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Moving Home – Removals Statistics, Facts and Figures

We’ve lost count of the number of removals we have completed at Devon Move – it’s a lot after more than twenty years of removals experience! A commonly quoted statistic is that moving home is the third most stressful thing you can do with only the death of a loved one or divorce said to be more stressful. We’ve compiled a collection of other interesting removals statistics for you to consider.

Even with all the stress it entails approximately 11% of the UK move in any one year which is almost 3,000,000 households!

Moving isn’t for everyone though and 60% of adults in the UK are thought to have lived in the same house for fifteen years or more and one in ten of us hasn’t moved for thirty one years or more. Unsurprisingly moving home is more common in the young with over half having lived in three homes by the time they get to twenty five years old. And a quarter of us will live in ten or more homes in a lifetime.

Where do we all move to? An article printed by the Daily Mail in 2012 states that the majority of moves are only a very short distance. Northerners only move within three miles of their old address and Southerners just six miles. People living in Belfast, Newcastle-upon-Tyne and Newport are the least likely to leave their area with around 70% of moves remaining within the same postcode.

The most attractive region for households to re-locate to, unsurprisingly, is the South West of England with Torquay in Devon and Truro in Cornwall being the top two destinations. Considerably more people move into these areas and other parts of the South West than leave.

Remembering to do everything is probably one of the most stressful parts of any move so here at Devon Move Removals we would like to help you with a simple top 10 checklist:

  • Ensure your goods are insured during transit and in their new location.
  • Get you post re-directed through the Post Office.
  • Make sure you take meter readings at both your old and new property and keep them safe.
  • Make your bank, loan providers, pensions, card providers etc. aware of your new address.
  • Transfer your TV licence to cover your new home.
  • Inform your telephone, broadband and digital TV provider.
  • Tell the DVLA and get your driving licence updated.
  • Change the address on anything you subscribe to e.g. magazines etc.
  • If possible get your children and any pets looked after on the day of the move as it will be very stressful for them too.
  • Finally, pack an ’emergency’ box of kettle, cups, teabags etc. and take it with you, at least you can have a nice cup of tea when you get to your new home!

* Statistics taken from various articles on the internet.

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