Moving home during the Coronavirus pandemic

Further guidance has been issued by Welsh Government for those looking to move home in Wales during the Coronavirus pandemic. The main points are as follows, as taken from gov.wales https://gov.wales/moving-home-during-coronavirus-pandemic.

 

When you can move home

From 22 June 2020, you can move home, but we recommend that if the property you are moving to has not been empty for at least three days, that it is deep cleaned before you enter it.

These moves do not involve different households being inside a property at the same time, so the risk of transmission of coronavirus is lower. 

 

Putting your home on the market

You can put your home on the market, but potential buyers or tenants cannot view your property in person if you are living in it or it is occupied. 

Marketing of occupied properties can begin. Valuations and other related activities should be carried out in line with safe working requirements. Initial viewings can only be carried out virtually. Marketing and viewing of unoccupied properties can take place.

 

Viewing homes

You can view a property if it is unoccupied and has been empty for at least three days, or it has been thoroughly cleaned. It is important viewings do not involve different households being inside a property at the same time because this increases the risk of coronavirus being transmitted.

You can view unoccupied properties in person but you must follow physical distancing guidance and keep good hand hygiene. 

You cannot view occupied homes (where someone is still living). Virtual viewings of a home can be provided by a letting agent, estate agent or landlord.

 

Moving from Wales to England

You can move across the border to England. 

If you are moving into Wales, we recommend you should only move to properties which have been empty for at least three days or have been deep cleaned.

 

Moving more than five miles away from where you live 

You can move more than five miles away from where you live but we recommend you should only move to properties which have been empty for at least three days or have been deep cleaned.

 

Allowing estate agents, surveyors or removal workers into your home

Estate agents, surveyors or removal workers are allowed into a property. They need to follow the physical distancing in the workplace guidance.

 

Visiting estate and letting agent premises

Estate and Letting Agents are allowed to open but we encourage them to minimise the need for people to visit their offices in person, but if you do, they will need to ensure you do so in accordance with the workplace guidance for employers and employees.

 

Visiting new build housing site sales offices

Sales offices are allowed to open but we encourage them to minimise the need for people to visit their offices in person, but if you do, they will need to ensure you do so in accordance with the workplace guidance for employers and employees.