On 31st October, the British PM announced that the UK would be entering a second lockdown, which is expected to be in place until early December.
The first national lockdown already disrupted the plans of many families who were in the process of selling their home and / or moving into a new property. The current lockdown requires non-essential businesses to shut down and asks that people from different households don’t mix.
How will these measures affect you if you’re planning to move while this second lockdown is in force?
First, some good news: Robert Jenrick (the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government) has said that real estate agents and removals companies are not among the non-essential businesses that must shut down. What that means is that we can continue to operate, but under Covid-safe measures.
Here’s a list of the main guidelines you are expected to follow if you’re planning to move soon:
- Viewings can be arranged, but ideally they should be done virtually via videocalls.
- Face coverings are required if you’re going to a viewing, have an appointment at the real estate agent’s office, or need to visit a removals company.
- Restrictions on the maximum amount of people allowed at indoor gatherings and support bubbles still apply. You can find more information here.
- Social distancing must be practised on viewings and moving days.
Also, you’re expected to pack your belongings as far as reasonably possible. At Twilley & Son we understand this can be overwhelming, so we want to take the opportunity to let you know we’re here for you. Get in touch if you need advice on how to pack efficiently or if you’d like to book you moving date during lockdown.