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How to move house sustainably

If you’re looking for ways to reduce your impact on the environment, one area you can make changes is when you’re moving home.

“In 2018, the transport industry as a whole was responsible for almost a third of all CO2 emissions in the UK, and moving house contributes to this total,” says Sam Rose, Company Director at ‘environmentally-aware’ removal company Green Man & Van.

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Why are so many people moving this summer?

Buyers across the country are swapping sand and sun for bricks and mortar as demand for property continues to soar well into the summer.

We normally see the housing market slow down at this time of year as people go on their summer holidays.

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Housing market sees busiest month for over ten years

Buyers and sellers have been rewriting the housing market rulebook this summer as more people are moving home than ever before.

July is typically a quieter time of year as people go away on their summer holidays, but last month was extraordinarily busy for home-movers across the UK.

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What is gazumping and how can I avoid it?

We know only too well the amazing feeling of finding the home you love, making an offer, and hearing back that it’s been accepted.

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WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP YOUR OFFER GET ACCEPTED?

In an active, fast-paced market, like the one we have right now, demand from those looking to buy property outweighs the supply of homes on the market.

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STAMP DUTY HOLIDAY: HOW DOES IT WORK?

The chancellor has announced a temporary holiday on stamp duty on the first £500,000 of all property sales in England and Northern Ireland. The tax threshold has been temporarily raised until next March to boost the property market and help buyers struggling because of the coronavirus crisis. The changes have come in with immediate effect.

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Q&A: WHAT'S HAPPENING IN THE PROPERTY MARKET?

We catch up with Richard Donnell, director of research and insight at Zoopla, about the trends he has seen since the housing market reopened for business.

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LOCKDOWN EASING: 9 THINGS YOU CAN DO THIS SUMMER

With lockdown easing, many of us are planning to make the most of summer. But what exactly are we allowed to do over the holiday season? More than you might think. Here's a quick guide to some socially distanced summer experiences in the UK. Just don't forget your mac and wellies.

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ENERGY EFFICIENCY SOLUTIONS FOR YOUR PROPERTY

Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, announced the Green Homes Grant Scheme in his Summer Statement on 8 July, whereby the Government will be issuing UK homeowners up to £5,000 worth of vouchers to make their homes more energy efficient.

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A GUIDE TO DOWNSIZING

Are you thinking about packing up your family home and finding somewhere smaller to live? Here, we offer advice to make the process a little easier: Planning is key – Packing your home into boxes can be a real chore, particularly when you are moving to a smaller property, but planning well in advance can make it easier. Think about where you will unpack your belongings and in which room each box should be placed. If you haven’t got it all sorted ahead of the move then just make sure you label all your boxes clearly...

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