Moving During COVID-19

Complete Guide to Moving During COVID-19:

Moving homes can be challenging at the best of times and the COVID-19 situation has only made it more difficult. However, if you are in a situation where you need to move, the following considerations and Snug support may make the process easier for you.

Can I move during COVID-19?

Legally, there is no legislation or federal/state directive that prevents you from changing your primary place of residence. However, it is important to note that social distancing measures must be upheld throughout the process.

What are the rules when looking for a rental?

On 8 May 2020, the federal government set out plans to begin the easing of restrictions for the COVID-19 pandemic. However, each state has its own regulations for how and when restrictions will be lifted. Every state nationwide has now announced that open for inspections are to resume with social distancing measures in place and limits on attendance.

Can I still use a removalist?

Yes - the federal government has classified removalists as an essential service and as such, they are able to enter your home to perform their duties. Although, you will need to practice social distancing.

Can I still hire a van or truck to move myself?

Yes - generally most car rental companies around Australia are still operating, but this will be dependent on location. There are no restrictions preventing you from renting a van or truck to move residence.

Tips for moving during COVID-19

  • Delay moving, if you can;
  • Do not move if you are feeling unwell;
  • Familiarise yourself with the area using Google Maps street view;
  • If inspecting properties, practice social distancing and good hygiene;
  • Pre-back belongings in boxes to minimise contact for removalists;
  • Minimise contact with service providers - e.g. removalists, cleaners, tradespeople, building management and other occupants

How can Snug help me?


Provide the property manager with basic details to pre-qualify for tenancy and you save yourself time visiting properties where you are a top prospect.

Private appointments

Request a time on Snug to inspect the property or schedule a private appointment. Be sure to be on time for your viewing slot.

Online applications

Snug’s rental applications are paperless, fast and secure! Rental references can be completed by property managers on the go, and you can upload supporting documents easily.

Lease faster online

Many property managers using Snug have digital leases, making it easier for you to move into your new home quicker.

Submit a joint application for a sharehouse

Snug offers renters the ability to create joint applications for a single property. If you have used Snug before, you can simply use your previous application information to apply for a new property or, if you are new Snug - create your rental profile today in just a few minutes!

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Where can I seek advice?