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.

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.

Issues With House Buying Process Highlighted

Anyone who has ever bought their own property, or sold a property move into a new home, will probably tell you that the experience was quite a stressful one.

The Conveyancing Association has released a white paper examining the main issues with the property purchasing process in England and Wales, including looking at ways to deal with them.

A lack of transparency, a lack of certainty and delays were the main areas of concern highlighted by extensive research among property professionals including solicitors, estate agents and mortgage brokers.

Both professionals and customers found the lack of certainty in the process concerning, with last-minute exchange and completion dates, changeable moving dates and no binding contract adding to the stress.

When you need to organise a house removals service in Bristol or elsewhere, these things can make it difficult to pin down a moving date until the last minute, which is far from ideal.

The association also highlighted a number of things that cause delays in the purchase process in England and Wales, including local authority searches, anti-money laundering processes and enquiries.

By comparing the situation in England and Wales to other jurisdictions, including Scotland and the USA, the organisation has made a number of recommendations on how to make the process smoother and less stressful for all involved.

The Conveyancing Association will be hosting a conference on 1 December 2016 and is calling on professionals involved in the sector to attend to discuss its proposals and how the process can be improved for all involved.

5 Tips For Moving House At Christmas

Moving day is always stressful but if you find yourself having to relocate over Christmas, it can become a hundred times worse. Maybe even a thousand. However, with a bit of planning and forethought it doesn’t have to be all that bad. Here are five tips to help you out.

Plan ahead

Try and sort out your moving date so it’s before December 24th. And you should always confirm your moving date well in advance so you know what kind of goals you’re working towards.

Sort your quotes out

Make sure you’re organised enough that you’ve got several quotes from different removals companies and you can pick your favourite one, so you can move out on the day you want – not on the day you’re left with. This will also give you a target of when you have to get everything done by.

Have salt and grit to hand

It’s December and here in the UK they’re predicting that we’re going to see 120 days of snow this winter, so make sure you’re prepared for slippery roads and driveways, and have lots of salt and grit at your disposal.

Do your Christmas shopping first

You’re going to be so busy with the move that you could quite easily forget about your Christmas shopping. Stock the fridge and freezer early so you know you’ve got all the food you need, and get your present shopping done as soon as you can.

Decorations

Make sure you label your Christmas decorations clearly so you can find them easily in amongst all the muddle. That way you can make your new home really festive, which will help you all settle in.

For house removals in Bristol, contact us here at Excalibur Removals.

House Buyers Warned To Check For Flood Risks

If you’re looking for a new home, you’d be wise to check whether the property is in a flood risk area or you could find yourself caught out terribly during the winter months.

New research from the Association of British Insurers (ABI) has found that fewer than one in three people actually do some research to find out whether the property they’re interested in could be affected by floods, with house buyers more likely to check how easy it is to park and what the council tax costs are first.

Given that one in six houses across England and Wales are actually at risk of flooding from surface water, the sea or rivers, it would perhaps be very wise indeed to see what the chances of a flood are before you exchange contracts and sort out house removals in Bristol or elsewhere. You certainly don’t want any nasty surprises after you’ve moved in!

“Flooding is a growing threat that as a nation we have to adapt to living with. As the floods of last winter reminded us, being flooded is horribly traumatic and can leave people out of their home or business for months. Anyone whose property is at flood risk needs to be aware of that so they can take steps to protect themselves,” director of general insurance policy at the ABI James Dalton said.

New research from the Local Government Association has just this month (October 1st) found that more than 15,000 homes and businesses in the UK were flooded in just eight areas last year – so if you live in Leeds, Calderdale, Lancashire, north Yorkshire, York, Northumberland or Kirklees, you’d be wise to be on your guard.