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Housing market in Northern Ireland to reopen

  1. 12 June 2020
  2. By Daisy Stephens

From this coming Monday house moves will be able to take place in Northern Ireland again.

The announcement by Arlene Foster in yesterday’s daily update will come as a relief to all those in the industry, who have had their work for all but essential moves frozen since the start of the Covid-19 lockdown.

Unsurprisingly the move comes with strict caveats to ensure movers and workers can be kept safe throughout the process. For example, if you’re selling your home you’re encouraged to vacate it for viewings if possible and must maintain social distancing if not. You must do what you can to be flexible with arrangements especially if anyone involved is shielding or showing symptoms, and you should try and carry out as much of the process online as possible. As always you must maintain good hygiene, especially if you’re inviting people into your home for viewings or exchanging things like keys, and wear PPE if appropriate.

You can read Northern Ireland’s official moving guidance for more advice on how to keep you and everyone else safe during property transactions from Monday.

The announcement follows the reopening of England’s property market last month. If you want to move house elsewhere in the UK you’ll have to wait a little longer with a lockdown update due for both Wales and Scotland next Thursday, the latter of which at least is expected to include some lessening of restrictions in the housing market.

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