Lets face it, moving house is incredibly stressful, in fact, it’s one of the most stressful things we do in our lives along with; having a baby, losing a job and planning a wedding. There’s a reason so many people… Continue Reading →
The idea of moving home is nearly always exciting; you might be buying your very first apartment, upsizing to a dream family home of down-sizing to a brand new house to enjoy your retirement without the maintenance headaches of an… Continue Reading →
We all know that moving house is extremely stressful, some say worse than being made redundant or getting divorced yet the housing market in the UK is currently being revitalised after a long recession and houses are selling much more… Continue Reading →
The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) are again in the news today regarding their long-running campaign to highlight the lack of space in new homes being built in the UK. The RIBA/IPSOS Mori report entitled “The Way We Live Now: What People Need and Expect from their Homes” found that many new homes in the UK simply do not have enough storage space for the basic essentials of life, including food and household appliances. […]
I have been surprised that almost all the people wishing to view my house have wanted to come on a Saturday and that estate agents around here are not even open on Sundays; maybe that’s a sign of the economic downturn as I’m sure they used to open on Sundays. But the visits have been planned to my advantage and the estate agents have actually encouraged appointments at times when the next viewer is likely to meet the previous viewer coming down the garden path. Actually we haven’t got a garden path but you know what I mean.
I started off with 3 estate agents coming to value my house because surely I’d be able to make a decision based on 3 valuations. But actually what I found was that estate agents try, on the one-hand not to offend you about a home you have loved and lived in for nearly 20 years but on the other to manage your expectations on price. I wanted really honest feedback because I wanted to move quickly and I had seen other houses in the area languish on the market for well over a year because they just seemed too expensive. What I found was that it wasn’t until the third estate agent came round that I realised how hard I had to push and how insistent I had to be before they gave me some really honest advice.
I’m in the process of trying to move house – not easy in the current economic climate but I seem to remember the last time I moved was in a recession when some people I knew were in negative equity so the experience is nothing new for me just a bit of a distant memory.
Living in London is expensive and lots of people find they struggle to even afford a visit to enjoy a long weekend, let alone live and work there. But living in London needn’t be super expensive, here’s how:
Share your space
If you’re going to move to London and you’re not absolutely flush with funds, you’re going to have to start getting used to sharing your space. Flat shares are by far the cheapest way to live in London and you’d be surprised at how small a space people are actually willing to rent out to you. Expect flatmate interviews (yes really!) and flat sharing meet up parties where people looking for flat shares or offering flat shares are looking to hook up with potential living buddies…
Moving house can be a fairly resource intensive activity. Apart from all the clutter that frequently ends up in landfill during a move, there are also transportation emissions, packing materials and other waste to think about if you want to make your move less damaging to the environment. Read the full post for some handy tips to help you pack and move house with less impact on the planet.
If you are planning to move in the near future, you might already be wondering how to move your items. Moving by yourself, also known as a DIY move, might seem like a great way to save money, but in reality can actually cost you more. Read the full post for some things to think about when deciding whether to use a professional removal company or do it on your own.
If you’re getting ready to move into your new home, now is a great time to make some small changes that will get you on a greener footing straight away. There are some easy things you can do as soon as you get there to make your home a more eco-friendly place to be…
There’s so much to do if you’re planning a move; some of the things you should definitely not forget to do before the big day include: Redirecting your post, informing your bank and insuring your new home, both the building and the contents.