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How has moving home changed during Covid-19?

Is it safe to move?

In May, the UK Government updated their moving advice for England and relaxed rules on buying and selling homes. They stated that it was safe to move as long as social distancing measures were in place. As we move into the heart of winter, this measure has stayed in place even with new tiered restrictions across the country.

For many, using a removals company is a necessity for moving home. The good news is that you can still hire one, but there are a few factors you and the removals company need to take into account to ensure a safe and smooth move.

So what should you do when moving during these times?

Every removal company will provide a different opinion on what the best way to move is; however, there is a number of factors that are similar across the industry. The first, and arguably the most important place to start is contacting your chosen removal company as early as possible and give yourself as much time to prepare as possible. Furthermore, aim to pack all your belongings yourself. If you need assistance on how to pack fragile or bulky items, contact the company, who will be able to advise. If this is the case, wipe down – if possible – all belongings that will be handled by anyone else other than those in your household.

Is moving essential?

Before you move, you have to ask yourself is moving essential?

For many people, a moving date is not flexible. If you have a lease ending or if you previously sold or purchased a home with an upcoming closing date, you must have access to the critical services that can allow you to relocate. Although measures are continually changing in line with spikes and tough in the virus, if you do have flexibility in your moving date, consider waiting if you are unsure whether this is the right time.

As measures continue to change across the UK, homeowners or potential buyers continue to have a wide array of options to consider. So if you are ready to move what you should think?

Using a removal company.

Using a home removals company is perfectly fine as long as everyone adheres to social distancing measures. Follow Government guidelines as much as possible, and if anyone in your household shows Covid-19 symptoms, delay the move. Moves may take a little longer than in the pre-coronavirus world, but the upside is that everything will be done safely. And you’ll still get to delight in moving into your new home. So how can you ensure you keep yourself and the removal company safe?

  • As much as it is common courtesy to provide refreshments for the movers, the government advises not to do so at this point
  • Provide easy access to handwashing facilities and wash your hands with warm, soapy water after touching surfaces to reduce the risk of transmission
  • Keep all internal doors open
  • If possible, exit your property while the movers are present and supervise the packing and moving from a safe distance of a minimum of two metres

What should you do if you need to cancel your move?

If you need to cancel a move due to COVID-19, contact your moving provider directly. Most moving contracts are non-binding, which means that you can cancel without financial penalty up to a set period of time prior to your service. If you provided a deposit, you’ll have to look at your contract to see whether or not you can expect it to be returned to you. Note that even if your deposit was non-refundable, there is a chance that your moving company will return it to you anyway due to the unique circumstances of COVID-19.

Source: 01/12/2020

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