Moving home evokes different emotions in people – for some, it is a new phase to look forward to; for others, it becomes a necessity. No matter the reason, there is a feeling of excitement as well as apprehension when moving home. The Covid-19 pandemic has not made it easier but, with the recent SDLT (stamp duty land tax) holiday announced, the present seems a good time to move, if you have been thinking of it. And, to assist you, there are some of the best estate agents in Streatham with exceptional local area knowledge.
Meanwhile, a few suggestions to consider when moving home during the pandemic. The safety and wellbeing of all taking part in moving house are of paramount importance. Health and safety procedures must be maintained.
Viewing of properties: With the facility of virtual viewing, you will be able to view the property online. Although a physical viewing is of more value, face-to-face viewings should be fixed by appointments with your estate agent who will ensure that your safety is protected at all times. If any symptoms of coronavirus appear before the appointment date, you should inform your estate agent immediately to reschedule. Also, all documentation can be done virtually, avoiding physical paperwork.
Removals company: While choosing a removals company, ensure that the following points are clarified beforehand:
- If they are available for immediate movement of household goods or whether there is a backlog and you will have to wait your turn.
- The safety measures being followed by them
- The safety measures you will need to adhere to
- Whether or not they are offering virtual video surveys. If they do, it will be of great benefit.
Selection of a removal company should be made well in advance, as they are now in great demand in clearing the backlog caused by the lockdown.
Planning ahead: One of the advantages of working from home is that there is more time on hand. You can use this time to decide which items you will be moving to your new home and those that you will not. It is good to start packing the lesser-used items you will be taking, leaving the daily use items available. The items not being moved can be put aside, to be sold or donated to charity. You may use your suitcases or packing boxes provided by the removals company, but please do not borrow boxes or use containers that have already been used, as the coronavirus can stay on surfaces for some time, including plastic and cardboard boxes. The packed items can be stored and kept out of the way.
Social distancing: Although help from neighbours and friends is usually welcomed when moving home, unfortunately during the pandemic, it is advisable to restrict the number of people in your home. If there are other residents or children, besides yourself, they should be kept away from the crew of the removals company.
PPE: Ensure that your PPE (personal protective equipment – in this case, face masks and disposable gloves) is always readily available and used when outsiders are present in the home. Once the gloves are removed, make sure to wash your hands frequently. It is advisable to provide a separate space where the removals crew can wash and sanitise their hands as well. Sanitising surfaces after the crew has left your home will be advantageous.
In the event of illness: If you or any family member feels unwell or exhibits any signs of coronavirus, before or on moving day, it is of utmost importance that you put the move on hold and inform your estate agent and removals company immediately. This will ensure that the move can be rescheduled to a suitable date by following the safety norms. Even though it will be a big disappointment and inconvenient, It is also essential, as it will safeguard others who will also be participating in the move to your new home. It is advisable to seek medical advice before deciding to make a move.
Cleaning your new home: Once you arrive at your new home, ensure that your PPE is worn. Your new home will require a thorough clean out, and so you should have sufficient cleaning supplies available. Make sure that every room is cleaned and disinfected. Even though the moving crew will use their PPE, to doubly ensure safety, it will be good to clean all items before placing them in your new home. All containers used for packing should be safely disposed of. If they are stored in a shed or garage, once they have been destroyed, please ensure that the area is carefully cleaned.
New neighbours are sometimes a bit apprehensive of who is moving close by! By ensuring that your home is meticulously cleaned and disinfected and by using your PPE, not only will you have the personal satisfaction of a job being well done, but it will assure the neighbours also that you are concerned about health issues during the current situation. All the best with the move to your new home!best estate agents streatham, brooks estate agents streatham, dexters streatham, estate agents in Streatham, jacksons streatham, kfh streatham, letting agents streatham, oaks estate agents, Pandemic, streatham estate agents list