What does lockdown mean for moving house?

During the first lockdown in 2020 there was a nationwide ban on moving home, however the government have announced that during this lockdown January 2021 people can still move home.  

However you should follow the national guidance on moving home safely, which includes advice on social distancing, letting fresh air in, and wearing a face covering. 

For those who may have been thinking of making the move now may not be a bad time to take the plunge.  Whilst the number of mortgage products available has been dramatically reduced, mortgage interest rates are the lowest they have been for some time. Provided you have a sufficient deposit or equity in the property you wish to sell, you may be able to secure a good mortgage deal. 

If you are thinking of putting your property on the market there are of course certain safety procedures that need to be complied with. 

We have reconsidered our process for ID of clients for Money Laundering purposes as well as meeting with clients for signing of documents.  

With regards to ID if a client cannot call in to the office with a mask covering by appointment to bring ID we can as an alternative ask a client to send in a copy of their photo ID such as a passport or driving licence and we will then arrange a video call with the client to confirm their identity.  

Again with regards to meetings with clients to run through the documents on a purchase or a sale we will now as much as possible be sending reports out with information about the property and also with documents attached to the report for signature and return. The report will run through the paperwork that would have been signed in the face to face meeting.  

If you would like any further information please do not hesitate to contact contact Lorraine, Dominique or Susan now on freephone number 0800 083 0815 or,,, and we will be happy to answer any questions and/or refer you to an estate agent who can assist further.