• Can you still move home during lockdown? During the November lockdown, the Government has advised that people can still move home as long as the property they are moving to is their sole permanent residence. Removal firms are also allowed to work during the lockdown, although the Government advises homeowners to do as much packing and removals as possible themselves and to follow Covid safety guidance.
• Can I still put my house up for sale during lockdown? Yes, as estate agents are able to continue working. However, with the housing market booming and a backlog from the full lockdown earlier this year, homeowners should be aware that the process may take longer than normal, which could mean they miss out on the stamp duty holiday.
• Can you view houses during lockdown? House viewings can still go ahead but open house viewings are not allowed. The Government has recommended that initial viewings be done virtually, while in-person viewings should not involve more than two households inside the property at any one time, including the estate agent. Social distancing is also recommended, as are face coverings.
• Can you still get valuations during lockdown? Yes, although homeowners may have to wait longer than normal for an appointment due to demand. Again, when the valuation takes place, social distancing should be practised, along with wearing a face covering.
• Will the mortgage application still go ahead? Mortgage applications are continuing, although the process may take longer due to people working from home and a high demand in mortgage applications.
You can find out more online, or if you’re considering moving home, speak to a mortgage broker to find the right deal.