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Reducing moving stress for tenants and landlords is just as important

Published On: August 14, 2019 at 8:58 am


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The lettings industry can and should do more to raise awareness of reducing moving stress for tenants and landlords, according to Tenant Shop.

Tenant Shop provides products and services for both letting agents and tenants. It notes that there is a lot of advice for homebuyers and sellers about how to deal with moving homes, but there is relatively little in comparison for landlords and tenants in the private rental sector (PRS).

Frequent studies have been made into the owner-occupier market, in order to help provide valuable insights. Meanwhile, the Government is working to improve the home buying and selling process with a range of measures and initiatives. But, yet again, the PRS has been left wanting in this regard.

Glenn Seddington, managing director of Tenant Shop, says: “Considering the rapid growth of the PRS – which now accounts for approximately 20% of all households and represents the largest housing tenure in London – more needs to be done to make the moving process smoother for landlords and tenants.

“It’s also crucial that advice and guidance is readily available for these stakeholders as the PRS becomes more widely regulated and the lettings process is subsequently more complex.”

What are the moving pain points for landlords and tenants?

Tenant Shop points out that it’s crucial for landlords to understand how key legislation works, in order to remain on the right side of the law and protect their investment. This includes recent changes such as the Tenant Fees Act, deposit protection and the Right to Rent scheme.

It highlights that tenants should be fully aware of their rights and obligations when it comes to renting a property. They should also have the ability to showcase their value as a good tenant to a potential landlord.

Seddington explains: “If both sides of the transaction are aware of what is required of them from the outset, this can help to make things run more smoothly and speed up the moving process.

“Landlords will also want to make sure that as a new tenancy starts, the previous one is tied up and signed off, paving the way for a smooth changeover with no unpaid bills or charges outstanding.”

For tenants, the majority of moving pain is likely to come from financial issues. Finding a deposit for a new property before receiving their existing one back can be a major challenge.

“Once a tenant moves into a property, they will be eager to get everything sorted quickly so they can start to enjoy their new home. This can range from organising bills and council tax to managing utilities, and getting the TV up and running so they can get started on their next boxset,” continues Seddington.

“Another moving stress for renters is packing and creating a precariously constructed Jenga tower of their belongings in their van or car. Any advice tenants can receive on these matters could also help them greatly when it comes to moving day.”

What can letting agents do to reduce moving stress in the PRS?

A lack of understanding and awareness are key drivers of stress among landlords and renters during tenancy changeovers, Tenant Shop says.

Seddington comments:”As the rental process becomes more professional, letting agents need to be on hand to provide consumers with the guidance and advice they need to feel at ease during the moving process.

“Providing a first-class customer service has always been a vital part of maintaining long-term relationships with landlords, while impressive customer relations will not go unnoticed with tenants, who could go on to become future sellers or landlords.”

Seddington also highlights that agents can help to minimise stress for tenants by providing them with access to innovative products, such as deposit replacement schemes and new referencing options. This could reduce the financial pressure on their move.

He adds that it’s also important to have the technology and systems in place to manage changeovers efficiently.

“Not only will this reduce the chance of human error and provide consumers with a more succinct service, but it will also allow letting agents to spend more time growing other parts of their business,” he concludes.

10 Christmas Gift Ideas for Home Movers

Published On: December 16, 2016 at 10:19 am


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Moving home at Christmas can be an extremely stressful experience; the buying process slows down more than usual and many businesses are closed over the festive period. If you know some home movers this year, treat them to one of these Christmas gift ideas to brighten the process!

It’s probably the last time of year that most of us would choose to move home, but many buyers and renters will be packing up and moving on this Christmas. Whether it’s a family member, friend or former tenant that you got on with particularly well, spread some of the festive cheer with these gift ideas from Rightmove (which coincidentally double-up as housewarming presents)…

  1. A doormat

One of the easiest and most effective ways to bring some personality and style to a new property is with an inviting doormat. It’s also one of the first things that visitors will notice, so your home movers will appreciate it instantly.

  1. House plants 

House plants are essential when it comes to adding softness and nature to a new home. Treat them to something attractive and easy to maintain.

  1. A new coffee pot

10 Christmas Gift Ideas for Home Movers

10 Christmas Gift Ideas for Home Movers

One of the first things a home mover will look for when they get all their boxes into a new property is a cup of coffee! Prevent them rummaging through unmarked boxes by picking up a new coffee pot and a nice bag of freshly ground coffee.

  1. Spices 

It’s all too common to spend your first week in a new home eating dodgy-looking takeaways and microwave meals. Help them feel homely and healthy with a new spice rack and spices, which they’ll be able to make use of instantly.

  1. Gardening must-haves 

If your home movers’ new property has a garden, it’s likely that they’ll want to do some work to it to create their dream space. Put together a starter pack of gardening tools to inspire them.

  1. A bunch of flowers 

No home mover will be disappointed if you take round a bunch of flowers to brighten up their new property. It’s also a good idea to buy them a vase too, as theirs will likely be packed deep into a jungle of boxes.

  1. Essential DIY tools 

If you like going for practical gifts, then a nice box of essential DIY tools will go down a treat with your recipients – they’ll probably have lots of small jobs to do as soon as they move in, so make sure they have everything they need.

  1. Scented candles

New homes lack that familiar smell that we all have in our properties. Help to create a homely and comfortable feel with your buyer’s or renter’s favourite scented candles.

  1. Homemade treats

If you’re a dab hand in the kitchen, whip up some festive homemade treats – such as a walnut and cinnamon loaf, or some cute gingerbread biscuits – for your movers to enjoy as they settle into their new home.

  1. A food hamper

We all know that one of the best things about Christmas is the food. Impress your loved ones with a hamper full of their favourite festive treats for them to tuck into while they unpack boxes (they’ll also have something to offer visitors!).

If you’re moving home this festive period, we hope you have a stress-free and relaxing Christmas in your new property.

Is the Cost of Moving House Pushing Homeownership Further Out of Reach?

Published On: November 2, 2016 at 10:04 am


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While we all know that prospective first time buyers are facing sky-high house prices, a new study has also revealed that the cost of moving house is pushing homeownership even further out of reach.

On top of paying off a mortgage, many buyers don’t realise just how expensive moving house can be, according to

With Stamp Duty, surveyors, estate agents and conveyancers to pay, the average cost of moving house has now soared to a whopping £10,996.

Alongside rising house prices, the high cost of moving house is making it more difficult than ever to get on the property ladder. However, the removals comparison site believes that through careful planning and some nifty scrimping, buyers could save up to £3,600 on moving costs. has put together some interesting facts on how moving costs have changed over the years:

Is the Cost of Moving House Pushing Homeownership Further Out of Reach?

Is the Cost of Moving House Pushing Homeownership Further Out of Reach?

Many of these costs have risen in line with inflation, although buyers now have new costs to think about, such as Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs), which were not a requirement back in 2006.

Following an overall price increase of 25%, moving house now costs a huge £10,996, which is 40% of the UK’s average salary.

The cost of moving house across the UK 

Depending on where you’re moving to, these costs can be more or less expensive than the UK average.

Unsurprisingly, London has been named the most expensive place to move house in the country, costing over £30,000. This is primarily due to high house prices, which drive up the cost of commission-based fees, such as estate agents and conveyancers.

At the bottom end of the list is Northern Ireland, which costs just £5,401.

Find out how much it costs to move house in your area:

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How to cut the cost

Moving house does not have to be so expensive, insists Depending on your location, you could save over £3,600 by following these simple tips:

  • Online estate agents – Most online estate agents charge a fixed rate for their services, starting at £399. This means that the average household could save between £2,000-£4,000.
  • Conveyancing quotes – Either compare conveyancing quotes yourself, or use a website like Money Supermarket. Using an online conveyancer offering fixed rate fees could also save you up to £500.
  • Removal companies – Using a site such as allows you to compare the costs of several removal firms in your area. You could save up to 70%.
  • Second-hand packing boxes – Go to your local supermarket and ask for free, quality boxes. This could save you over £100.

Following these steps will help you cut the cost of moving house, which could be enough to get you on the property ladder!

Landlords, remember that many of your tenants will be struggling to afford their own home at this time, so ensure that your rents are reasonable and you support them in any way you can.

Cost of Moving House Totals £2,000 in London

Published On: August 2, 2016 at 9:21 am


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The cost of moving house in the private rental sector totals around £2,000 in London, according to flat and house share website

Cost of Moving House Totals £2,000 in London

Cost of Moving House Totals £2,000 in London

The site reports that the most expensive part of moving house is the large deposits required by many landlords at the start of a new tenancy. This initial expenditure, which usually includes a deposit and the first month’s rent, is usually required alongside letting agent fees and the cost of a removal company or van.

The cost of moving for tenants in London comes in above the national average, at £2,043, while the rest of the UK tends to spend £1,175 on moving house.

However, property inspection firm Imfuna Let notes that one way that landlords, tenants and homebuyers can increase the efficiency of moving house, as well as protecting their valuable assets, is to compile a professional inventory that details the condition of the property and all items within it.

Imfuna Let’s reports are generated on either smartphone or tablet, using photographs and voice notes to detail the state of the property.

Over in the USA, in-state moves are slightly less expensive than the UK, at $1,170. However, moving from one state to another will cost you around $5,630, according to the American Moving and Storage Association.

The Director of SpareRoom, Matt Hutchinson, comments: “With renters having to find a new deposit before they get their old one back, many simply can’t afford to move. That can mean missing out on employment opportunities or having to put up with rent increases.”

Having a thorough inventory at check-in and check-out will not only help landlords ensure that their property is looked after by tenants, but will help tenants get their deposit back faster when they move out.

Always put a report together before new tenants move in, and compare the state of the property when they move out to the initial inventory. Through highlighting any differences from check-in to check-out, you can easily deduct any necessary costs from your tenant’s deposit, meaning that they get their money back as soon as possible.

To help keep tenants’ costs of moving down and to ensure that your property remains in a good condition, remember to compile a detailed inventory.

Home Movers Postponing Plans Until After EU Referendum

Published On: March 4, 2016 at 3:25 pm


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Home movers are postponing their plans until after the EU referendum on 23rd June, according to new research from removals firm Bishop’s Move.

The company surveyed 1,000 people in the UK, with a number of buyers and vendors in every region saying they will wait until after the poll.

Home Movers Postponing Plans Until After EU Referendum

Home Movers Postponing Plans Until After EU Referendum

Those living in London are the most likely to wait until after the referendum result to move house, with 47% saying they will not buy or sell until after 23rd June.

Just 20% of Londoners said the referendum would not make a difference to their plans.

The Sales and Marketing Director at Bishop’s Move, Chris Marshall, says the study “does paint a picture of both the attitude towards the EU referendum amongst London homeowners and also their approach towards the price of property in the capital”.

The latest house price figures show that the average property in the capital is now worth a huge £526,085. It is believed that Londoners will need a 266% pay rise to get onto the property ladder.

In other parts of the UK, between 11-15% of home movers are deferring their plans ahead of the poll.

Marshall explains the results: “It’s actually a very similar situation we found in Scotland during its 2014 independence referendum.”

He continues: “Significant policy decisions can severely impact the UK housing market, and our own research last year also found almost a quarter of those looking to buy and sell a property delayed their move by one to four months in order to wait for the outcome of the general election.

“However, whilst these results point to a slowdown in the build up to June, we fully anticipate business to resume as usual, particularly when the school holidays arrive and everyone wants to get their moves completed during the break.”1


Take the Leap into the Property Market This February!

Published On: February 27, 2016 at 9:03 am


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Whether you’re a buy-to-let investor, first time buyer or home mover, 2016 is the year to take the leap into the property market.

Take the Leap This February!

Take the Leap into the Property Market This February!

As we know, we have an extra day this year and the 29th February only occurs every four years. At the height of the property boom, which fuelled the housing crash, this is how frequently many people moved house.

In recent years, buyers and vendors have been more restrained when moving home. The reasons people move have been for more serious and necessary reasons, such as a new job, a baby on the way, debt or divorce.

Due to the need to move quickly, asking prices have also been set at much more realistic values – sellers aren’t just willing to sit in their property hoping that someone buys their property for the hugely inflated figure their estate agent suggested anymore.

With the recession finally behind us, people are considering moving again, and recent data proves that first time buyers are finally being given the chance to get onto the property ladder.

With interest rates remaining low and the economy strengthening, why not make spring the time to move home?

With a shortage of supply and high demand from buyers, it is likely that your home will sell quickly – but ensure you have somewhere to move to first! You may be in luck, however, as many sellers are likely to put their properties onto the market as the good weather arrives.

And if you’re a buy-to-let investor, now is the perfect time to invest. As of April, landlords will face a higher rate of Stamp Duty (3% extra) on the purchase of an investment property. To avoid this surcharge, you must complete on a sale before midnight on 31st March – don’t miss out, the additional costs may crush your buy-to-let dream.

If you’re not quite ready to take the leap into the property market, don’t wait another four years – you don’t know how many opportunities you might miss before 2020…