Can I Move House During Covid 19 Lockdown in Ireland?
Can you move house during Covid-19 lockdown in Ireland… Yes, you can! However, there are some provisos both good and bad that you need to consider before signing on the dotted line.
According to the government website, “property services, property letting, and management services” are essential services as well as: “private homes that are practically complete and scheduled for habitation by 31 January 2021” may continue to have work done on them.
When it comes to purchasing a new home, it is the recommendation of the government that, “online viewings will be the default approach to viewing property for rental or sale, with a physical viewing only permissible at the point where a tenancy agreement is being entered into or where a contract for sale has been drawn up.”
The housing market has seen a huge upswing since the “stamp duty holiday” began and was announced that it will last until May 31, 2021. The stamp duty holiday means that land tax will not be incurred on property purchases of up to £500.00.
This is great news for the housing market and prospective homeowners alike.
However, you must consider the implications of moving houses during this time. You should only move if you absolutely have to for financial or unforeseen reasons.
When you are moving, you will come into contact with many people and services such as moving companies, realtors, and cleaning services that have had a lot of contact with other people recently.
Therefore, you can increase your chances of spreading the virus unintentionally if you are moving for pleasure.
When you are deciding to make your move be as smart as you can be to not put your life as well as those of essential workers at risk. Be responsible and be safe.