How Covid-19 tier restrictions affect your house move
The housing market in England has been open and operating irrespective of the Covid tier you reside in or plan to move to. Meaning you are totally free to move home if you want to, as long as you are not quarantining or self-isolating.
However, a few process changes are in place which are worth noting when you start your new park home search and consider selling your home to fund the purchase.
Moving to a new park home during Tier restrictions
Even if your local area is identified as Tier 3, you can still continue with planned moves and view new properties to move into in future. Estate agents, removal companies, valuers, and people in the sales office and show homes are continuing to work.
The process of searching for and moving into a new home is different because property agents, conveyancers and other professionals have modified how they work to reduce the risk from Covid-19. These changes are mainly for more online work, such as offering virtual viewings; vacating your current property during viewings; and ensuring your property is thoroughly cleaned before someone else moves in.
What to expect when viewing a property
All tiers can move home, however the process of searching for and moving into a new park home is different.
Initial viewings are usually done virtually if offered. This will reduce the number of viewings done and will also minimise the spread of germs.
Arrange a timed private viewing appointment if you would like an in-person viewing.
Park–finding specialists Quickmove Properties can find you a suitable park and home based on your requirements and arrange both virtual viewings and safe, in-person appointments on your behalf. Find a Park Here
When viewing a property please wear a suitable face covering unless exempt from this requirement.
If you have concerns please raise them ahead of a visit to discuss appropriate measures.
When viewing a property in person, you should avoid touching surfaces wherever possible, wash your hands regularly and/or use hand sanitiser.
You can expect all internal doors to be open and all surfaces and door handles will be cleaned after each viewing.
How are Offers through to Completion affected?
You are free to make or accept an offer or reserve a property as normal
It is possible than in some areas conveyancing process will be slower than usual, as some solicitors and agents may be operating at limited capacity or may be back logged from earlier in the year. Of course, when buying with Quickmove Properties Part-Exchange these delays are avoided and all legal work carried out at no extra cost by Quickmove’s appointed solicitors.
If you are entering into a legally binding contract, you should discuss the possible implications of one of the parties being affected by having to self-isolate or quarantine. Make sure to ask your legal representative if they can include provisions to manage these risks in the contracts.
How are Home Removals affected by Tier restrictions?
With modern park homes being fully-furnished there should be very little removal necessary. However, removal firms can carry out work if all the usual procedures that ensure everyone’s safety are still in place.
You must try to do most of your packing yourself, if possible. And if you can, give your belongings a quick spray or wipe down with disinfectant before they are handled by someone else.
When the removal team are around, do your best to maintain your distance and wash your hands regularly.
In short it takes away the stress of selling on the open market, especially during a pandemic. Part-exchange avoid estate agents which means no endless viewings from complete strangers coming into your house, and a lack of stress negotiating offers and dealing with protracted timescales.