How to move home safely during a pandemic

Julie Lyall from Bishop’s Move Swindon on staying safe and taking the stress out of moving

Is now the right time to move?

Moving home has always had the potential to be stressful, but add in the anxieties and restrictions caused by the current pandemic, and it can seem an overwhelming proposition. Yet, against all odds, the recent stamp duty holiday seems to have produced a mini property boom across the country with average asking prices 2.4% higher* than they were pre-lockdown.

Following lockdown, many are looking to move nearer to family and friends, have a study to work from home or simply more outside space. The pent-up demand has seen local estate agents in Swindon reporting an increase in instructions, as well as a rise in viewings. So now could be your perfect time to move.

Why should I hire a removals company?

When moving house, we all know to use professional services such as solicitors, mortgage advisors and estate agents, so why leave the ultimate handling of your personal possessions to friends and family or a potentially uninsured ‘man and van’ outfit.

Booking an accredited removals company will ensure that your move remains a smooth one, especially during the current pandemic. We strongly recommend that you use a member of the British Association of Removers (, such as ourselves, as you will then guarantee that your removals company are professionally trained to the highest of standards and adhere to Government Covid-19 safety guidelines at all times.

How do I begin?

As soon as you are thinking of moving, get in touch with your preferred removals company to arrange a home survey. Bishop’s Move will undertake this for free and safely by video link at a convenient day and time. This consultation will allow you to discuss all aspects of your move with a local expert, including what packing services you would like, whether any antiques or art work need bespoke crating, as well as chat through storage options.

By doing this as early as possible in the moving process, you will not only get an idea of costs but you are more likely to get your preferred moving date.

What about the packing?

A professional removals company will offer you a range of packing services, as each move is individual. Here at Bishop’s Move, we can securely wrap and pack the entire contents of your home or just pack the fragile items such as the china and glass. We can also build bespoke crates for any antiques or fine art that needs extra special handling. Plus, if you want to pack anything yourself, that’s not a problem, we will deliver boxes to you.

Do I really need insurance?

Most home policies do NOT cover your personal effects during a house move and this is why Bishop’s Move offer removals insurance to all our customers as an added safeguard. Whilst we have an enviable record when it comes to looking after our clients possessions, with 165 years of experience behind us, we are realistic enough to know that accidents can happen from time to time. We also offer a ‘late key waiver’ to protect our customers from any extra unexpected costs should the home they are moving in to not be ready on time.

How much does moving cost?

This depends on a variety of factors, such as how many items you are moving, what packing services you require and where you are moving to, as this will dictate the size of the removal team and how many vehicles are at your disposal.

On average a 3 bedroom detached house move within Swindon could cost approximately £750.00. Whether you are looking to move to Chobham Close, Hebdon Close or Royal Wootton Bassett, our removals team at Bishop’s Move Swindon have unrivalled local knowledge. And if you are moving further afield, or even overseas, we can still help, as by being part of the Bishop’s Move group we have over 20 branches across the UK to support us, as well as an experienced international shipping team.

Julie Lyall
Business Development Manager
Bishop’s Move Swindon