Moving house safely: a refresher post-lockdown
COVID-19 restrictions may have been lifted but the virus is far from gone.
Many people are still wary of going about their day-to-day lives, even after a year of being stuck indoors.
So, how do you move home safely in 2021? The Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government have issued these guidelines to keep you safe…
Can I view a property in-person?
If you are not required to self-isolate, you can go and view a property in-person, however, guidance continues to recommend virtual viewings where possible.
Viewing the property can be an important step in the house buying process, but it’s important to keep yourself safe.
Make sure to follow good hygiene practices, wash your hands regularly by sanitising and cleaning common contact zones, wear a face covering when possible and keep your distance from others.
Do I have to wear a face covering?
Whilst wearing a face covering is no longer mandatory, it’s advised to wear one to protect yourself and others.
The homeowner may request you wear a mask whilst looking round their property. So, you should look to accommodate their wishes whilst you are in their home.
Can I ask people viewing my home to wear a face covering?
If you would like people coming to view your property to wear a face covering, it’s important to let your estate agent know.
Putting a cap on the number of people allowed to view your property at any one time may also be a good idea to help keep everyone safe.
What if I have to self-isolate?
Buyers and sellers may experience delays due to self-isolation. Whilst this may be irritating, it’s important to continue to follow the rules.
– Get a test if you have symptoms.
– Isolate if you have a positive test or have been in contact with someone who has tested positive.
– Quarantine if you are returning from red or amber list countries.
Speak to a solicitor about making contractual provisions in case the worst happens. This enables the process to continue whilst you are isolating.
Want to know how we’re helping to keep you safe? Speak to one of our team members today.
This article was originally published by BriefYourMarket and is reproduced here with their permission.
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