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To move or not to move?

That is the question!

The restrictions on house moves imposed during the lockdown have now been removed by PM Boris Johnson, subject to social distancing, plenty of hand washing and hand sanitiser, of course! 

Estate agents are open for business, with a number of local agents reporting that there is a stampede of pent up buyers wishing to arrange viewings and eager to move into a new property, so they can unpack, decorate and refurbish in the spare time currently available.

The Law Society guidelines are that house moves should be conducted on a simultaneous exchange and completion basis. This means sellers and buyers are not legally bound to sell or buy until the actual day they move; they can check they are fit, healthy, Covid-19 free and able to move on the day before becoming liable for interest or compensation to other parties.  This is not ideal, but far better in the event of illness to only be responsible for your own expenses than the costs of everybody in the chain. It's better to be safe than sorry, so the saying goes!  Amazingly it seems to be working well, and we are seeing an increasing number of house moves successfully completed each week.

The majority of solicitors and conveyancers are working remotely, this brings it’s challenges but at Schofield Sweeney we are fortunate to have the IT support, technology, software and equipment to enable us to work from home with a small number of staff manning the office to scan and send essential post. There have been rumours that the necessary changes to accommodate remote working may drag Conveyancing into the 21st century.

We are very much open for business and eager to play our part in keeping the housing market moving.

So whether you are buying or selling, the team and I remain committed to making the process a hassle-free one! Please contact us on 01484 915 000 or email


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SallyAnn Masih


SallyAnn has been a Conveyancer since 2000, and has amassed a vast amount of experience in residential…

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