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Outlook for sales the weakest in two decades, say Britain’s surveyorsThe looming threat of Brexithas dragged down the UK property market further, with prices falling at the fastest rate in six years and the outlook for sales the weakest in two decades, according to Britain’s surveyors.The Royal Institution of … read more

The Skyscrapers Set to Complete in the Capital in 2019

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From the City to the Isle of Dogs, a bevy of buildings around the 200 metre mark are nearing completion this year in London. … read more

£3bn New Docklands Neighbourhood Designed by Foster + Partners Unveiled at Silvertown

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Scheme for bustling Thameside town on site of former brewery in Silvertown. … read more

Average Monthly Cost Exceeds £2,000 as Number of Homes Continues to Decline

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Further rental rises are forecasted as supply in London fails to keep pace with demand. … read more

Demand for Credit Cards and Mortgages in UK Falling Fast, Warns BofE

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High street bansk predict borrowing on cards will fall to lowest since 2007 with mortgages down to 2010 levelBorrowing on credit cards is expected to plunge to the lowest levels since 2007 in the three months before Brexit, according to the Bank of England, in the latest indication of stresses … read more

So, you want to move to London but where do you start?

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As a specialist removal company based in London, we are the best choice you could possibly make if you’re moving to London. Here at Simply Removals, we move thousands of customers every single month. If you need a moving company to help you with your move, we are the removals company for you.

We know that moving home can be a stressful time and finding an affordable place to live in London can be difficult. What’s more, while the main tourist attractions are easy to spot, finding your way around the city can be confusing to say the least! So, we thought we’d share our advice from the experts on how to move to London.

Secure a Job Before You Move

One of the best pieces of advice we offer to anyone moving to London is to find and secure a job before the move. London is one of the busiest city’s on earth and finding a job can be a time-consuming and sometimes difficult venture. What’s more, you’ll need to take your time sifting through the various opportunities to find the right one for you.

If you’re young and looking to join an exciting start-up, you may want to consider areas like Bethnal Green or Shoreditch. However, if your work is very business-focused, you should try to find an area with good transport links into the financial district. Work out which area of London would best suit the type of career you’re looking for and then start your search.

Consider the State of Your Finances

Once you think you’ve found the right job, it’s important to check out local salaries to ensure you’re earning enough to keep up with London living costs and salaries. London is well-known for being expensive and the cost of living is extremely high. So, if you’re not careful, you could end up paying out significantly more than you need or want to.

If you’re considering making the move to London, it is essential you consider the state of your finances, the initial increase in your outgoings and what would suit you best. After all, managing your finances may be very different living in London compared to your previous home and location, so it is important to consider cost before making the move.

Decide Where You’re Going to Live

Do you need to find a property close to local transport links, schools, or your place of work? When making the move to London it is important to consider how well particular locations would work for you and whether there are certain places that would be more beneficial than others.

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London is a huge city and there are so many places to live. However, London is expensive and the closer you move to the city-centre, the higher the prices will be. Therefore, some people find it’s much more cost-effective to move further outside of the city so that they save a little bit of money. London is essential a series of villages and the locations a little more on the outskirts are often more affordable and spacious than living right in the middle of it all.

Of course, you may have a higher income and decide you want to sacrifice the expense to enjoy the luxury of living closer to your place of work, your child’s school, or even the pubs, clubs, and restaurants. Location is your choice, but it will determine the level of expense.

Sharing a Property Vs Having Your Own Space

Because London is a notoriously expensive place to live, it is not uncommon for people in their 20s and 30s to rent with others, also known as flat-sharing. Living with other people is a great way to cut your living cost in half and is probably the best option if you’re just starting out and don’t have a very high income.

Many people enjoy living with flatmates, especially if they’re new to a city as it can make the process of making friends and getting to know new people far less daunting. Remember that when you move into a new property in London, you’ll have to pay at least two month’s rent up-front, on top of the prices you’ll have to pay for covering council tax, gas, water, and electricity. Renting with someone else can cut these costs in half and make living in London a little less expensive.

Get Your References Ready

Once you think you’ve found the perfect property and had your offer accepted, the rest of the process will probably happen really quickly. So, you need to get your references ready! The first thing your letting agent will do is make a reference check on you and to complete this you will need to have the following documents available:

These documents all help you build a good case and, much like applying for a job, sell yourself as a potential tenant to the landlord, letting them know why they should want you as a tenant.

Always Look for Properties Through Landlords

Views Of The City, Panorama, LondonWhen you’re looking for a flat or a house in London, your best bet is to go through an estate agent. Always be sure to read the small print and don’t settle anything on a handshake. Always get a copy of the tenancy agreement and read it through thoroughly first. Searching for properties through estate agents, rather than on Gumtree or from private landlords, helps keep you safe from shady landlords and ensures you get a copy of, read, and sign the tenancy agreement and any other relevant documentation before you move in.

How to Meet People and Make Friends

If you’re moving to London on your own and will be living in your own place, you need to know how to meet people and make friends. The great thing about London is that there are hundreds, if not thousands, of people in the same boat. Many people have just arrived in London and are looking to extend their social networks, so they’re open to meeting new people.

Say yes to as many opportunities as you can. Go to parties, venture out with your work colleagues at lunchtime, and find out what’s happening in the city through sites like Timeout and Londonist. Soon enough you’ll have plenty of friends situated all over the city. One of the many great things about London is that it is such a multi-cultural city, meaning that it is also very easy to be accepted. So, no matter how much you might feel like an outsider, know that most newcomers feel the same but it’s easy to meet new people and make friends.

Driving in London

Everyone knows that driving in central London is an absolute nightmare. Even if you’re a confident driver and you can cope with sitting in the constant traffic jams, paying the daily congestion charge, and never finding anywhere to park, driving in London may be an option for you. However, most people who move to London don’t bother with a car because there are so many easier ways to travel around the city.

Public Transport Links in the City

London, City, London City, EnglandThe entirety of London is served by the public transport system and this is how most of London’s residents make their way around the city. One of the many considerations you need to make when making the move to London is living new public transport links. Although living close to main train stations can make rent prices increase, if you’re happy to take the bus, this may provide a better option. If you’re going to be taking public transport regularly, the cheapest way to travel around London is by purchasing an Oyster-card.

Finding the Right School

If you’re moving with your family, you should prioritise finding the right school for your children. Children who attend school in the UK are part of the UK’s education system which is compulsory for children between the ages of 4-18. Schools in London are regularly inspected by Ofsted, the results of which can be found on each school’s website. A school with at least a ‘good’ Ofsted result is often considered a school worth enrolling your child in.

One consideration regarding schools is which catchment area they are in. Often, families living in the immediate vicinity of the school get priority of places over children living in other catchment areas. However, if you choose to enrol your children into a private school, catchment areas do not apply.

Understand the Cost of Living in London

It is important to know that in London, you don’t need to pay the full price for anything! Although rent prices are expensive when you move to London, food and alcohol prices are fairly affordable. And you can also enjoy a number of fantastic free days out by taking advantage of the free art exhibitions, museums, parks, festivals, and more.

What’s more, there are so many websites, like Groupon, offering discounts, vouchers, and deals all around the city. Everyone in London uses them and it helps make the cost of living in London a little bit more bearable.

Explore the City for Yourself

London is a wonderfully diverse city and is continually growing and changing, with hundreds of new people and opportunities being added every single day. It goes without saying that there is so much to see and do and there is certainly a wealth of history and culture to discover. Once you’ve arrived, take some time to get outside and explore your local area and the sights, foods, shops, and experiences it has to offer.

Get to know where the best places to eat in your area are, where to go for entertainment, and where the best places are to buy groceries, go to the bank, and visit the post office. The best way to get to know London is to explore the city for yourself. There is so much to see and do in London and you’re sure to fall in love with so much of what this city offers.

Plan Your Move with Simply Removals

London, Regent Street, England, StreetWe know that moving home can be a stressful time and that’s why our team of removal experts work hard to ensure your move is carried out successfully. We are a local moving company you can trust, and we know the boroughs of London like the backs of our hands so can easily find our way around – wherever you’re moving to!

Simply Removals have three depots situated strategically around London to ensure we can easily get to any location in and around the M25. So, whether you’re based in North, East, West, or South London, we can provide a total removal service for you. If you’re looking for a well-established, professional, and trustworthy moving service you can trust, you’ve found it.

The Packing Service We Provide

For many people, the most daunting aspect of moving is organising all of their belongings and packing them up. However, our team at Simply Removals provide a quality packing service if you don’t have the time or simply don’t want to deal with this stressful process. We can even supply all the packing supplies needed to pack up your property for you.

It does not matter the size of your property or how many belongings you have, our team of experts can pack everything up for you so that it can be easily moved. We even offer services like furniture disassembly and re-assembly to help you get settled into your new home much faster.

Store Belongings Your Belongings with Us

If you move to London, it’s likely you’ll be downsizing due to price, location, and property sizes. So, either you’ll have to dispose of your unwanted furniture or store belongings you don’t need right now but would like to keep. Storage facilities are helpful for this and help keep your belongings safe and secure while you get your own place, settle in to city life, and work out what you’ll need on the daily.

Here at Simply Removals, we offer competitive storage prices so that you can store your furniture and other belongings for as long as you need to. Whether you’re moving into temporary accommodation or you simply don’t have space for all your belongings in your new home, our storage service is the solution.

Be Realistic About Your Move

Moving to London can be an enjoyable experience, but it is important to be realistic about your move, how long it will take, and how much it will cost. Moving to London can be a daunting experience – especially if you previously lived outside of a city. Be prepared for some culture shocks, but also get excited to experience a whole new way of living.

Go into your move with realistic expectations. Moving to and living in London isn’t always going to be perfect. In fact, there might be days where it is really difficult, and you question why you ever wanted to move there in the first place. But don’t give up! Life in London can be a life-changing experience, so embrace the good and the bad and do your best to enjoy every moment.

Is it possible you haven’t decided where you want to live in London yet? Do you want to find somewhere cheap? Check out our article on the 7 cheapest places to live in London.

For many people, moving house is a chance for a fresh start and they often begin the process by throwing out or selling all their unwanted items. So, you don’t want to give them something they don’t need or want only for it to clutter their property or get thrown away.

Below we’ve listed the best gifts you can give to anyone moving into a new home. Some are practical, while others are more decorative, but all of these new house gifts are sure to be appreciated by anyone who has just moved into a brand new home.

1. A Personalised Doormat Makes the Perfect Housewarming Gift

Front Doormat

Probably one of the most popular moving house gifts are doormats. Choosing a doormat sounds simple enough but when you consider it’s the first thing visitors to your home see when they knock on the door, you want to make a good impression.

While the main function of a doormat is to stop dirt from being traipsed into your home, it is also a decorative addition that can help improve the look and feel of your home before people even come inside.

When purchasing an outside doormat, you want something that is durable. such as rubber or brush, and will survive harsh weather. There are several websites that sell quality doormats but if you want a personalised one to give as a housewarming gift, the best place to buy is gettingpersonal.co.uk

If you’re looking for a bespoke moving house gift with a difference, a personalised doormat could be it.

2. Add Life to a New Home with House Plants

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Plants have the ability to transform any house into a home. It doesn’t matter the style or interior decor of the property, a plant makes the perfect housewarming gift. And there are so many fantastic options to choose from. Of course, you know your friend or family member best, so you know whether they’d benefit most from an easy-care plant or if they’d prefer something a little more symbolic (such as flowers that promise or represent happiness).

Some of the most popular and traditional plants to gift new homeowners are as follows:

And what’s more, if you don’t have the time to visit your local garden centre for the perfect plant, you can now get these fantastic gifts delivered straight to your door! One of the best tree gifting companies is tree2mydoor.com

They have a full range of unique and beautiful plants perfect for moving house gifts.

3. Give the Gift of Practicality with an Entryway Organiser

Entryway Organiser

Everyone loves a practical gift, especially when it’s something that helps make the running of their home more efficient. So, the next gift suggestion we have for anyone who has moved into a new home recently is an entryway organiser.

These fantastic gifts provide everything required to keep a household running smoothly. A place to hang coats, put phones, store shores, keep organisers, and put keys, an entryway organiser is something everyone needs.

What’s more, this fantastic gift can be purchased in a huge range of design options, colours, functionalities, and materials. So, you can find the very best option for your friend or loved one. The best place we would suggest to browse entryway organisers is on Etsy.com where you can find the perfect (and even personalised) entryway gift for a new home.

4. Celebrate a New Home with A Glass of Bubbly

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After the process of moving into a new home, the temptation is to sit back and relax. Gifting someone a bottle of bubbly can make for the perfect gift to enjoy after all the busyness is over and done with.

Bringing a bottle of bubbly is ideal as a housewarming gift if you’ve been invited to a party where the new homeowners are celebrating their new place. Turning up with a drink is always a winner, so we had to add this gift idea to our new house gift list.

Although you can purchase bottles of bubbly in any supermarket, you can buy personalised bottles in shops such as notonthehighstreet.com for that extra special touch.

5. Dreamy Kitchenware for a New Home

Colourful Kitchenware

For many people moving into a new home, the room that is the most expensive to furnish is the kitchen. Often, to save on cost, homeowners will buy cheap sets of plates, cutlery, and cups. So, a great gift idea is to purchase more desire kitchenware items such as a quality flower vase, stylish pasta bowls, or even a special selection of wine glasses. These thoughtful gifts are a great option for anyone’s new home and will surely be very well received.

One of the best places to purchase new home gifts from in the kitchenware department is Johnlewis.com popular for many of their home gifts, John Lewis have a huge variety of kitchenware items to choose from. So, you’re bound to find the perfect gift for somebody’s new home.

6. A Cosy Throw for Decoration and Warmth

Pile of Colourful Throws

Many popular housewarming gifts are those that not only look great but that also have practical application. Purchasing a cosy throw is a great gift idea for anyone who has just moved into a new home.

Not only are there a huge variety of throws available to purchase online, but there are so many patterns and colours to choose from. So, you can find the colour, pattern, and design your friend or loved one will like the most.

One of the best places to purchase decorative but warm and cosy throws from is anthropologie.com as this store has a huge range of throws suitable for all styles and preferences.

7. A Big Decorative Fruit Bowl

Colourful Fruit Bowl

There’s not much more satisfying than gifting something to someone only to find it centre-stage in their home the next time you go round to visit. A great decorative option for many new homes, decorative fruit bowls look fantastic while also providing a practical use.

There are so many places you can buy fruit bowls from but we would suggest is steamer.co.uk Not only does this shop provide a wide variety of household items, but they are high-quality and will last for many years to come.

We Know What Our Customers Want

That sums up our new home gift list suggestions. As professional home-movers based in London, we know the intricacies of moving house and we’ve been moving people and businesses into new properties for decades. So, we know what people want and this list of housewarming gifts come from a team of movers who know what people want and don’t want in their brand new home.

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London will this year become the world’s first National Park City. Its new status, launched on May 1, will be celebrated by a series of crowd-funded events in parks across the capital to encourage turning even more of London green, through green roofs, “living” walls and rain gardens that absorb … read more

Why Can’t I Get a Refund on My £500 Deposit for a Help-to-Buy Home?

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After a nine-month wait for a handover date, I couldn’t get our money back, paid a £500 deposit on a new-build flat using the help-to-buy scheme. The development was supposed to be completed three months later, but nine months on there was still no handover date, so I withdrew. But … read more

House Sales Slump in Capital’s ‘Sick’ Market

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There were fewer sales in 28 of the capital’s 33 boroughs, latest figures show… read more

Why Cleaning Up After Tenants Who Have Moved Out Shouldn’t be Left to the Landlord

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The accidental landlord sighs, snaps on her Marigolds and prepares to clear up a year’s worth of muck as young professionals leave without cleaning properly when their tenancy ends… read more

London House Price Forecast for 2020 Drops from 5% to Zero as Brexit Negotiations Stall

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It’s not Brexit itself that’s affecting the London property market, but the endless uncertainty surrounding it…read more

The thought of home removals is stressful for many people and the concept of packing everything and transporting it to a new property can seem overwhelming. However, there are a number of simple ways you can help make life easier for yourself on moving day. Whether you’re only moving down the road, across the country, or overseas, we’ve got the moving tips you need to help make the entire process a little bit easier.

Organise Your Move as Early as Possible

When you’re moving into a new property, the best thing you can do is start preparing for the move as early as possible. There is nothing worse on moving day than making those last minute arrangements. The best thing you can do to make moving home easier is to start organising early. We would recommend you start organising everything between 4-8 weeks before moving day. You can even refer to our full moving house checklist to make sure you don’t miss anything.

Luggage, Packed, Travel, Trip, SuitcaseGive Away Items You Don’t Want or Need

The first step to moving into a new house is donating or giving away any items you don’t want or no longer need. There is no point moving house and transporting a number of items you no longer need into your new home, only for them to take up unnecessary space. Save yourself time, energy, and space by decluttering your home, it will make the moving process so much easier.

Start Packing as Soon as Possible

Packing all of your belongings into cardboard boxes and wrapping your cups and plates in bubble wrap is one of the most time-consuming aspects of moving. So, if you want to have an easier moving day than most, it’s great to start packing as soon as possible. Get together your packing material and start packing the belongings that are not necessary for daily use such as books, picture frames, and ornaments. Making a start on packing these items can make moving day a whole lot easier.

Book a Professional Moving Company

Moving is made significantly easier with the support of a professional removal company. Professionals like our team of experts can pack your belongings, dissemble furniture, and even move everything to your new property. If you want moving day to be a success, booking a professional moving company can make all the difference.

Pack a Bag of Essentials

Luggage, Antique, Teddy, Soft ToyOne of the things people don’t consider when moving into a new property is packing a bag of essentials. Once you’re all moved in to your new place and surrounded by boxes, the last thing you want to do is riffle around trying to find your toothbrush. Even if you’re only moving down the road, having a bag of essentials packed makes the process of moving house significantly easier.

Your essentials bag should be filled with all the items you need to function easily over the next few days. A fresh change of clothes, toothbrush, phone chargers, toilet paper, and perhaps even some of your favourite snacks will help take away some of the stress of moving.

Notify Your Contact List

There are so many must-dos when moving into a new home and one of the most important things to remember is to notify your contact list. You need to notify everyone on your contact list, including utilities and companies that have your address. We have written a full list of everyone you need to notify when you’re moving into a new house.

Create an Inventory List of Your Belongings

Creating an inventory list before moving day is a great way to know which of your belongings are in what box. What’s more, you’ll be able to easily tell if you’re missing an item and you’ll easily be able to check off items as the boxes are delivered to your new home.

Top tip: Label your boxes, it makes the moving process significantly easier.

Hire a Domestic Cleaner

Leaving your property clean and moving into a clean home is an absolute must. While having a clean home may sound like a faraway dream, particularly during moving, the help of a domestic cleaner can make your clean home dreams a reality. Hire a domestic cleaner to clean your new home before you move in. Professional cleaners mean you won’t turn up to your new home to find it covered in grime.

While it’s great moving into a clean home, it is also important to hire a domestic cleaner for your old home. Cleaning your old home after you’ve moved out is a nice courtesy to whoever is moving in and will also allow for a final sweep to ensure you’ve not left anything behind.

Take Pictures of Your Electronics

Library, Books, Tv, Multimedia, RoomOnce you’ve moved into your new property and begun unpacking a couple of boxes, you’ll want to rest and relax in front of a movie or your favourite TV programme. However, organising all the wires and plugging everything in can be the last job you want to deal with. So, something that will make the process easier is to take pictures of your electronics as they are before unplugging and packing them. That way, you’ll be able to sees how and where cords are attached to make your move-in that little bit easier on the day.

Consider Storing Your Storage Options

When moving into a new property, it can be difficult knowing where to put larger items of furniture. Will they fit in your new place? What if they don’t, would you be happy to simply get rid of them? If you’ve got some extra items in your property that you either don’t know what to do with or that won’t fit in your new place, it may be worth considering storage solutions.

Storing your belongings is a fantastic way to make the process of moving house easier and it also means you don’t need to figure out every single thing before moving day. Can’t decide whether you want to keep that old chest of drawers or your grandmother’s writing desk? Put it in storage.

Treat Yourself

With all the jobs that need to be completed when moving house, the considerations that need to be made, and the packing that needs to be done, it’s important you have something to look forward to. Once all the moving boxes have been moved and you’ve made it into your new home, it’s time to relax. Treat yourself with your favourite takeaway, a movie, or even a really early night.

When moving into a new property, no matter how organised you are, you can’t get everything done in one day. So, it’s important you give yourself a change to rest and relax before tomorrow comes and you’ve got to continue unpacking.

Huge drop in Shropshire social housing building

housing news decemberIn addition to those completed last year, 110 social rental homes were started in Telford & Wrekin and four in Shropshire.

It is a massive drop in Shropshire, where in 2010/11 258 were completed – more than in the last seven years combined.

In Telford, social rental building peaked in 1994/95, when 353 homes were completed, more than in the last four years combined.

For more information on this article, click here.

Affordable housing plans given green light in Reading

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New affordable homes are coming to Reading, but it’s not yet known how many.

Reading Borough Council’s planning committee liked the plans from Lochailort to knock down the old Reading Family Centre in North Street and replace it with 47 homes.

The authority has given permission for two separate plans on the site, one of which is 100 per cent affordable housing, which would be managed by the council or a housing association.

The other plan is 30 per cent affordable housing which amounts to 14 homes.

Head over to In Your Area for more information.

Grant of millions given to Watford Community housing for new social housing

housing news decemberWatford Community Housing has secured £3.3m grant from Homes England, a public body that funds affordable housing in the country, to help deliver social housing in Watford.

Watford Borough Council working in partnership with the association plans to deliver 55 new homes with the money given by the grant in 2019 – some of the homes will be in Bowmans Green and Woodmere Avenue.

Head over to the Watford Observer for more information.

Brexit gloom to hit housing market into 2019, says RICS

housing news decemberUncertainty and gloom about Brexit are likely to hit the UK housing market well into next year, surveyors believe.

The latest report from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) predicts that the number of homes being sold – and their prices – will fall over the next three months.

Fewer people are interested in moving, and fewer want to sell.

Each home is already taking an average of four months to sell, the longest period since records began in 2016.

“It is evident from the feedback to the latest RICS survey that the ongoing uncertainties surrounding how the Brexit process plays out is taking its toll on the housing market,” said Simon Rubinsohn, RICS’ chief economist.

Hear more of what the RICS’ chief economist has to say over at the BBC.

UK housing crisis hurts the young and the poor

housing news decemberGaby Hinsliff’s forebodings (If a house price crash sounds like good news, you should think again, 30 November) are for the haves, not the have-nots. Unless prices come back to a mortgageable multiplier of average local earnings, more and more young adults and families without inherited property wealth face a lifetime of insecure renting.

Neither is there much hope for them in “affordable homes” when developers can reduce or avoid provision if they argue that it would bring a scheme’s profit margin below 20%.

Fore more information on the housing crisis, continue reading over at The Guardian.

Is student housing too exhousing news decemberpensive?

The average price of student accommodation in the UK has increased by almost a third over the last six years, according to the new Accommodation Costs Survey 2018. The research, run by student housing charity Unipol and National Union of Students (NUS), found that the increase had been underpinned by more upmarket accommodation.

But the NUS has warned that it has created a ‘real affordability problem’. What’s the average cost of living at university? We look at everything from accommodation and transport to clothing and coffee.

You can find out more over at Which.

Housing association acquires construction firm

housing news decemberThirteen Homes, the housing development arm of housing association Thirteen Group, acquired 100% of the Hartlepool-based Gus Robinson Developments for an undisclosed amount.

Currently Thirteen Homes develops houses for outright sale, and Thirteen Group reinvests the profits into social housing delivery.

Gus Robinson, which predicts revenue for the current year in the region of £25m, will deliver affordable housing schemes and specialist housing projects in addition to properties for outright sale.

For more information on this, head over to Inside Housing.

Large Southern housing association shifts to land-led development

housing news decemberIn an interview, Mark Washer said that despite Sovereign having built 85% of its housing through Section 106 historically, it would now shift towards being the lead developer on more sites.

Section 106 is a mechanism through which local authorities require developers to provide a percentage of affordable housing on their developments. This housing is then managed by housing associations.

Fore more on the housing shifts, click here.

There’s no doubt about it, moving house can be stressful, not least over the Christmas season. Moving into a new property is extremely time-consuming and it takes a lot to pack all your belongings into boxes, transport them to your new place, and unpack once you’re there. So, you can only imagine how much more stressful the whole process can be with Christmas added to the mix.

As a professional removal company, we can help you save time on your move, even amidst all the stress of Christmas-time. We’ve also put together some helpful tips to make the moving process easier for you right before your festive Christmas celebrations.

Consider the Weather Forecast

Winter, Snow, Sunrise, Sunset, ColorsIn the UK, the weather during the Christmas season can be temperamental and in some parts of the country, there may even be snow. Snow and ice on the ground play havoc with removal vans, so it is important you salt your driveway to ensure the removals team don’t slip when transporting your belongings between your home and the removals van.

If the weather is particularly cold and wintery, make sure you wear a warm coat, gloves, hat, and scarfs. It might sound like advice your mother would give you, but it will help prevent you having the extra stress of getting a cold over the festive season.

Don’t Forget Important Pieces of Paperwork

Sometimes during the moving chaos, it can be easy to forget those important documents such as bills and other paperwork. To ensure you don’t forget anything important, we have written a full moving checklist to help you remember everything you need to.

Plan the Entire Trip

There are so many things to consider when moving house at Christmas time and one of the best things you can do to make the process easier is planning the entire trip. Consider what the weather is doing, what day of the week you’re going to move, and how long the journey will take. Planning ahead is a great way to ensure a stress-free move at such a busy time of year.

Don’t Forget Your Utilities

Light, Lamp, Electricity, Power, DesignThe worst thing you can do when moving over the Christmas season is forgetting to take into consideration all your utility bills. Make sure you review all remaining bills from your electricity or gas supplier, water supplier, building taxes, and internet suppliers. You also need to ensure you inform all the above-mentioned suppliers that you’re moving home. If you take care of this in advance, you’ll be able to enjoy the festivities without having to worry.

Give Everyone Your New Address

Christmas time is when so many people receive huge numbers of cards, presents, and messages from family and friends. However, you won’t be receiving any of these things if you don’t update your address! Let everyone in your phone book know where you’re moving to so they know where to send those highly-anticipated Christmas gifts.

Confirm Your Moving Date

Christmas is a busy time of year and it is easy for things to be overlooked. So, it is important to confirm everything you do. One of the most important confirmations you need to make is your moving date. Hiring a professional moving company is a great choice for your move as it helps reduce any stress, helping your move go smoothly. However, as the date gets closer it is important to confirm your moving date with the company. Don’t leave it until the last minute and cause yourself unnecessary stress.

Organise Your Packing

Baggage, Luggage, Bag, Suitcase, TravelPacking is the task that takes the longest, so the best thing you can do to make things easier during the Christmas season is to start organising your packing early. Start with small steps and work through every room of your home little by little to declutter, organise, and pack. Labelling each and every box you pack is extremely important and makes it much easier for you to find the things you need. The sooner you start, the easier the process will be.

Dismantle Furniture Early

Our team can help dismantle your furniture so that you don’t have to. We know how stressful moving can be and that’s why we’re here to help you every step of the way. Dismantling furniture can take a long time – especially if items are big, chunky, or difficult to take apart. So, it is best to dismantle your furniture early to relieve any stress.

Top tip: store all screws and furniture accessories you remove in clearly labelled bags so that you can easily put the furniture items back together once you’ve moved in.

Let Our Team Help Make Your Move Easier

By following the advice and moving process tips we’ve mentioned above, you can help make your move at Christmas a whole lot easier. Not only will our advice help you stay organised and in control of the festive moving process, but it will also help give you some extra time to get that last-minute Christmas shopping done.

If you would like help with your move over Christmas, if you need packing supplies, or you would like our team to take full control of your move, call us today. We would be more than happy to help make your move easier over the Christmas season.

30,000 empty homes and nowhere to live: inside Dublin’s housing crisis

housing news novemberThe room Jenny Quinn shares with her 10-year-old son is about 10 sq metres, kitted out with the most basic furniture and dominated by what looks like a prison-issue metal bunkbed on which they both sleep. There is a small en suite bathroom; behind a heavy wooden shutter, the window looks out on to a bare expanse of concrete.

“He’s in drama therapy in school, for anxiety,” she tells me. “He cries a lot. He doesn’t believe in Santy [Father Christmas] any more. He’s not an angry child, but he’s lonely: he’s so, so lonely. There’s no kids his age here: they’re all babies. The PlayStation’s his best friend, because he can get on that headset and talk to his friends from school. That’s it.”

For the full article, read here.

Podcast: Council housing strikes back

housing news novemberLast summer, research manager Victoria Pinoncely was co-author of the think tank’s report, “Borough Builders: Delivering more housing across London”. She tells me about the role the capital’s 32 boroughs could play in solving its housing crisis, and the barriers preventing them from doing so. We also talk about the lessons all this holds for the rest of the country, as well as the housing market in her native France.

Also this week, I talk to Andrew Carter, chief executive of the Centre for Cities, for our regular Ask the Expert segment. In a sort of sequel to our conversation in episode 110, I ask something that’s been bothering me for a while. Every other industrial revolution has created jobs and raised incomes – so why is everyone fretting that the automation one be any different?

You can read the full article here.

More than 400,000 first time buyers step onto the housing ladder with Help to Buy

housing news novemberOver 458,000 completions have taken place overall using one or more of the Help to Buy schemes. Some 402,000 of which were first time buyers.

Quarterly Help to Buy statistics released today (Friday 30 November) also show that:

Norwich council offices to be turned into social housing

housing news novemberEmpty offices are to be converted into council homes in a £1.1m plan to ease a city’s social housing waiting list.

Norwich City Council is to turn its former neighbourhood offices in Bullard Road into seven new homes, including one adapted for disabled tenants.

The move is designed to take pressure off the 4,000-strong waiting list and provide more four-bedroom homes.

The council has unanimously approved the finances, but the scheme still needs planning permission.

You can read more here.

Moving house is both an exciting and stressful time. We’re a removals service based in London, so we know how stressful moving house can be. Packing up everything you own into piles of boxes can leave you wondering how you accumulated so much stuff. Then you find yourself staring at the mountain of boxes and wondering how on earth you will transport them to your new place and what moving van to hire.

While hiring a van when you’re moving house makes the process of home removals easier. But there are a number of things to consider if you hire a van, such as doing all the packing, moving, and driving yourself! In the long run, hiring a van may not be the best solution after all…

Is Removal Van Hire Cost-Effective?

If you’ve ever moved house before, you know how expensive the whole process can be. And it’s no surprise that many people try to do as much by themselves as they can. However, the cost of hiring a van, paying for petrol, protecting damaged items with insurance, and sacrificing your time can make van removal hire an expensive option.

You’re much better off hiring a home removals company to sort your home move as it’s far more cost-efficient. Hiring a removals company provides you with so many benefits, including packing services, lifting heavy items, furniture disassembly, and transportation. And if you hire our home removal services, we provide everything you need without breaking the bank!

How to Hire the Right Sized Van

When you’re moving house, the size of the van can affect the process significantly. If you’re moving from a very small space, you’ll likely need a small van for transporting all your belongings. However, if you’re moving a houseful of occupants and huge items of furniture, you’ll want to do a couple of trips in a big van.

Finding the right van for your move can be a tricky task. However, hiring a home removals company takes away that problem. Our team are able to provide the right size van for your home removal needs at a time that suits you best! We will talk through your requirements, consider the number of items you need to move and their sizes, and source the right van for the job. All you need to do is ring us up and ask!

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Does Hiring a Van Mean I Have to Do Everything?

To put it simply; yes. If you hire a van to move your belongings, it’s your responsibility to pack, dissemble, and transport everything you own to your new home. This can be a huge responsibility and also leave you vulnerable to expensive costs if precious items are broken during the removal process.

If you hire our professional home removal service, we will help you move everything safely and efficiently so that you can get to your new home easily and without any problems. Let us take the stress out of moving by sorting everything for you! We can take care of everything so that you can worry about more important things.

Consider Who’s Helping You Move

When hiring your own van, packing up boxes and loading the van with heavy furniture items can be very time-consuming – you’ll need help! However, what if your friends aren’t available or you don’t have anyone to help you move? You’re a bit stuck.

Hiring a professional removal company cuts out this problem entirely as we have a team of workers available to help move your possessions. What’s more, our team are fully-trained and experienced at handling heavy items of furniture. We use special lifting equipment and techniques to help avoid injury. Having professionals help you move gets the job done significantly faster than loading a van yourself with a couple of mates. And what’s more, it avoids any unnecessary mistakes, breakages, or injuries.

Moving Difficult Items and What to Do

Many of us have a couple of furniture items that we’d consider large and awkward to move. Some items are very oversized and, as a result, can be difficult to manoeuvre around tight corners or through doorways. Hiring a van means you have to plan and work out how to move said items out of your old property and into your new one. And you have to manage it without damaging walls, doors, or the furniture items themselves – definitely not an easy task!

Hiring a professional removal service means the difficult items you own are dealt with by our experts. You will have a team of our very best removal specialists working to move those tricky items for you – saving you significant time and money.

Hiring a Van? You’ll Need Insurance for Damages

Most home contents insurance policies only cover the risks of moving into a new house if you use a professional removals company. So, if you’re moving properties with a van of your own, be careful not to break any fragile items as you will likely have to replace them out of your own pocket!

However, by hiring a professional home removals service, any damages will be covered by either your home insurance or the company’s insurance policy – saving you stressing over cost!

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Consider Hiring a Removals Service

If the thought of packing all of your belongings and transporting them to your new property is something you simply do not have time for, consider hiring a removal service. Moving house takes time and hiring a professional moving service can mean all the packing, sorting, and transportation needed is sorted so that you don’t have to worry.

Our team perform thousands of home moves every year and are fully-qualified to help with any removal job – no matter how big or small it is! Our experts know what it takes to complete your move efficiently and safely. With over 30 years’ experience in the removals industry, you can rest assured we will provide the home removal services you need.

We Load the Vans for You

Think about all those heavy furniture items you have and that washing machine at the top of the stairs. There are plenty of everyday household items we own that are extremely heavy and difficult to move. What’s more attempting to do so on your own or without the proper equipment can cause you damage to your back. So, it is best to let us do the loading for you.

Our team have the safety training and handling procedures covered to lift those heavy items and load them on to the van for you. What’s more, we ensure they are properly secured so that they won’t be rolling around in the back while we’re on the road.

Our Team are Equipped to Deal with Last-Minute Challenges

With the stress of moving and all the considerations you’ve had to think about, there can often be a couple of important things you’ve missed. For example: parking near your house for the removals van, how bad weather may affect the move, or the dismantling of difficult furniture items. Whatever the problem, our team at Simply Removals are equipped to deal with any last-minute challenges, allowing you to focus on other things.

How We Choose the Right Removals Van for You

We know how important choosing the right removals van is for every home removal job we complete. When it comes to removals vans, there are two very important factors our customers like to consider and that is cost and size. But we’re here to help make your moving day as stress-free as possible, which is why we help find and provide the right removal van size for your move. And we do all of that without breaking your budget!

The Removal Vans We Provide

We operate four main types of home removal vans, ranging from small to large in size – each of which serves a different purpose:

1. The Medium Wheel Base Transit Van/Sprinter Van
2. The Long Wheel Base Transit Van/Sprinter Van
3. The 3.5 Tonne Luton Van (with tail lift)
4. The 7.5 Tonne Luton Lorry (with tail lift)

What’s more, if you’re confused by  van jargon, our team are available to talk through your requirements and advise you on the best van for your needs.

We are the Only Removals Van Hire You Need

Hire our home removal services today and discover for yourself how efficiently we can get you moved into your new home. We will take on all the furniture dissemble, packing, loading and transportation for you so that you don’t need to worry about anything. Get the full package with our unbeatable home removals service.