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Affordable areas to rent in London

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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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North London in Autumn

Get Your House Decluttered This Autumn

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Have you ever found yourself thinking it’s time to declutter your home, and then postponing it? We’ve all been there.

Sometimes, it’s almost impossible to make time for a decluttering session, but here’s a secret: October is one of the best months to get your house organised.

What is happening in Autumn?

After the back-to-school rush, many parents take this season as a time to clean up and organise the family home. Summer toys and summer clothes can be now put away, and it’s time to switch our wardrobes around and get out autumn and winter clothing out.

During Autumn, many of us will be busy anticipating the Black Friday shopping extravaganza. This big sale event is usually held in November, so this is the time to start making a list of everything you need to buy.

Speaking of shopping, many of us are doing our Christmas shopping in October. The majority of retailers already have their Christmas gift deals and ideas out, and it’s a good idea to start crossing gifts off your list as soon as possible.

Here are some suggestions on what to buy:

  • Home appliances, as this is the time when previous year’s models get discounted.
  • You can find great bargains on cookware during October.
  • Toys and games (great Christmas gifts).

Also during this month, our calendars are marked with a few Halloween parties. You probably know how much room some costumes can take! You’ll need to make room for all those purchases and Halloween outfits. Usually that means putting your summer gear away, and here are some useful tips on storing it:

  • Sort clothes by category (tops, dresses, trousers, etc.).
  • Don’t store what you haven’t worn this season. Donate it or discard it.
  • Avoid wrapping or storing clothes in plastic bags, as this can encourage mould growth.
  • Line the bottom of storage boxes with acid-free paper or cotton sheets. Your clothes will last longer!
  • Clean all toys and summer sports gear before putting them away.
  • Store summer gear by activity(e.g. beach toys, sports gear, garden furniture, etc.).
  • Save space by hanging bags of summer toys from wall hooks.

What about those who are moving homes?

Apart from back to school, shopping season and being the best time to organise your home, Autumn is a great time of the year to move homes.

We all know that summer is prime moving season, so once the busy period is over you’ll have more chances of booking your home removals around your preferred dates.

Whether you’re moving homes this autumn, or have decided to finally declutter your home, you may need seasonal storage.

At G W Twilley & Son Removals we’re experts in  home decluttering and storage solutions and have 100 years’ experience helping homeowners in the London area. Get in touch with our team today!

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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Why Highgate Has Been London’s Garden For 300 Years

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Moving to Highgate? Get inspired by this blog about Highgate green areas

If you’re relocating to Highgate, London, you’ll most likely be busy planning the move. But you can always set 3 minutes aside to read through this short guide to living in Highgate, so you know what you can look forward to once you’re settled in your new home.

What’s the Story of Highgate?

Highgate is one of London’s most affluent neighbourhoods, although it hasn’t always been a residential area. The first mention of Highgate dates from the 14th century when the area was a hunting ground located in ancient woodlands. Free public access wasn’t granted until approximately 300 years ago.

Despite its bustling character and beautiful examples of Georgian and Victorian architecture, Highgate’s star attraction is the abundant greenery and open spaces -hence the area’s reputation as London’s garden.

Hampstead Heath is definitely the highlight, covering an area of 320 hectares and dotted with picturesque ponds, viewpoints, and even a heritage building at Kenwood House.

Adjacent to Hampstead Heath is Golders Hill Park, a popular destination for local families due to the presence of a zoo and a butterfly house. North of the Heath are two golf clubs that may easily become your go-to place on weekends, as well as being great if you want to meet your new neighbours.

Top Green Areas and Parks in Highgate

1- Hampstead Heath

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Central London views from Hampstead Heath in Highgate London

2- Woodland Queens Woods

Woodland Queens Woods

Woodland Queens Woods during Autumn in Highgate London

3- Waterlow Park

Waterlow Park in Highgate

Waterlow Park in Highgate London

4- Pond Square in Highgate

Pond Square in Highgate London

Pond Square in Highgate London

Living in Highgate

The area has a thriving arts scene with Jackson’s Lane Centre at the heart of Highgate. Shops, banks, and other conveniences mostly located along Archway Road and Highgate Hill.

There’s a good selection of elegant pubs and eateries along North Hill Road and Southwood Lane – you will want to check out The Gatehouse and The Red Lion & Sun at the very least.

Once you’re settled here, you’ll have time to discover Highgate at your own pace and to find your favourite spots.

In the meantime, get in touch with G W Twilley & Son Removals to plant your stress-free House Removals to Highgate, London. We’ve been in the business of moving families since 1918 and know North London inside out – including Highgate. We are always ready to share tips and moving day advice with 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 or read more about our house removals services here.

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Quick Guide: The Cost of Moving House in 2019

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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:

House Removals costs:

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.

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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 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

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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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