Uncover Bristol’s Secret History

If you’re in the process of organising house removals in Bristol and will be setting up home in this wonderful city for the first time, you have so much to look forward to.

There’s a thriving cultural and arts scene here, and there’s also a lot of history to discover, if you know where to look.

To help you as you find your way in your new city, the Bristol Post recently highlighted some of the top secret historic sites it has to offer – even if you’ve lived here for years you may not know about all of these.

First up are the slipper baths at the Bristol South Swimming Baths. The swimming pool is still in use, but the slipper baths – a common feature in the Victorian era – have remained closed and untouched for decades. You can explore them on annual Bristol Doors open days.

You can also seek out the door to nowhere. This slightly odd feature can be found on Rutland House in Hotwells. The door was left where it was, despite the fact that it now leads nowhere, because it was deemed a historic feature when the house was redeveloped into flats in the 1970s.

Make sure you also head to Temple Church in Redhills, because the bell tower leans by over 1.5m. The church was constructed in the 1400s, so even without its leaning tower, it’s worth a visit.

As well as all the historical sites there’s plenty more to look out for. One feature to check out is the city’s latest bridge by Castle Park, which developer Cubex even asked locals to help name last year.

Bristol Most Desirable City For House hunters

Bristol is now the most desirable city for house hunters, so the best removals Bristol has to offer are likely to be in high demand.

A new poll by the online estate agents RightMove has shown that Bristol is the most popular place that people looking for a home search for outside of London.

It is followed by searches for homes in these places:

  1. Bristol, Bristol
  2. York, Birmingham
  3. Norwich, Leeds
  4. Edinburgh, Manchester
  5. Sheffield, Nottingham
  6. Birmingham, Liverpool
  7. Cambridge, Glasgow

It is popular among both renters and buyers, with many attracted to the city due to the diversity the local area offered.

Sam Riddell, senior branch manager of Andrews Property Group in Bishopston  told the Bristol Post: “Bristol has something for everyone, from the bohemian streets of St Werburghs to the grandeur of Clifton Village.”

Bristol was named the best place to live back in 2017, according to the Sunday Times Best Places to Live Guide.

Many cite the quirky city’s nightlife as a big draw for many people, with the city boasting a university and young demographic. However, the technology jobs in the local area, coupled with the arts scene there have cemented the city as a favourite.

The Sunday Times list considers crime rates, schools and house prices, among other aspects in order to decide which areas are the best places to live in the UK.

Bristol Property Prices Up On Last Year

The average cost of buying a home in Bristol has increased 6.1 per cent compared to last year, new data has shown.

According to the latest house price research from Hometrack, a company that’s part of the Zoopla group, Bristol came eighth in the list of cities that have seen the biggest house price increases in the UK this year.

A home in the city now costs an average of £277,600, the website revealed, making it the most expensive place to buy a property in the top ten.

Heading up the list of places that have experienced the biggest house price growth is Glasgow, where values have shot up by 7.9 per cent in the past year. However, the average property in the Scottish city comes in at £122,800, considerably lower than Bristol.

Insight director at Hometrack Richard Donnell commented: “Over the last 12 months there has been a dramatic south to north shift in the momentum of house price growth, which has culminated in Glasgow registering the fastest rate of house price inflation in the UK.”

The only other southern city, apart from Bristol, to make the top ten was Southampton, which came in at tenth place with price growth of 5.4 per cent.

Hometrack is anticipating that regional cities will continue to drive house price growth in the UK, as the larger markets like London continue to slow in the coming months.

If you’re thinking of moving to Bristol, you may want to get on top of the process and start arranging home removals to Bristol before house prices increase too much further.

For anyone who isn’t sure where in Bristol is right for them, take a look at our blog highlighting the three best spots to live in the city. Among them is Totterdown, which is known for its family-friendly atmosphere and good schools.

Bristol Promised Underground In Ten Years

Bristol’s mayor Marvin Rees has announced that he plans to deliver an underground network of three railway lines for Bristol by 2027.

Under the proposals, there would be lines linking the city centre to Bristol Airport, Bradley Stoke and Emersons Green and the scheme is expected to cost £4 billion to deliver.

Mr Rees told the BBC that the city needs to provide people with an alternative to driving. “We have no viable mass transit system in the city and we’ve got to give people a viable alternative to using the car,” he stated.

He added that creating an underground network would “protect the beautiful surface of our city”.

However, the proposals have been met with scepticism by many, with the Bristol Post pointing out that there are a number of other infrastructure projects in the city that have yet to get off the ground – and that an underground system will be more complicated.

Others have been supportive of the plans, and urged other Bristolians to do the same. Jane Sommerville told the publication that this project is much needed in the city and urged others to get behind it.

“Perhaps instead of moaning and complaining, people could try and support new ideas and help shape them,” she stated.

If you’re in the process of looking for a new home in Bristol and arranging home removals in Bristol, you may want to consider where the new lines are proposed to go, as properties within easy reach of an underground stop are likely to be highly sought after, if the plans come to fruition.

Tips To Cut The Cost Of Moving

The cost of moving home can seem to add up very quickly. Aside from the big expenses like a deposit, stamp duty and solicitors fees, there are all the extra things you need to splash out on when you change homes, like removals in Bristol.

While it’s always going to be an expensive business, there are some ways of reducing those costs, with What House? recently offering a number of tips to those who are planning to move home.

The first piece of advice is to declutter as much as you can. That means being a bit ruthless with old clothes, children’s toys and other knick-knacks you have lying around but never really use. Aside from meaning you’ll have less boxes to take with you, it also stops you just moving clutter from one home to another without ever really sorting it properly.

Another recommendation is to get a removal company to come to your home before giving you a quote. This will allow them to get a real idea of how much stuff you have to take with you, not to mention how easy (or difficult) it will be to remove things like furniture from your current home.

Then they can provide you with an accurate quote, so you hopefully won’t be hit with unexpected charges after your move.

The website also suggests taking your furniture apart yourself, and reassembling it the other end, if you’re comfortable with that. While many removal firms will happily do this for you, it can increase the cost.

And given that the cost of moving home was cited by 13 per cent of people as a barrier to moving in a survey published recently by Attic Self Storage, finding ways to save money here and there could make all the difference.