Local family-run businesses work together to move couple into Weston-under-Penyard during coronavirus outbreak

Despite the lockdown, a small amount of people who fall into a very specific set of circumstances set by Government are still able to press ahead safely with their house move. This was the case for Sue and Pete Edney, who recently moved from Devon into a new Freeman Home at Weston-under-Penyard in Herefordshire to be closer to their family. Sue explains how they were still able to go ahead with their move:

“We were originally supposed to move into our new house in Weston on Tuesday 31st March, so when the Government announced the lockdown measures the Monday before, naturally we were quite worried about what would now happen.

“The Devonshire-based removal company that we had booked were no longer able to move us, but thankfully, Hayley from Freeman Homes recommended Ross-on-Wye based Move It and arranged for them to come and do our removal for us at very short notice. Freeman Homes allowed us to move in under a licence which meant we could move into our new home a week ahead of legal completion. Christian and his team at Move It came and moved all of our belongings on the Wednesday, and we stayed one final night in our empty house to ensure we didn’t have to be around while the majority of our belongings were being moved into the new house, allowing us to comply with the rules on social distancing.

“The help and assistance that we received from both Freeman Homes and Move It was absolutely brilliant, they really did support us with our move during this challenging time. Christian even insisted on taking one of the tyres from our car that had suffered a puncture during the move into Ross to have it fixed. And Hayley did a grocery shop for us in our first week here.”

Given the situation in the UK with regard to the outbreak of coronavirus, the Government are urging all parties involved in the home moving process to adapt and be flexible, and to alter their usual processes, whilst ensuring social distancing is observed, prioritising the health of individuals and the public above everything.

Buyers who are due to move into an empty property are being advised to go ahead, with all involved taking sensible precautions.


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