Moving house during lockdown
After seven weeks of property lockdown, the government has updated the regulations around viewing, purchasing, and selling property in England. With nearly half a million property transactions unable to progress during lockdown, the easing of these rules has provided relief and a sense of a light at the end of the tunnel for many.
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Buying and selling a house can be a complicated process, but part of your solicitor’s job is to make this as easy and stress free as possible for you. They should ensure the majority of the burden is taken off your hands.
You can now put your property on the market, and Estate Agents have reopened. The agents we have spoken have assured us that they are able to work within the new guidelines and manage viewings in a way that protects all involved. We have been told that website views and enquiries to agents are running at the highest levels for months and we are also seeing a upturn in new conveyancing enquiries.
While open house and speculative viewings are off the table, agents are working closely with buyers to arrange virtual viewings of properties. If a buyer then shows a serious interest in the property, a physical viewing will be arranged by the agent. Precautions will be taken; these vary from agent to agent but include the owner of the property not being present, masks and gloves and wiping down surfaces that are touched.
Now more than ever it is vital to use an experienced conveyancing solicitor that you trust. Buying and selling a house can be a complicated process even without the lurking presence of Covid-19, but it is the solicitor’s job is to make this as easy and stress free as possible for you. They should ensure the majority of the burden is taken off your hands.
We are still able to carry out searches on your behalf and liaise with Surveyors to undertake surveys for your property. Like Estate Agents, the surveyors we work with are able to progress matters as usual while following the new guidelines.
Once we have ensured that all searches have been submitted, enquiries raised, and issues settled, we will be ready to exchange contracts. We will set a completion date and a purchase price will be fixed. Removal companies are now able to operate, so on the day of completion you will be able to pick up the keys to your new home.
Our top priority during the Covid-19 outbreak has been to ensure that we continue to provide first class support to our clients. We are able to hold virtual meetings and can advise you around any concerns you may have about moving house during lockdown.
Jackie is a solicitor in our residential property department. With over 18 years’ experience in the legal sector, she specialises in residential conveyancing and particularly new build property.Read More About Jacqueline
Burt Brill & Cardens handled the sale of my house and is now doing my purchase. I am very happy with the service I have received. Quick to respond to emails and phone calls and extremely professional. This has made this whole experience pretty much stress free for myself.