23 Jun 2020
The Scottish Government has issued new guidance on moving home during the COVID-19 pandemic.
From Monday June 29th, people will be allowed to move home again as Scotland continues to ease lockdown restrictions.
Surveys and home reports will resume and people can invite estate agents to value their homes and also view properties they wish to purchase.
However, the process of finding and moving into a new home will be slightly different as steps are taken to halt the spread of Coronavirus.
We have broken the guidance down into relevant guides:
In order to minimise public health risks and allow home moves to happen as safely as possible, the government has advised that the following measures should be followed:
Everyone involved in any aspect of the moving process must follow government guidelines on physical distancing, handwashing and the use of face coverings to minimise the spread of the virus.
The government recommends that people wear a face-covering during any viewing or valuation activities related to moving home.
Use of face coverings is not a substitute for physical distancing practices, which must also be maintained wherever possible.
Necessary travel involved in moving home, and associated activities, is allowed, according to the new guidance.
The government suggest you should check the advice on how-to-travel-safely before undertaking any journeys in connection with moving home.
Clinically vulnerable and shielded individuals will need to carefully consider their personal situation and the circumstances of their own move and may wish to seek medical advice before deciding whether to commit to or go ahead with a move.
People who have COVID-19 or are self-isolating should not leave their home either to move home or to undertake property viewings. This includes people who are self-isolating as part of the Test and Protect strategy.
Anyone with COVID-19 or self-isolating should delay their move until all members of the household have come to the end of their self-isolation period. The government has urged all parties to agree amicable arrangements to change move dates for households with individuals in this group.
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