Longing to move house? Let’s imagine the possibilities.

House moving aside, coronavirus has put all normal life on hold, but a new normal is starting to assert itself.

If you thought 2020 was going to be the year of The Move, you’ll be feeling right now that your dreams have been shattered. The housing market is at a standstill, with viewings and surveys inadvisable if not impossible, and most estate agencies and sales offices shut. Even those lucky enough to have exchanged contracts are being advised by the Government to delay moving as long as they can. See www.gov.uk/guidance/government-advice-on-home-moving-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak for the full details.

Most of us are now home-based, which has its good points and its bad. One of the better things is that we are finding out just how adaptable human beings are. Keeping ourselves and our loved ones safe and healthy is of course number one. But beyond that, we are starting to imagine the possibilities of the situation we’re in. Gym closed? We can work out online with Joe Wicks or our local yoga group. Missing friends and family? Thanks to Zoom, Houseparty and Skype we can still enjoy their company. At the supermarket, you might not be able to get every item on your list, but what a great opportunity to try some new foods, or rummage through your kitchen cupboards to dig out that exotic looking packet or tin that you never quite found a use for.

At home, there’s time to learn a language, a new skill, a chance to read and think, start that novel, bake bread, edit your wardrobe, knock the garden into shape, clear out the spare room. Families are spending unprecedented amounts of time together, which can be challenging, but it’s also an opportunity to appreciate one another as never before. Rather than feeling trapped, frustrated and angry, this might be a valuable time to pause, reflect, re-set. And yes, you can still think about that move. There’s nothing like spending more time at home to focus the mind on its shortcomings! If you’re now working from the kitchen table, or coping with home-schooling, or longing to be out in the garden when you don’t have one, you’ll have a very clear idea about the next home you want to live in. Never before have we been more aware of our environment, our surroundings and what is important to us.

A virtual house viewing can be almost as inspiring as the real thing, and it’s something that Millgate are offering. We’re offering virtual appointments, when you’ll be able to talk to our sales and technical teams and start making plans for your new home. We’re also launching some interesting incentives too – check our individual developments for more information. Like everyone else, we’re longing to get back to what we do best, which is creating amazing homes that delight our customers, so we’re focusing firmly on the future.