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.

Are Prince Harry & Meghan Markle Moving To Bristol?

It’s the news we’ve all been waiting for since they started dating – Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are finally engaged and will be tying the knot in spring next year… and perhaps even more excitingly than that, it’s possible that they’ll be moving in or around Bristol once they’ve said their vows.

According to the Bristol Post, the village of Luckington – just outside the city – has been pipped to be the destination of choice for the happy couple, which no doubt will spark an interest in properties in the village and its outlying areas from other house hunters as well.

Luckington itself is a beautiful little township nestled in the heart of the Cotswolds near Yate and Chipping Sodbury, although if you’re keen to move to this wonderful part of the world you may struggle to find a property in the village itself.

There are just four properties listed on Rightmove in the area at the moment so you’ll have to be quick – and you’ll also have to have a pretty penny put away as well. There’s an eight-bedroom detached house up for grabs at Luckington Court, a stunning Grade II-listed 11th century house with original Tudor features, but it’ll set you back a cool £7,750,000!

Or at the other end of the scale there’s a two-bed detached stone bungalow on School Lane in Luckington for sale that will cost you £350,000. The price was reduced in September so you might be able to haggle your way into getting a bargain if your skills are up to scratch.

For house removals in Bristol, get in touch with the Excalibur Removals team today.

Bristol Primary Schools Among The Country’s Best

If you have a family and are thinking of relocating to Bristol, one of the things you’re likely to be concerned about is your children’s education.

But fear not, as six primary schools in the top 500 listed in the latest Sunday Times Parent Power Schools Guide 2018 are located in Bristol.

The highest ranked is Clifton College, which is at number 78, while SS Peter and Paul RC Primary School, Victoria Park Primary School and Waycroft Academy are among the others that feature in the Sunday Times List, the Bristol Post reported.

Bishop Road Primary School and Elmlea Junior School also made it into the top 500, out of almost 15,000 schools in England.

What’s more, three primary schools in nearby South Gloucestershire all made it into the top 200 – Watermore Primary School in Frampton Cotterell was the highest ranked in this area at number 91.

So, whether you’re moving to Bristol for work, or simply because you love the city and are keen to experience all it has to offer with your family, you can be confident in the quality of the education your kids will receive once you’ve unpacked after using removal companies in Bristol and have settled into your new home.

But it isn’t only the quality of the primary education you can look forward to in Bristol – the city is renowned for its universities and the University of Bristol has recently submitted plans for a new city centre campus that will deliver state-of-the-art education and research facilities if the proposals are approved.

How To Spend Christmas In Bristol This Year

If you’re new to the south-west, having just sorted out home removals in Bristol, you’re probably wondering what to get up to now all the pesky unpacking has done. Luckily, you’ve chosen to move house at a great time of year, as Bristol really comes alive at Christmas… so you certainly won’t be bored and you’ll have an amazing time exploring your new city.

The Christmas markets opened six days ago and they’ll stay that way until December 24th, so you have plenty of time to get all your shopping done, as well as drinking lots of gluhwein and gorging yourself on all sorts of delicious food from the continent. What could be better than that?

Our top picks for the markets this year are the traditional roasted chestnuts served from an ‘olde tyme’ barrow and Rubis Chocolate Wine, which is a blend of Spanish red wine and cocoa… Yummy!

There’s also a Bzzaar Makers Market popping up between December 1st and 3rd, another good shopping opportunity if you’ve not got all your presents yet. On December 16th, the Bristol Show Choir will be out and about in the Bristol Shopping Quarter for your festive entertainment, so put that date in your diary as well.

Winter Wonderland is on at Cribbs Causeway, with the biggest outdoor ice rink in the south-west, a Christmas train ride and an Enchanted Ice Castle – fun for all the family!

Alternatively, you could head off to the American Museum for a spot of Christmas wreath making, or Tyntesfield where you’ll be transported to Christmas past and see how the Victorians celebrated at this time of year. Whatever you choose to do, you’re sure to have a great time!

3 Of The Best Places To Live In Bristol

Moving house can be a very exciting time (though not without its trials and tribulations, of course) and working out where you want to live can be a lot of fun. Bristol, we’re proud to say, has just been named as the best place to live in the Sunday Times Best Places to Live Guide, taking into account school performances, house prices and crime rates – so here are our picks of some of the best places to consider moving to in and around the city. Enjoy!

Totterdown

Chances are you’ll recognise this part of Bristol, because it’s famous for its beautiful rows of coloured town houses, just south of the river and not too far from Temple Meads train station. Roads are very steep here so make sure you wear sensible shoes! It’s quite family oriented, so perfect if you have young children and the likes of the nearby Perrett’s and School Road parks will keep you all entertained when the sun shines.

Leigh Woods

This little suburb is simply stunning, nestled among local woodlands and some impressive botanical gardens. As beautiful as it is, expect to shell out the big bucks for houses. According to Rightmove, two-bedroom flats go for around £325,000, while a three-bed semi on Burwalls Road will set you back a cool £1,250,000.

Southville

If you want to live in the heart of the city, this would be a good choice. The majority of homes were built to house workers in the coal mining industry or those who were employed by the local tobacco factories. Locally, you’ll find Dame Emily Park, Greville Smyth Park, the Bristol South swimming pool, lots of bars and restaurants… you certainly won’t be bored!

Call the Excalibur team to find out more about Bristol house removals today.