Buying a house can be stressful at the best of times, but what’s it like for those involved in a house move during the coronavirus pandemic?

Much like most industries, housing is going through a difficult period during these most unusual of times.

One islander attempting to make a move is Chris Dragun. His family were just a housing survey away from completing a deal for a new house before lockdown in Guernsey.

Economically and emotionally it's quite a stressful time to be honest. There's a definite possibility we could lose the house altogether now. I don't know the situation of the sellers if they would then be still in a position wanting to sell. We don't know what the market will do after the lockdown if it's been affected drastically or if it's still fairly similar. It would've been our forever home, the perfect next step and obviously that could be in jeopardy.

Chris Dragun

Despite sales not currently going through, estate agents are remaining positive and insist that interest has not declined in recent weeks.

People are browsing online and we're getting enquiries on a daily basis about new properties, existing properties and actually even people making appointments asking us to reserve appointments at properties in the future.

Andre Austin, Swoffers director

The picture is not quite as straightforward for moving companies. If islanders are still buying homes then there could be a backlog of moves to complete in a few months’ time.

It's going to be a challenge because I don't think there's enough resource over here to be able to cope with that. We've had to make redundancies. We've had to because we just don't know how long this is going to go on for and the moves that we've got booked, no one is actually paying us because we don't know if we're going to be able to fulfill the moves because of the lockdown and everyone's trying to keep hold of their cash.

Ant Austen, relocations worldwide