Despite the early predictions, the housing market has performed well throughout the pandemic. The various schemes that were put in place to ease any difficulties caused by lockdowns such as the stamp duty holiday led to a boom in the market as buyers sought to take advantage of the potential savings. Now that we’ve lived through nearly two years of this pandemic, what better time to review the best ways to stay safe while moving.
Visitors, viewings and valuations
With one of the first steps of moving house being the valuation process, many may believe that falling at the first hurdle had been a common event as people entering others’ homes for any reason has been a rarity in recent times – however it is possible to do this safely. The usual advice of not shaking hands and remaining socially distant is almost second nature to most by now, but there are additional ways to make a valuation visit safer. Disinfecting commonly touched surfaces is a great way to reduce any risk of transmission. As well as this, opening doors and windows while having all conversations in well ventilated areas can help reduce any risk of spreading the virus significantly. Many of the other formalities that go hand in hand with moving can be completed largely on a remote basis. Viewings are still possible either through taking similar precautions mentioned earlier or by the vast progression in the technology behind virtual viewings.
New boxes please There are measures that you can take to make the move itself safer. Doing as much of the packing as you can yourself is a sure-fire way to limit the risk on infection, along with ensuring you use new boxes – especially if anyone in your household is vulnerable. Using previously unused boxes will vastly reduce the risk of them being contaminated and perhaps it’s worth coordinating with your removal company, if you choose to use one, how to best organise a Covid-safe move.Of course, it is possible that delays can occur due to the pandemic. Despite nearly two years of experience, there is still plenty of learning and adapting to be done. Regular testing is one of the best ways to ensure your own safety as well as your family’s and other parties involved in the move. If you are looking to move homes and want to know more about how to do so safely and effective, we’re on hand to help in any way we can.
If you’d like to discuss the options available to you, contact your adviser today.