Moving Home During the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak

This guidance provides advice to industry and those moving home in accordance with the national lockdown announced on 4 January. Read the general guidance on what you can and cannot do to keep safe while the national lockdown is in force.

The housing market in England will remain open during this national lockdown. This means that people looking to move home will be able to both continue with planned moves and view new properties to move into in the future. Estate and lettings agents, removers, valuers, and people in sales and lettings offices and show homes will be able to continue working.

This guidance provides important public health information to ensure that moving home and related activities, such as viewing a property, can happen safely. It also applies to custom and self-builders looking to acquire a plot or a property to renovate or demolish.

One of the simplest steps you can take when moving home is to wash your hands frequently and keep as much distance as possible from other people who are not members of your household. Ensure you follow the latest guidance on practical steps to reduce transmission. and maintain a 2 metre distance apart where possible. It may also be a good idea to take extra precautions when in close contact with others, such as wearing a face covering. There are also certain situations in which you must wear a face covering, as described below.

The process of searching for and moving into a new home is different at the moment because property agents, conveyancers, and other professionals have modified how they work to reduce the risk from COVID-19. These changes could include doing more online, such as offering virtual viewings; vacating your current property during viewings, and ensuring your property is thoroughly cleaned before someone else moves in.