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The Bristol housing market – buying and selling in the city

Whether you’re buying, selling or renting a house or flat in Bristol, I’m sure, like me, you have a few tales to tell on the process.

We moved here from London. Trying to buy a house ‘long distance’ in Bristol is very hard. Our buying story ended when my husband, who was working in Bristol during the week, got a taxi up the Wells Rd to meet our estate agent at a house to sneak in here whilst she took the pictures to go on Rightmove. He showed me round on video chat and we put in an offer before it was seen by lots of other buyers. We were lucky. Most houses on our street are selling within a couple of days, regardless of size or condition.

Most snatches of other parents’ playground, bus queue, supermarket or street conversations I hear involve the Bristol housing market. It’s flaming hot out there! So when I was asked to talk about Knight Frank’s ‘An Honest Answer from an Estate Agent’ campaign, I thought it would be a good idea. An honest answer is a series of panel-style conversations covering general topics on buying and selling houses and offering plain speaking advice on some of the terms and procedures involved. The advice is applicable to all of us buyers and sellers, regardless of budget or location.

I wanted to make this as useful as possible to anyone buying or selling a house in Bristol, so I gave the manager of Knight Frank here, James Toogood, a call, and asked him a few questions about the market. Here’s what he had to say.

source link Who’s in control of the Bristol housing market?

In the last six months, it’s the vendor in control here in Bristol and the surrounding areas. There’s so much confidence that a house will sell. In terms of supply and demand, it’s not the shortest supply I’ve ever known, but it’s the shortest for about five years. Supply is short because although there are properties available, most are going under offer so quickly that the pool of actually ‘on the market’ homes is remaining small.

http://winkcalgary.com/portfolio-item/446/ What does Bristol have more of, vendors or buyers?

Buyers – by a large margin. Just in our office alone, since the start of April this year, buyer numbers have increased by 60%. In fact, if I look at my books, I have 100% more applicants for houses than I did this time last year.

go here Where’s the fastest moving area in Bristol?

Again, going by our experience, if you are after a city centre/Harbourside development flat, or a family house in Cotham or Redland, you’ll have to move fast.

Who is moving into Bristol?

It used to be a very local, regional buyers market in Bristol, but not anymore. We’ve seen a big increase in people moving here from the South East and London, after a slightly more affordable home, and the diversity and amazing lifestyle that Bristol has. We’re also seeing an increase in British ex-pats moving to Bristol after some time living abroad, maybe choosing to come here rather than go back to the city they left.

Who’s moving out?

Well, this is the thing, nobody, really. People of all ages and circumstance come here and stay here. There’s lots of people moving in and around the city – downsizing from a large property in one area to another smaller one in the same – we see that a lot in Clifton, or families moving to a larger home in the same area to stay nearer their schools, in places like Horfield and Southville.

What’s controlling the purchasing decisions?

I’d love to tell you it was an immaculate kitchen or a downstairs bathroom, but in Bristol it’s the things about a property that are hardest to change – location, parking, outside space and proximity to schools. Areas like Bishopston, Bedminster and Southville, where the facilities like pubs, cafes, galleries and play cafes just keep getting better, are driving up their own desirability. People crave parking and outdoor space for kids and garden living. And you don’t have to tell most parents about the importance of being near a good, suitable school in Bristol.

People are starting to think about Bristol’s transport system more, especially the electrification of the trainline to London, which will take a chunk of time off the journey and make it more viable in terms of commute. For that reason, places like Yatton, where you come easily into Temple Meads to go out again, are seeing an upswing, as is the city centre and parts of South Bristol that are in walking distance to the station.

You’ve got a £250k budget and one small child, what would you buy right now?

A garden flat in Westbury Park

You’ve got £350k budget and two children, what would you buy right now?

A house in Gloucester Rd, St Andrews, Clifton Wood or Knowle.

Thanks to James for his very honest answers !

Knight Frank have given me a moving in hamper to give away this week, containing everything you might need to celebrate your new home, including a bottle of bubbly, chocolates and some first few day essentials. To win, leave me a comment about your experience of buying or selling a house in Bristol that you think would be helpful to others.

To give you some food for thought, here’s one of Knight Frank’s honest answer videos, on the subject of Gazumping

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  1. We have been umming wether or not to move to Bristol (I studied there) and it’s still an option next year when we put our house on the market. Great post and lots of advice and I agree you have to move fast!

    Laura x

  2. This is really interesting to read. We rented in Redland in 2008 and I can remember how quickly flats got taken just to be rented so am sure it’s even worse when it comes to buying x

  3. liz ferguson liz ferguson

    We used Bristol House Removals, and I can fully recommend the firm.
    They were friendly, helpful and professional.
    Fairly priced service, too.
    They made the move stress free.
    a1.

  4. iain iain

    don’t forget the kids and the cat

  5. Jemma Jemma

    We decided to sell our flat before buying a house. It meant six months or so in the cheapest rented accommodation we could find (while I was pregnant) but it meant we had the edge over other buyers with properties to sell and showed estate agents we were serious. It was worth the extra cost and hassle in the end as we wouldn’t have got our lovely home without it.

  6. i keep trying to convince G to move to Bristol, though tbh I can’t see us leaving Wales – it’s too beautiful here!

  7. Julie Tift Julie Tift

    Try and get to the new property before the removal van and start some necessary cleaning before they put furniture and boxes all over the place!

  8. Liam Bishop Liam Bishop

    Our friends had a lot of trouble renting there but they loved the area, they eventually had to move away due to finances and availability.

  9. Graham Ross Graham Ross

    Set up a redirection with the Royal Mail in plenty of time before you move,

  10. Nick Williams Nick Williams

    For the day of the move, pack an ‘essentials’ box and keep it in a place where it won’t get lost amongst the rest of the junk you’re transporting. Suggestions for it’s contents… stanley knife, tape measure, torch, kettle, coffee (etc) and a pack of your favourite biscuits. And don’t forget the paracetamol…!

  11. Peggy Muncie Peggy Muncie

    Box everything by room and write on box what it contains, make sure first box is one that contains kettle and biscuits

  12. Paul Killackey Paul Killackey

    Once you have disconnected your phone from BT, write down the number for the new owners of the house. This will save them a fortune installing a new line/number rather than just asking for a reconnection.

  13. Mrs Angela Wilson Mrs Angela Wilson

    Leave the phone number of best local takeaways who deliver and a bottle of wine.

  14. rachel rachel

    Get to know your lawyer and estate agent – whether you are buying or selling. Go into the offices and meet them face to face. Buying and selling can be stressful at times, and if you know the professionals you’re working with, it makes the whole process much easier.

  15. Linda Doyle Linda Doyle

    Have a box ready for the last in and first out, include in this the Kettle (the removal men love a cuppa) mugs, milk, sugar, washing up liquid, biscuits, toaster, bread, butter and jam………… if you have little ones, make sure you pack a couple of their favourite toys in a little box for them………it will help keep them amused while you sort out………. and hey it’s one of those moments were you really feel stressed so take a deep breath……you will
    be straight and tidy soon…………..promise x

  16. joanne darnell joanne darnell

    clearly label boxes and get in the right order for a quick unpack

  17. Anneka Hulse Anneka Hulse

    Label boxes and write on them whats inside and what room they need to go in the new house

  18. laura stewart laura stewart

    get your boxes from supermarket they are free

  19. LEAVE IT ALL TO SOMEBODY ELSE TO DO. GO TO PUB.

  20. Esther Clarke Esther Clarke

    make sure you have a proper clear out of stuff you really don’t need so that you don’t end up taking it to your new place, unpacking it and then realise that you should have got rid of it before you moved.

  21. Leanne Pollitt Leanne Pollitt

    Make up your bed in the front room , pile all the boxes downstairs .
    You know your going to be up and downstairs all night if you don`t , checking everywhere ( under the bed too ) , but at least if upstairs is already empty you`ll only check once or twice , plus the bed will have to come down the day after to be removed so its all less hassle and a good night sleep in your front room before you leave.

  22. Ste Carr Ste Carr

    First of all don’t panic or let stress get to you. Clearly label the contents of your boxes and mark which room they will be going into. Also, if the property your moving to needs carpets or flooring, do this pre-move.

  23. dean corrreia dean corrreia

    dont forget the dog !!

  24. it’s an expensive process so shop around for the right estate agent

  25. T CLOVER T CLOVER

    I had a ‘Gentlemans agreement’ when buying my house.
    I openly told the seller what I was prepared to pay. She accepted. We shook hands.
    With that, I promised not to view any other properties and she promised not to accept any other viewers.
    This worked to our advantage as there were no lengthy periods for the Estate Agents to to and fro with us. It also helped that I was welcome to view and measure in that time too.
    I was able to plan my move more easily and the whole experience was totally stress free.
    I do hope this helps someone when buying/selling/moving.
    Keep The Faith.

  26. Sheila Sheila

    Buy a cheap ring binder and some plastic wallets then in the weeks before you move put all instruction books and papers relating to the house and things you are leaving in the folder. Your purchasers will be very pleased not to have to try and guess how the central heating, alarm system, fitted dishwasher etc, work. All you have to do then is make sure the removal men don’t pack it for you! Mine did and it cost me £16 to send it back

  27. vicki hennie vicki hennie

    Be organised when packing your things, clearly label boxes by room so you can put the correct boxes in the room they need unpacking in and unpack the things you need the most first

  28. Kim Styles Kim Styles

    Before putting in an offer park down the road from the property on a couple of mornings/evenings and watch the morning and night traffic. Take note of the vehicles parked and basic street life I don’t consider this spying just watching the street activity. You may find that its a regular parking spot for people avoiding full car parks or has a noise issue. You may spot possible reasons why the sellers are selling . If all OK ,as soon as your offer is accepted, ask them to take it off the market and check it has been taken off. This way the sellers wont have such an easy temptation if someone comes along offering more.

  29. Joanne Hutchings Joanne Hutchings

    Make friends with who ever answers the phone at your solicitors and estate agency. You’ll be talking to them a lot and if you can be polite and friendly at all times and not show your frustration they will go out of their way to help you.

  30. Louise Asekokhai Louise Asekokhai

    Be nice, polite and friendly to the local estate agents as if they like you they will give you the heads up as soon as a new property that you might like comes on the market before anyone else and if you are selling you are more likely to be able to negotiate a good deal on the commission if you are on good terms with them. Upset them and you will find it hard to sell or buy locally!!!

  31. This post is right up my street! (pun sort of intended?!) We’re just in the very final stages of our first ever house buy, and it has been the most roller coaster experience we’ve had! I’m just itching to get in now!

    The Bristol housing market has been crazy for us, with houses going so quickly you blink and they’re gone! We were extremely lucky with our buy, but it wasn’t the first house we put an offer on. We fell in love with a few houses, but didn’t get them which is a little heartbreaking and there are always what ifs! But in our tiny experience I’d say the thing we’ve learnt most is to try and look past the current decor of a place and try to imagine and see the potential! It’s worth going to see houses that have been updated and changed that may be out of your price range, just to see what is possible! oh and be prepared to put in an offer after just one viewing!

  32. J.Mcdaid J.Mcdaid

    Check the parking situation at your old and new home well before the big day. Is there enough room to park a van? Will anyone need a permit? Can you arrange for neighbours to make room for you?

  33. Jenny Long Jenny Long

    Don’t whatever you do, disconnect and remove your washing machine early on the day of removal and pull it out just enough to reveal a cat sized hole in the skirting boards.
    If you do the above, don’t then start frantically ripping up floorboards of a house that is technically no longer yours looking for said cat who keeps meowing plaintively every 30 seconds like some high-tech homing beacon.

  34. Stephen Long Stephen Long

    Get a friend or relation to check that your house is being marketed to your satisfaction by phoning up your estate agent and enquiring about houses that are similar to yours in your area.
    We caught out one unscrupulous estate agent who had effectively taken our house off the market – they were attempting to get two bites of the cherry – trying to first sell another house whose owner was interested in ours.

  35. Put all the necessary equipment in for tea/coffee brewing in an open topped bag and include some delicious biscuits too.
    Nothing worse than being unable to have a brew half way through your labours.

  36. louise allchorn louise allchorn

    clearly label each box so you can put in correct room when you upcak and put the bits you use first at the top so you can unpack the essetials first, and ditch the rubbish you never move the less you have to move the better!!!

  37. debbie godbolt debbie godbolt

    make a box up with the kettle tea coffee milk biscuits and cups and travel with the box so you can make a cuppa when you get there

  38. Robert Dittrich Robert Dittrich

    Start sorting and packing things before you even put your home on the market. It makes your home tidier for sellers and gives you a flying start on packing, which takes longer than you think! This will make the whole process a lot less stressful, giving you more time for arranging other things, like organising services, which should also be researched and arranged well before your move, to ensure you have phone/broadband, electric etc. when you move in!

  39. Charlotte T Charlotte T

    Pack an ‘overnight bag’ with essentials for your first night when you move. This way you don’t have to root through all the boxes to find toiletries you may need.

  40. Mo Haswell Mo Haswell

    Clearly mark each box with the name of the room at your new home that the box is intended for, then as soon as you arrive put a notice on each room door so you/removal men put the box in the right room.

  41. Kiran Parry Kiran Parry

    Have a system. Don’t just pack anything away you are bound to forget this way. Start with the photos which is the most valuable. Then think hard of what is going to be next on the list. Ensure you are well planned. You know the date you are moving so don’t leave it until last minute and then start thinking about what you are going to pack first and second. The more organised and more prepared you are it should feel much better on the big day, when you do move.

  42. Heather Dilks Heather Dilks

    • Have a Last Minute Box (mine’s called the OS box – Odds and Sods), with bright markings on it, for last minute finds – the TV remote you forgot to pack, the hooks and fixings that have to come with you, cables, papers, dog toys, etc. Have some different size sandwich bags, envelopes and marker pens with it, to label what you put in it. Keep this with you at all times.
    • Have 2 more boxes that stay with you and are easily recognised – one for your tea, coffee, kettle etc and another with basic cleaning equipment.
    • Give each member of your family a brightly coloured storage box and give them responsibility to put in there the stuff that they just have to have during the first couple of days. It might be their phone charger, a book, special toiletries, tickets for a concert etc. Again keep this with you at all times – don’t let the removal men pack it in their van – but if they do, you can easily see which ones they are and rescue them!
    • Have a cool bag filled with goodies to eat, cold drinks and treats so that you can boost your flagging family at all times
    • Buy (or make if you are really that organised!) some exciting biscuits and cakes to keep feeding your removal men.
    • Decide what you are having for tea/dinner that first night – if it’s a takeaway, choose before you move so you don’t argue that first night, when you are all exhausted, over which takeaway to have, never mind what to choose off the menu!

  43. Leanne Beaton Leanne Beaton

    Have the Champagne flutes easily accessible and toast to the new house and new memories as soon as you arrive. It will make the unpacking process a lot more positive!

  44. Donna Donna

    Always check your contents insurance covers damage and breakages during the move. So easy for valuable items to get broken!!

  45. lynne burbank lynne burbank

    Leave any instructions helpful to your buyer, simple things like:-
    Dustbin day
    Instructions for appliances [built in oven e.g]
    Boiler instructions
    Things that you take for granted but will be helpful to your buyer.

  46. jess jess

    Be organised – label the boxes to each room to make it easier!

  47. Victoria Easton Victoria Easton

    Have a small bag with food drinks etc for at least 2 days – in case you can’t find any food! Have access to the kettle – need to supply drinks to the moving company and have EVERY box labelled with the room and URGENT if you think you need it within a week – speaking from experience here!

  48. Lyla Lyla

    If you have cats, take them to a cattery or a neighbour for the day so that they don’t get too distressed by all the activity. Once you are settled and unpacked, collect the cats and introduce them to their new home.

  49. Nicola Holland Nicola Holland

    Do it when the kids are at school or with a relative…the more organised and not distracted the easier it will be 🙂

  50. Steve Miles Steve Miles

    Put a requirement for any maintenance to plumbing etc to be undertaken in the offer letter and check everything is working on a viewing

  51. Gemma Walker Gemma Walker

    Make sure you set yourself a goal and then promise yourself a treat when you’ve reached it, be it ordering a takeaway when the plates are unpacked or finally hitting your bed when your favourite pyjamas have been found:)

  52. Dr Mark Dr Mark

    Hire cleaners to clean the houses.

  53. katie Kathurima katie Kathurima

    Sounds silly and simple but be organised mark the box with the room it needs to go in, make a list of the order you want things to be done eg: kitchen up packed. If you have children try and get their room sorted soon as possible with their books and toys so they settle quickly.

    have the kettle/tea/coffee/couple of cups/milk in a bag with you so you can have it unpacked first

  54. Natasha Gandy Natasha Gandy

    I always leave a little pack for the new people with instructions for the boiler, etc in. I also include a few local take away menus and the names of the neighbours/local shops they might need.

  55. Lynthia Doran Lynthia Doran

    Write the location of the stopcock, burglar alarm code, landline number etc on a sticky address label and stick on the window by the front door. This way the new owner will have useful information at their fingertips and it can be easily removed when no longer needed.

  56. David K David K

    strictly sort out things – and offer the unused things for charity (if it would be useful for somebody) or throw it away. you will have less boxes and will start your “new life” with more reasonable items

  57. valerie mccarthy valerie mccarthy

    Box things up a head of time and invite friends to help move. Afterwards, offer pizza, beer, coke or snacks. This works great!

  58. lisa dolatowski lisa dolatowski

    Label all boxes from lounge to remotes its amazing how easy this makes moving, get the kids to help to pack by making it a fun game, take all the stuff you don’t want to a local car boot sale that way you get rid of the clutter and you have a little extra cash to treat yourself to a pamper session after all that hard work!

  59. Elizabeth Smith Elizabeth Smith

    Take all the help you’re offered from friends and family and make sure you know where your new nearest fish and chip shop is because you won’t be feeling like cooking.

  60. JULIE BANKS JULIE BANKS

    Make sure the last box you load up is the one containing the kettle, cups, tea bags, coffee and biscuits and make sure it is clearly labelled, as you unload this one first you will be very thankful as you place it in your new kitchen and make your first cuppa.

  61. John Mcgovern John Mcgovern

    Start decluttering at least one year before you move. If your wife collects junk like mine does, make it five years.

  62. Abby may Abby may

    I’m moving out of Bristol at the moment and be aware there is a months waiting list for surveyors if your moving to London as we are there is a 3 month waiting list!! It’s a very popular time to move! My advice is take everything in your stride as things never go to plan when moving especially if u have a 2 year old and a husband who has already relocated and u are trying to pack the house yourself!! All I can say is thank goodness for patient estate agents and nice wine! ;0) x

  63. Jackie Chapman Jackie Chapman

    Use coloured labels to quickly and easily identify boxes, using a different colour for each room.

  64. Laura Oxley Laura Oxley

    Write a to do list of all the odd jobs and cleaning which need to be done before you leave for each room and stick them to the door. One person takes on a room and works through the list. The jobs will be done in no time and you will be off to your new home in a jiffy.

  65. irvin bullock irvin bullock

    start packing early

  66. Ellen Nixon Ellen Nixon

    Label all your boxes so that you know whats inside when you get to your new house and you can decide what needs opening / sorting first

  67. Tobys proud mummy Tobys proud mummy

    I am moving at the moment and so this time have prepared my self completely to avoid the stress of previous moves .. Make a to do list and tick off each thing as its get closer to the time.. I have bought lots of envelopes with stamps attached for filling out change of address forms in advance although some you can do online. Change your post over for 3 months at the post office. Run down your freezer and try to use up all your bits and bobs in the cupboards and the biggest tip I have is dont be afraid to ask for help I have enlisted help from friends and family to help with cleaning packing etc so there is someone there at both ends the day I move.

  68. Tarbs Gill Tarbs Gill

    Have an essential box — labelled clearly! i.e kettle!

  69. Natalie Gillham Natalie Gillham

    Pack all your items well wrapped to avoid breakages, place items you will need most in boxes together and label the boxes clearly 🙂 x

  70. Teresa Sheldon Teresa Sheldon

    Pack a box with all things your likely to need that day and night like kettle coffee tea, nibbles washing up liquid plates and mugs and cutlery for who it will be needed for, breakfast cereal toothbrushes and toiletries and pet food if you have one, also any basics you think your need for 24 hours, label it well pack it last so its first out. I alway too leave airfreshers in rooms when \i leave a house they don’t cos,t much but makes it nice for the next owners

  71. sam henderson sam henderson

    I’m not moving again, its just a a nightmare, packing, unpacking, mother in law thinking she is helping

  72. Angela Williams Angela Williams

    Pack up your best glass and china that you keep for special occasions and along with any potted plants, ask friends and family if they can look after them for a couple of weeks. It keeps them safe in all the rush and reduces the stress when unpacking.

  73. Liz G Smith Liz G Smith

    Having lived in Bristol all my life i would say have a good look around spend a few weeks here,there are some real hidden gems away from the usual Clifton/Redland areas. For example Totterdown is great for families and Stokes Croft perfect for young couples. When all said and done label everything and throw your scruples to the wind to get what you want for your lifestyle!

  74. Jo Booth Jo Booth

    Put labels / write on the boxes what room the box is to go in, and it not only helps when packing, but makes unpacking so much less stressful. And a priority number, 1-10. So you open the urgent ones for each room first. And, like when you go into hospital, have a ‘bag’ that you pack with essentials that you take with you in the car, so if there are delays with the van you have essentials like a kettle, torch, cups, coffee, light bulbs (yes some people these days do remove lightbulbs before moving out!).

  75. Stevie Stevie

    I’ll try not to sound crude but make sure you know where and if the stop cock is working. Please don’t use the new house loo for anything that may need a good flush. You’ll get the tank full and then you’ll have the eerie sound of silence. Not a good experience.

  76. Chris Fletcher Chris Fletcher

    I was so unprepared for moving house first time and was on a bit of a money saving mission as I was trying to have enough left for some furniture! We didn’t have much stuff, and just hired a man with a van which saved a few quid although nothing got broken which was fortunate! The guy didn’t have any insurance for removals so it was a risk I wouldn’t take again!

  77. Kim Kim

    Order a takeaway online well in advance. That way you can a) check the reviews and find a good place to eat in your new area and b) you have a meal sorted so you can get on with moving in without worrying about sorting the kitchen.

    Also pack in your car a thermos of tea/coffee and some biscuits and have them ready for a break when you need it without trying to find the kettle/mugs/milk.

  78. Harriet Connor-EArl Harriet Connor-EArl

    Have someone have the children for the day you move and night if possible. Children will make the whole process more stressful.

  79. Claire Claire

    As soon as you know your moving date ask for help. Don’t be afraid to ask if any friends or family can be available for a day or half day, especially those with a car. Most people are happy to help – as long as they know when it is and can plan accordingly.

  80. Jeanette Chalmers Jeanette Chalmers

    Pack the kettle, teapot, mugs, tea bags, milk and biscuits in a box and take it with you in the car. It’s the first thing you will need in your new house even if you are only moving down the road!

  81. Laura Pugh Laura Pugh

    If you’re moving locally, rent yourself a van and you can do most of it yourself – but always rent it for a day longer than you think you will need – it always takes longer than you expect

  82. jenny reynolds jenny reynolds

    ALWAYS REMEMBER LOO ROLL AND LIGHT BULBS AND OF COURSE THE KETTLE AND TEA BAGS IN A BOX MARKED LIFE SAVERS HA HA…………..

  83. Kim W Kim W

    Before moving day write a list of important numbers and keep them in your handbag or wallet. i.e. solicitor in case money not through (especially out of hours numbers if moving weekend or long journey), removal service in case of delays, AA/RAC breakdown numbers and family, friends etc.

    Ensure mobile phone batteries charged overnight as usually all landline phones will be disconnected. Buy a small mini charger to carry around in bag if necessary. Always useful.

    Keep small bottles of water for car and pets in summer, can always use out of date for topping up car rad. or windscreen wiper water well.

    Keep usual small stuff in bag like wet wipes, a few pound coins/notes for emergencies. And personally I would keep the kettle and coffee/milk/sugar/tea bags in the car in a box in the back so i knew where it was.

    And finally, change the locks asap after moving… you never know!

  84. Katie Walden Hall Katie Walden Hall

    My best tip would be to have some time to yourself for a couple of days after you’ve moved in – don’t invite everyone round just to be polite when you’ve got enough sorting out to do!! And remember to pack a small bag with a mug, a tea bag, spoon and maybe some cutlery for the take away you’re bound to have the first night in!

  85. Zoe Roxby Zoe Roxby

    Make a list of whats in the box and stick it to the box i.e
    KITCHEN:-
    kettle
    toaster
    mugs
    tea
    coffee
    sugar
    helps alot rather than going through all the kitchen boxes to find a tea spoon

  86. Amanda Philp Amanda Philp

    My husbands in the army so we move house a lot. My biggest tip would be to be as organised as possible, make lists and pack as much as you can as far in advance as possible. Anything that makes the day itself less stressful! Also unpack over time, dont stress about getting everything perfect in a day!

  87. antonia richardson antonia richardson

    i love bristol visited in 2012 was lucky enough to vist the aardman studios and At-Bristol with my son some tips Don’t completely fill large boxes, as they will be too heavy to move Check that your contents insurance will cover damage and breakages during the move.Pack important documents together, such as birth and marriage certificates, and keep them in a safe place.

  88. Wendy Guy Wendy Guy

    Have a small separate box with your kettle, 2 or 3 mugs, spoons, milk, tea and coffee and sugar and some luxury biscuits in it. This will keep the removal men happy and everyone refreshed while you move in.

  89. Ann Grisdale Ann Grisdale

    As well as ‘essentials’ box, make sure the bedding for all beds is to hand, and in addition, make up the beds as soon as you can as you’ll be too tired at the end of the day. What better than beds all ready to roll into after a long & tiring day of moving house?!And don’t forget to get the obligatory fish & chip supper that is synonymous with moving day – AND eat them out of the paper amidst the boxes & tissue paper. I LOVE moving house!

  90. Aleah Aleah

    Have an ‘I might need to access things from this box’ box. Especially for kids book bags and lunchboxes or paperwork etc.

    Also plan ahead. When packing and unpacking, have different days set on each room. It makes life so much easier

  91. The winner of this competition was Kim Styles, with her helpful advice about checking out your new street and its comings and goings, as well as your house. Thanks to all for entering.

  92. Kim Styles Kim Styles

    Hi I received seperately in the post a bottle of Prosecco ,a box of chocolates and a book . is this the hamper- if so thank you very much !! they are great

    • Hi Kim, that’s the prize, yes. sorry if it arrived in separate bits, but am glad you’re happy with them!

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