On January 4th 2021, the UK government announced a new lockdown for England in an attempt to protect people from the new strain of coronavirus which is spreading rapidly across the UK. However, unlike the first lockdown in March last year, the property market remains open and house moves are allowed to continue. However, whilst you remain free to move home. but you may find the process of moving home during the pandemic is sightly different, as property professionals have modified how they work in order to reduce the risk from COVID-19.

Everyone involved in the moving process must follow social distancing to minimise the spread of COVID-19.

Moving home when you’re self-isolating

If you have symptoms of COVID-19, however mild, you should follow the latest guidance for households with possible or confirmed COVID-19 infection. If you are contractually committed to move home, you should seek to delay your move until all members of your household have come to the end of their self-isolation period. All parties involved in the buying and selling of your home should prioritise agreeing amicable arrangements to change completion dates where someone in a chain or their family member is self-isolating or has tested positive for coronavirus.

Moving home when you’re Clinically extremely vulnerable or shielding

If you identify as clinically extremely vulnerable, you are still able to move home. But you should consider your personal situation and the circumstances of your move before deciding whether to commit to or go ahead with a move. Some moves are likely to be lower risk – for instance if the home is empty, or you can avoid contact with others.

Where people decide to move they should pay particular attention to maintaining hygiene and social distancing measures to protect themselves and reduce the risk presented by the coronavirus and follow the general guidance for clinically extremely vulnerable people.

Moving home during the pandemic

Removal firms like ours are still able to work but our usual procedures may be different to ensure that each move takes place as safely as possible. If you’re moving home with us and have any questions or concerns, please contact us to find out more.

The government advises the following for anyone working with a removal service:

  • Where possible, you clean your belongings with standard domestic cleaning products before they are handled by others, including removal firms.
  • While the removers are in your home, you should ensure that all of your internal doors are open and try to minimise your contact with the removers, maintaining a distance of at least 2 metres where possible.
  • All parties should wash their hands regularly and/or use hand sanitiser and should avoid touching surfaces where possible to reduce the risk of transmitting COVID-19.
  • Ensure that the removers have access to hand washing facilities, using separate towels or paper towels if possible, which should be washed or safely disposed of afterwards.

Find out more about the governments rules and guidelines for moving home during the pandemic on the gov.uk website.

Are you planning a big move in 2021? Give us a call on 01308 423939 for a free no-obligation quote, or use one of our online tools for a quick quote – or a more in-depth guide. We can help with every aspect of your home move, from packing to hauling, shipping or storing. Get in touch to find out more.