Due to a rise of COVID-19 case numbers the government announced that the country will face a second lockdown from Thursday 5th November until Wednesday 2nd December. The aim is to control the spread of the virus with a temporary 4-week lockdown.
It is no secret that the first UK lockdown had a significant impact on the property market, with buying and selling throughout the nation stagnating. However, this time around, estate agents and removal firms can still operate if abiding by pandemic safety measures. This was confirmed by Housing Secretary, Robert Jenrick.
He took to Twitter, stating: “Housing market update ahead of Thursday’s measures: Renters & homeowners will be able to move; Removal firms and estate agents can operate; Construction sites can and should continue; Tradespeople will be able to enter homes.
“But all must follow the COVID safety guidance.”
Estate agents, removal firms, and those looking to buy or sell will breathe a sigh of relief knowing that it is business as usual – albeit via the ‘new normal’ protocol. Therefore, if you’re looking to move house during the second lockdown and beyond, the government has declared this can go ahead.
Estate agent COVID-19 safety measures
Whether a traditional estate agent or online estate agent, listing properties and viewings can go ahead. Every agent will have measures in place that strictly follow the government guidelines to keep customers and staff safe.
Doorsteps have a COVID plan in place and viewings are taking place virtually via Zoom, and in person. We are dedicated to keeping all participating parties safe during this time, but also want to keep those buying and selling properties completing in a seamless manner.
Our full guidelines for viewings can be seen via our COVID plan page. However, some of the recommendations and guidelines include:
- Cleaning the property before any viewing
- Have a route plan around the property
- Keep all doors open and wipe down any handles used
- Spray down bannisters when used
- Social distancing of 2 meters at all times
- Keep viewings as short as possible
- Wear gloves and a mask
Moving house during the pandemic
As outlined by Mr Jenrick, removal companies are in operation. This means you can move house as long as safety measures are followed and social distancing maintained. All removals companies have procedures in place for safeguarding of both staff and customers. If you are moving house you will be able to ask the removals company for all their information regarding safety during a move – this will often be on their website too. Some common measures include:
- Social distancing of 2 meters
- All crew to be in masks and gloves
- Ideally only one family member in the property
- Designated hand washing facilities for the removal team
- Paperwork to be completed electronically
View the government website for further guidance on moving house during the coronavirus.
The current lockdown is set to end on Wednesday 2nd December. It is currently unknown whether restrictions will be eased for estate agents or removals companies. At Doorsteps we are doing everything we can to keep our customers safe. Being an online estate agency we know how to operate a hassle-free and seamless property sale. Get a property valuation online with us or check out our houses for sale.