Despite some gloomy predictions I was pleased to note some positive news about the property market.

The Nationwide Building Society reported that the annual rate of house price inflation rose to 3.1% at the end of June, up from 2.1% from the end of May. The average price of a home in the UK is currently reported to be £211,301.

This strong rebound in prices comes at a time when the market is subdued with regard to house prices and mortgage approvals. Nevertheless these are positive signs.

Nationwide’s chief economist, Robert Gardener, was reported as saying that “in effect, after two sluggish months, annual price growth has returned to the 3-6% range that has been prevailing since early 2015.”

I came across an article from The Guardian the other day highlighting one of the more mundane aspects of ruling Britain – moving into and out of 10 Downing Street.

When David Cameron moved out last year he used the services of budget company Simply Move.  One of the removal men left a clipboard unguarded showing the order for 330 boxes, 30 rolls of tape and 3 rolls of bubble wrap.

I think there are some real signs of optimism for first time buyers looking to get on the housing ladder.

The government will soon unveil its Housing White Paper and experts are predicting it will be very positive in tone.

I know it can be an exciting time when you move to a new home, especially if it is larger than your present one.  It is a time to consider buying new furniture and fulfilling your dreams of having a home office or playroom for the kids.

If you are downsizing, however, there are a different set of issues to be considered.  Where is everything going to go, for instance?  The good news is that we have a solution to that problem.

Why not store your stuff temporarily to allow you time to see if you can fit it all in?  You might decide to dispose of something else instead or have an extension built or loft boarded to allow you to move your things back in.

Whichever you choose, it takes away the immediacy of the problem and gives you time to think and plan.

Express Removals can provide the ideal self-storage solution for you.  We deliver the packaging and containers for you to do your own packing.  Then we collect, take it away and safely store it for you until you decide you want the items back again.

I know well enough that moving home is stressful for humans, but don’t forget it can also be traumatic for pets.

Cats are well known as territorial animals and will be strongly attached to your previous home while it is easy for dogs to get lost in their new surroundings.  
Here are some tips for helping pets at moving time.