Moving house safely during a pandemic

Local law firm, Goughs Solicitors, offers free advice on moving home safely during a pandemic.


Following the Government announcement that it is now possible to move house after the easing of some lockdown rules, we have put together some useful tips and advice to keep you safe.

Contact With Your Solicitor

Where possible conduct all meetings and conversations over the phone, by video call using Zoom, What’s App or Skype, and of course you can continue emailing. At Goughs, we are all available via these mediums.

Viewing Properties

In the first instance, take a really good look at all images available online, reading floor plans and room descriptions, too. This will ensure you are only viewing properties that really are what you are looking for and you’ll avoid any unnecessary risks. Many agents have now created video tours which can give you a great feel for a property and help you decide if it is right for you before you go to view.

Wear gloves and a mask when viewing. This will protect you and those still residing in the house you’re visiting. Avoid touching any surfaces, instead asking your estate agent questions if you have any.

Visit your new potential property with as few people as possible. Some agents are limiting the number of people that may view a property at any one time so check in advance.

When Potential Buyers View Your Property

When it’s time for photos and videos to be done, ensure your home is looking at its best. It means that people will get a really good feel for the property before visiting.

Use the time of the viewing to go for a walk so you aren’t in risk of coming in direct contact with individuals.

Leave all internal doors open. This will avoid the need for any viewers to touch door handles and open them.

Goughs Solicitors has 7 offices based throughout Wiltshire. The firm provides legal advice for both individuals and businesses. If you have any further thoughts, advice or questions we'd love to hear from you so please get in touch by emailing me on


Sarah Thomson
Head of Residential Property at Goughs Solicitors


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