Our guide to selling in summer

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There is plenty of debate about when the best time is to sell your home, but the fact is that many people choose to put their property on the market during the summer. With so many potential distractions during the warmer weather and holiday period, you can be reassured that anyone taking the time to view your property is seriously considering a purchase. But with such a competitive market, what can you do to make your home more appealing? Our 40 years of home removals experience has taught us a few tips and tricks which we’re more than happy to share with you.

How does political uncertainty affect the housing market

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Political uncertainly often leads to a slow-down in the housing market, and both buyers and sellers across the UK do seem to be hanging tight to wait and see the outcome of the General Election and the uncertainty of a hung Parliament. The talk of a coalition between the Conservatives and the Democratic Unionist Party, in light of no party winning an overall majority of seats, has caused further concern for some people and does not offer a clear view of the UK’s future political landscape.

How to move house without harming the environment

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Reducing your carbon footprint and the impact your life has on the environment can be a challenge at the best of times. But what if you’re getting ready to move house? Moving from one property to another can be very stressful so it is easy to put being environmentally friendly on the back burner. Here are our tips on making your house move as green as possible without causing yourself any extra worry or hassle.

Declutter your home for a tidier mind

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How long has it been since you cleared out your garage, attic, understairs cupboard or spare room? Are you one of the 57% of Brits who have a ‘guilty’ storage space where you hide clutter that you can’t face dealing with? If so, make April the month for a well overdue spring clean.

Five reasons to start a new life in Ireland

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Have you ever thought of starting a new life in the Republic of Ireland? Today (Fri March 17) is St Patrick’s Day – the feast day of Ireland’s patron saint and a celebration of Irish culture. To mark the occasion, we look at five reasons why you might want to move to the Emerald Isle.

Three reasons to declutter your home this spring

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The arrival of spring is the perfect time to declutter your home and give it a new lease of life. As the days get longer and lighter and the darkness of winter starts to fade away, many people start to take a closer look at their home. But if you have too much stuff, it can be difficult to know where to start when it comes to home improvements. Putting items into storage can give you time and space to think about what you want to do with your possessions as well as freeing up some valuable room at your property. Andrew Porter Limited offers a range of storage solutions so you can declutter your home quickly and effectively without the pressure of having to decide exactly what you want to keep and what you will get rid of straight away.

Homebuyers save £3,000 for every extra minute they commute, report claims

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People looking to buy a house can save £3,000 for every minute they are prepared to travel out of London, new figures reveal. A survey carried out by the estate agents Savills found potential buyers were likely to pay more than £3,000 for every minute they could shave off their commute by train. The poll looked at house prices near 433 railway stations and compared them to the length of time it took for people to travel from the property into the centre of London.

Our guide to moving to Australia

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Australia has long been a favourite destination for British people wanting to move abroad. Beautiful beaches, a warm, sunny climate and the fact its national language is English are just some of the reasons nearly 1.3 million Brits have made their home down under. January 26 is Australia Day - a day of celebration which commemorate the anniversary of 11 convict ships arriving at the country from the UK in 1788. We mark the occasion with a guide to moving from Britain to Australia.

Could 2017 be the right year to move house

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For many people the New Year is time for a fresh start. It is not unusual to use the first few days of January to look at your life and work out how it can be changed for the better. For many people, this could include moving to a new property or taking steps to become a homeowner for the first time. If you already own a home then January is a good time to put it on the market. People often put their house-hunting on hold over Christmas but the New Year period gets potential buyers thinking about the future. So could 2017 be the right year for you to move home? According to the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, the demand for houses in the coming year will be higher than the supply, which is good news for those looking to sell their properties. And house prices are expected to rise by around three per cent during 2017.

Our simple guide to understanding estate agent jargon

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Do you know the difference between being gazumped and gazundered? When you’re moving house, there is a long list of things to think about. The last thing you need when you’re buying or selling a home is to get confused by jargon. At Andrew Porter Limited, we believe in straight-talking honesty and exceptional customer service. We communicate clearly with our customers to make sure our services meet their needs and to make the process of moving to a new property that little bit easier.

Is your hometown one of the UK’s happiest places?

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The top 200 ‘happiest’ places to live in the UK have been revealed, and topping the charts is Leigh-on-Sea in Essex. Previously Harrogate in North Yorkshire has topped the charts for the last three years running, but in 2016 it came in at third place, with Troon in Scotland second on the table. The results are taken from a survey of almost 24,000 around the country, conducted by online property portal Rightmove.

Go groupage or decide to be dedicated? A guide to each service

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After you’ve decided on a move to France, one of the major judgements you’ll need to make about your move is whether to choose a groupage or a dedicated removal service. Many removal companies offer a choice of either service, where some will only offer one or the other. But what are main differences and how do you decide which option is right for you?

Why you might want to consider a move up North

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With an increase in remote working and better transport links, people have more freedom about where they choose to live. This increase in flexibility means rising numbers of people based in the South are considering a move to the North of the country. Andrew Porter Limited works all over the UK and can ensure your move to a new location goes as smoothly as possible. But what are the main reasons people are choosing to relocate to the North?

Will Brexit affect your move to Europe?

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If you’re planning to move from the UK to another EU country, you may well be worrying about the impact Brexit will have on your future. At the moment, around 1.2 million British people live outside the UK in other EU nations. The most popular European destination for Brits to move to is Spain which is home to 310,000 UK-born people.

Moving from the south of the UK to the north? Here are five reasons to choose Andrew Porter Ltd

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As a removals company with more than 40 years’ experience, working throughout the UK and Ireland, we regularly help individuals and families relocate from the south of the country to the north. Whether people are looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the capital for a quieter life up north or in Scotland, or whether they are relocating for work or family reasons, we are always delighted to help people start their new life in the north in the best possible way. If you are thinking of moving from the south of England to the north, here are five reasons to consider Andrew Porter Limited as your removals company.

Moving on after heading back to the family home

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Leaving the home you’ve shared with your partner after a relationship breakdown is a difficult time. But if you can’t afford another property to move to then the experience is even more stressful. This is the situation being faced by more than seven million people in Britain who have found themselves living back with their parents after splitting up with their partner. A survey by Churchill Insurance has dubbed this group of people the ‘doomerangers’ because they have returned to the family home after a divorce or separation. According to the research, doomerangers spend an average of six months living with their parents while they work out what their next step should be and save to move into a new property. Here are our tips for moving on when you have to head back to your childhood home.

Our top tips for moving to Europe

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Six million British people live abroad with 1.2 million of them living elsewhere in the EU. Some people move to Europe for work while others are looking for better weather or a bit of culture. While the UK remains a member of the EU, British people have the right to live and work in other member states. But if voters opt to leave Europe in next month’s EU referendum, it is not known what rights British people will have when it comes to living in countries like Spain, France or Ireland. Europe minister David Lidington told the Observer: “Everything we take for granted about access to the single market, trade without customs checks, or paperwork at national frontiers, the right of British citizens to go and live in Spain or France: all those would all be up in the air.” If you’re currently planning a move to Europe, there’s a lot to think about. Read our top tips for ensuring your relocation goes as smoothly as possible.

Spring into action – why now is the ideal time to move house

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Spring is one of the best times of year to move home and make a fresh start in a new property. The season represents new beginnings, making it an ideal time to start planning the next chapter in your life. The lighter nights and warmer weather bring optimism and energy, inspiring people to look for their dream home so if your property has been on the market for a while, you may well notice an increase in viewings as summer approaches.

Stress Awareness Month - Six tips for an easier moving day

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Moving house is widely acknowledged as one of the most stressful things you can do. While changing your property or relocating to a new area can bring long-term happiness, the period leading up to the move can be a worrying and difficult time. A survey by E.ON found that the stress of a house move typically lasts for around three months. April is stress awareness month so we have put together some top tips to make your house move a more pleasant experience.

Reduce the stress of your home move

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It’s generally accepted that moving home is a stressful time, and there are all sorts of reasons why this can be. It involves making and breaking very personal attachments with property, they can be very time consuming and – of course – significant financial expenditure is involved. There is also the fear of the unknown, with a lot being beyond the vendor’s control.