With the ever-changing rules governing what you can and can’t do during the Covid pandemic it’s understandable that many people are thoroughly confused.
One of the most frequently asked questions we hear is ‘are we still permitted to move home’ and ‘is it safe’?
The answer to both questions is yes.
Adding to the confusion is the ban on non-essential travel between health board areas which some people have interpreted as it’s ok to buy a house or flat just so long as it’s not in another part of the country.
However, we would argue that moving home counts as essential travel and we’re pleased to say the Scottish Government agrees with us.
Moving is permitted in all five levels of Scotland, if it can be carried out safely and relevant businesses, including estate agents and removal companies, can continue to support those who move.
The Scottish Government’s website says you can still physically attend home viewings if you maintain social distancing of at least two metres from other people, avoid touching surfaces and wash your hands regularly.
Of course, it goes without saying that if you are self-isolating, you should not attend viewings, move home, allow people to view your property, or allow relevant workers to enter your house.
Estate agents and other relevant people involved in the sale of a home can travel to work where necessary to undertake these activities in a safe manner.
The Scottish Government website states: “We encourage everyone involved to be as flexible as possible over this period and be prepared to delay moves, for example, if someone becomes ill with Covid-19 during the moving process or has to self-isolate.
“It may also become necessary at some point to move beyond the five levels of protection and pause all home moves for a short period of time to manage the spread of the COVID-19. We will let you know if this must happen.”
For more information on viewing, buying, and selling properties while coronavirus restrictions are in place, call Purdie & Co on 0131 346 7240 or visit www.purdiesolicitors.co.uk