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What You Need To Know About
Moving At Alert Level 3.

So, you’re all set to move to a new house, but your moving date happens to have fallen smack-bang in the middle of a Level 3 lockdown. What now? A relatively recent phenomenon, it can be a little confusing to know what you can and can’t do. Here are four tips to help you navigate the tricky world of moving during alert Level 3.

1. Property Viewings
Whether you’re a buyer, a seller, or even a realtor, Level 3 rules will severely impact your access to the property in question. There are tight controls on movements and interaction with those outside your bubble and open homes during Level 3 are not advised.

Government sources recommend that sellers provide groups of prospective buyers with a virtual tour or video of the property instead. In limited circumstances, sellers and realtors may potentially be able to arrange private viewings, provided that strict protocols are put in place—you should always check the Ministry of Health Covid Alert Level requirements before you make any plans. Check out the government’s COVID19 website for updates and details.

2. Tradies and Other Professionals
In some instances, certain professionals such as tradies, property inspectors and valuers may be allowed to enter properties during Level 3, as long as they comply with all applicable Covid Alert Level requirements—check out the government’s COVID19 website for what’s in and what’s out. One thing to bear in mind if you’re a landlord wanting to organise this type of work for a rental property is that you must receive your tenant’s permission for an outside source to attend the property. If your tenant doesn’t consent, you can’t move forward with a visit.

3. Moving Companies
We all know that the whole packing and moving experience can be extremely challenging at the best of times, and that’s before the stress of lockdown! Luckily, you don’t have to go it alone. According to current government guidelines, moving companies are still able to operate under Level 3 rules provided you’re moving to another Level 3 region. If you’re moving in or out of a Level 3 region using movers, the company will likely need to apply for an exemption from the Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment.

Check out local suppliers in your area, or if you’re Auckland-based, you could be eligible for a moving voucher through our partners at Smart Express with one of our new moving offers. Please note that COVID rules and guidelines are updated frequently, so we recommend checking the government COVID website for the latest advice.

4. Regional Travel
Travel between regions is highly regulated at alert Level 3, with police checkpoints dotting the country. In most cases, if you lack sufficient reason or evidence for inter-regional travel the authorities will turn you away. However, exceptions are sometimes allowed for those moving their primary homes or businesses to a new area on a permanent basis. You’ll need to ensure you have the right permissions and documentation—check out official sources for more details on what you’ll need. Keep in mind that the rules around inter-regional travel can change, so if you're in this situation, you might want to wait until alert Level 2 before you consider packing up. 

Importantly, remember to be kind to yourself and others throughout this process. Living and working through a global pandemic is a challenge, and moving during one only adds to that. Take your time with the process, ask for help and we recommend you also take a look at the official Ministry of Health website for the rules and recommendations to keep up with the latest information.

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