New advice about safe property viewings and house moves has been issued to home buyers and renters following the easing of coronavirus restrictions in England on 19 July.
The guidance comes from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, which says that, while legal restrictions on contact have been lifted, buyers should still exercise “caution and restraint” as the country moves out of lockdown.
According to the ministry: “We will continue to manage the virus and provide guidance over the coming months. We urge everyone involved in the home buying and selling process to continue to follow good hygiene practices, including regular hand-washing, sanitising, and cleaning.”
While buyers are free to view properties in person, unless self-isolating, the guidance continues to recommend virtual viewings in the first instance - until you feel committed enough to view in person.
Face masks are no longer required for viewings but buyers are advised to consider wearing one. The home owner may request that you do so, as may your estate agent, and the government asks people viewing homes to “accommodate their wishes.”
If you’re selling a property, and want people looking round it to wear a face covering or if you want to limit numbers, you should make this clear to your estate agent.
There is guidance around the house move too.
Buyers, sellers, landlords and renters are urged to be ready for disruption - if someone in a chain contracts coronavirus or needs to self-isolate, for example.
Anyone buying or selling is advised to speak to their solicitor about provisions in the contract for delays.
During the move itself, the guidance suggests precautions such as wiping down surfaces and door handles and ensuring rooms are well ventilated before removals staff or other tradespeople enter the property.
In addition, movers should follow the general coronavirus roles of getting tested if they have symptoms, self-isolating after a positive test or if advised to do so and following quarantine rules when returning from travel abroad.
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