • Viewings should be limited to 15 minutes
  • No more than two households should be present, with the agent counting as one household
  • As few people as possible should be at the property
  • Letting fresh air into the home by keeping windows and doors open 
  • No refreshments

Can tradespeople work in my home during lockdown?

You can arrange for tradespeople and surveyors to visit your property prior to moving in, but only one person at a time can visit the property. We would recommend contacting removal companies as early as possible before moving home. If removal firms are not available, one other household can help you with your belongings if absolutely necessary.

Can I travel to other areas to move home during lockdown?

If necessary, yes. The sales and rental markets remain open and you are permitted to stay overnight away from your home if you need accommodation while moving house. The Government is asking us to use our judgement and only stay away from home if absolutely necessary.

Can I list my house for sale at the moment?

Yes. If you’re looking to sell or have a question about selling, give us a call. You can visit one of our branches by booking a socially-distanced appointment. Find out more about selling your property with our Premium Marketing Pack.

I’m a tenant, can I still move home?

Yes, tenants can still look for properties and move home. You can also bring in a professional cleaner if you need to before the end of your tenancy. All tenants must abide by the same guidance that applies to buyers during this period, such as doing online viewings first.

What’s happening to the housing market?

The housing market has been extremely busy since it first re-opened and this increased demand for property shows no sign of slowing down. According to Rightmove, Monday 4th January was the busiest day on the portal* since early September, with over six million website visits. This makes it the busiest ever start to a year.

*Rightmove January Property Insights 2021

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