Moving House Tips

Here are a few tips from our experts in house removals to make your life easier when moving house and ensure that your move will go as planned.

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Affordable areas to rent in London

Affordable areas to rent in London 2250 1500 G W Twilley & Son Removals

London is known for being one of the most expensive capital cities for renters.

By the end of 2019, the average rent came up to £1,600 per month, but there is areas where rental rates are more affordable. If you are looking to rent in London, don’t miss out our new quick guide.

Here is an overview of the most affordable areas to rent in London.

East London

Bexley, Barking, and Dagenham have a fair share of affordable flats for less than £1,300 per month. These areas will be especially convenient if you need to be near the District line or if you commute to work by using overground trains.

West London

In Harrow, small flats for rent can usually be found for around £1,200 a month. If there is more than two of you sharing, Hillingdon may be a cheaper option, although prices are rising really fast here.

North London

One-bedroom properties in Enfield are also below the city average and are on par with those in Harrow.

Waltham Forest is another borough where your money will go further. Moreover, the area is well connected to other parts of London via overground and tube (Victoria and Central lines).

South London

If you are looking to rent in South London, at approximately £820 per month for a 1-bedroom flat, Bexley has some of the lowest average rents in Greater London. However, the borough is in Zone 6, so you’ll have to factor in travel costs too.

Bromley is another affordable option, and it’s also a bit closer and better connected to central London.

Central London

If you must live in Central London, sharing with a group of friends is the best way to save on rent. House shares are more affordable in Islington and Southwark, and they drop even more if you go further east, for example in Greenwich.

If you need a reliable but affordable removals team to help you move to any of these London areas, get in touch with G W Twilley & Son Removals and we’ll find the right solution for you.

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At G W Twilley & Son Removals, we are a team of friendly movers! Call us on 020 8888 5156 for further advice.

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The Pros and Cons of Moving During the Christmas Holidays

The Pros and Cons of Moving During the Christmas Holidays 1880 1253 G W Twilley & Son Removals

Most of us look forward to the Christmas holidays and to spending quality time with our loved ones. Moving house might not be the ideal way of spending the festive period, but sometimes this may be your only choice. And after all, moving during Christmas has its advantages too!

Pros of moving house during Christmas

  • It might be easier to get helpers, as most people take time off during Christmas.
  • You’ll be able to get discounted packing supplies. Take advantage of Black Friday and Christmas sales!
  • If you have young children, it’s easier to have them stay with relatives or friends while you move.
  • You’ll have extra motivation to get the move done before the end of the year.
  • You won’t need to take additional days off work to complete the move.

Cons of moving homes during Christmas

  • You may be particularly nostalgic at this time of the year thinking about previous Christmas celebrations you’ve had in your old home. But a new home is a new beginning, so you’ll be in the right spot during the New Year.
  • You may feel that you’re rushing through the holidays. However, planning in advance can take stress off the move and leave you with time to celebrate.
  • There might be some extra preparation involved due to winter weather.

Remember that having professional help can make a world of a difference when moving. At Twilleys we are experts in stress-free removals throughout North London. We put at your disposal a range of additional services (including packing and storage) to make sure everything goes smoothly.

Call us and we’ll help you figure out the most effective way of moving homes this Christmas.

Choose your House Removals team in London

At G W Twilley & Son Removals, we are a team of friendly movers! Call us on 020 8888 5156 for further advice or read more about our house removals services here.

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Quick Guide: The Cost of Moving House in 2019

Quick Guide: The Cost of Moving House in 2019 1875 1053 G W Twilley & Son Removals

If you are moving home anytime soon, you may want to cut your costs.

Moving homes is not only a time-consuming project: it can also be expensive once you add up all the costs. In 2019, the average price of removal services ranges from approximately £400 for a one-bedroom house or flat to nearly £2,000 for a three-bedroom home. And if you’re also planning on selling your old home, costs can be as high as £30,000 in London. Source: Lloyds Bank, correct as of 19 September 2018.

“Londoners face paying an average of £33,741 to make a move, largely due to higher house prices pushing up the cost of stamp duty.” Source: Stefanie Garber – Which?

If your house removals project includes the sale of your property, your most significant expenses will be stamp duty and estate agent fees, followed by valuation, insurance, homebuyer’s report, and conveyancing fees. As for the cost of the moving process itself, it can be broken down into four parts:

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Movers’ price, which usually amounts to over 40% of the total moving costs. The main factors that movers take into account when creating an estimate are the distance travelled and the number of belongings to be moved. Ways to save include:

  1. Using a local removals company, as movers can charge up to 60% more for long-distance removals.
  2. Declutter your home before you start packing.
  3. Hiring a professional house removal with local expertise and full removals services will certainly reduce costs. Plus, you’ll get better professional services.


Insurance is the second largest cost at nearly 16% of the total. Although professional removal companies offer comprehensive insurance, you’ll have to buy additional insurance to cover special or fragile items (e.g. pianos, antiques, etc.), unless you choose the house removals experts in London.

Packing Materials and Packing Services:

Quality packing supplies come at a price, and the costs can soon add up depending on the number of belongings. Also, your packing technique can have you using more supplies than you really need, so make sure you learn how to pack professionally to cut costs or hire professionals packers that include packing materials when booking house removals services.

Additional Removals Services:

Additional services like containerised storage, packing, assembling or disassembling furniture, and cleaning. Some removal companies offer these services at attractive prices, so ask G W Twilley & Son Removals for an estimate before hiring third parties.

At G W Twilley & Son Removals, we offer comprehensive removal services and always work with your best interests in mind.

Get in touch to get a no-obligation estimate of our removal services and helpful advice.

Choose your House Removals team in London

At G W Twilley & Son Removals, we are a team of friendly movers! Call us on 020 8888 5156 for further advice or read more about our house removals services here.

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How to Move House with a Pet Cat

How to Move House with a Pet Cat

How to Move House with a Pet Cat 2250 1500 G W Twilley & Son Removals

Are you a cat owner who will be moving home soon?

Cats may be just as attached to their home as you are, or sometimes even more. Moving homes can be unsettling for your cat, so here are some tips on how to make them feel secure, relaxed, and comfortable during the move.

1- Before moving

Take some time to think about your cat’s personality. How open are they to new experiences? Do they handle changes well? Are they easily affected by the presence of strangers? Has your cat been unsettled in previous house removals? All these questions are important before planning a move. But also learning how to label boxes like a pro. If packing is not your thing and you need further assistance with packing your items, don’t hesitate to request our packing services.

Moving house with a cat

2- During the move

As much as possible, keep your cat away from the noise and non-stop activity that come with house removals. Find a room where they already feel comfortable, prepare a comfy bed, give them their favourite toys, arrange a litter box, and ensure they have all the treats, food and water they need. Let family members and your house removals company know about it and make sure the door stays closed during the move.

Moving house with pets

If your cat is not used to travelling, even going a short distance can make them feel dizzy, stressed, or disoriented. You may want to consider transporting them in a good quality cat carrier. To do this, you will need to train them in advance.

Moving with pets

3- At your new home

Find a quiet room that will become your cat’s home for the first few days, just like you did during the move. Although cats love their independence and coming and going as they please, keeping them indoors for a short period will help them become familiar with their new surroundings at their own pace. Once they have settled, you can let them explore the rest of the house. And when they are familiar with the new house, let them go outdoors -but don’t rush the process to stop them from going missing.

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You can always ask your vet for more tips. And if you need tips on how to make your house removals process smooth, get in touch with our experienced team at G W Twilley & Son Removals.

Choose your House Removals team (and cat lovers) in London

At G W Twilley & Son Removals, we are a team of friendly movers! Call us on 020 8888 5156 for further advice or read more about our house removals services here.

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