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Basic Moving Tips

Posted by on Sep 23, 2019 in The Moving | Comments Off on Basic Moving Tips

Basic Moving Tips

Basic Moving Tips

This ‘how to’ video provides simple moving tips to help you understand the basics of moving. This video shows you how to pack a box, how NOT to pack a box, how to correctly pick up and lift a moving box and discusses the type of shrink wrap (aka plastic wrap) you should use for your furniture and couches. Moving tips provided by your source for moving help at

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Top 7 things you should know about moving into a rental property

Posted by on Sep 22, 2019 in The Moving | Comments Off on Top 7 things you should know about moving into a rental property

Top 7 things you should know about moving into a rental property

Top 7 things you should know about moving into a rental property


-Written by Erik Sargent

When it comes to the world of moving, moves into a rental property like an apartment or condo present a different set of challenges from what you’d experience when completing a home move.

Although the same aspects like moving your belongings, planning, and packing are still prevalent – there are many necessary and important steps involved to ensure you’re setting yourself up for success when you move into a rental property. From figuring out utilities to move in dates, rent prices and payment options, finding a roommate if necessary, and more – you want to be well prepare before you enter this world.

We’ve seen everything that can come with moving into rental properties over the last three decades, and decided to put together a few important tips to make moving into a rental as stress-free as possible.

Research the best place for you

The last thing you want to do is lock yourself into a rental property at a price you can’t afford, or in a situation that doesn’t fit your needs.

Research the best options in your price range, and read online reviews about the property to make an informed decision about where you are moving. It’s not a bad idea to drive to the location and take a tour, either.

Finalize the details

Typically, a rental property will have a list of fees that are required of the tenant before move in day. Everything from a security deposit to a move-in fee, and paying the first month’s rent in advance is usually in play.

Meet with your landlord to discuss these details and make sure you understand all necessary payments before move in day to avoid any late fees.

Sign your rental lease

Be sure to review this lease document thoroughly and make sure it’s up-to-date with what works best for you. Here, you can find important information like the final rent price and your move in date, and also any specific clauses the rental property might have.

If you have questions, be sure to ask and clarify before moving in!

Set up utilities

First and foremost – be sure to take care of the utilities at your old home and change your address. Then, be sure work with your landlord to find out what utilities you need to set up before moving into your rental property, if any.

Some apartment complexes and condo units have certain utilities included.

Purchase renter’s insurance

This is an absolute must if you’re moving into a rental property. Renter’s insurance protects your belongings in the event that something unfortunate happens, such as a break-in, flooding, or fire.

Hire professional movers

Everyone thinks they want to handle the challenge of moving into a rental … until the day is actually there. From navigating through tight spaces with heavy furniture to climbing up flights of stairs, it can take a physical toll on someone – thankfully, there are people who can help!

When you hire professional movers like TWO MEN AND A TRUCK, you’re eliminating quite a bit of stress from your life. Our moving teams work with rental properties to understand all the rules and regulations of moving into the community, and they’re ready to handle all the tough moving associated with an apartment or condo.

Complete the move in checklist

Typically at a rental property, a landlord will present you with a moving day checklist that you’re required to complete and give back to them. This document requires you to go through the property and ensure everything is in working order and that there are no damages prior to you moving in.

If you see anything that is out of place or needs to be fixed, be sure to write it down so that you aren’t charged for the repair in the future.

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Published at Mon, 16 Sep 2019 15:42:34 +0000

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How to Deal with Moving House Stress

Posted by on Sep 19, 2019 in The Moving | Comments Off on How to Deal with Moving House Stress

How to Deal with Moving House Stress

How to Deal with Moving House Stress

Moving House Checklist > How to Deal with Moving House Stress

It’s fair to say that we’re creatures of habit. Whether it’s making breakfast in the morning or locking the front door when you leave, these habits make up our daily routine and provide us with a sense of security in our day to day lives. Taking an estimated 30 days to form, once established these habits, whether good or bad, are usually seen as pretty permanent features in our lives.

But what happens when these habits get disrupted?

Moving house is often titled as one of the most stressful times in a person life, up there with getting married or changing jobs.  It throws your daily habits to the wind and requires a whole new level of organisational prowess, placing sizeable strain on our already worry prone minds. In fact, according to the mental health charity, Mind, around 5.9 in every 100 people will be diagnosed with generalised anxiety disorder, equating to nearly 4 million individuals given this year’s population statistics. 

With such high numbers of us already experience these feelings of pressure and worry, the idea of additional moving stress probably isn’t sounding too appealing.  But that shouldn’t be the case.  Whilst moving house has its negatives, it also can mark the start of an exciting new chapter filled with possibility and the chance to grow. 

So, don’t let moving house stress take control! Learn how to manage the worry and relocate like a pro with our top tips and actionable steps, all designed to help you put you in the best position come moving day.

Top Causes of Moving House Stress

Whilst moving house can cause a lot of stress in and of itself, it can also be the trigger to a whole range of much more specific issues.  Narrowing down on the exact reason for your anxiety is a great step in minimising, whether that be through tackling the issue itself or your thinking towards it.


A 2016 survey by MoneySupermarket found that a whopping 18.5 million people in the UK credited day-to-day finances as their main cause of stress.  And that’s without the added pressure of moving house.

This added strain can make money worries that much more prevalent, with unexpected fees and required costs pushing monthly budgets up and over their limits.  Therefore, it’s important to do your research and work out exactly what payments you should expect.  This will allow you to develop a realistic budget, identify where you can save money and whether you need to address any potential sticking points.


Whether you’re staying at an existing job or relocating for your dream role, work and moving house are a stressful combination.  It can prompt a multitude of worries, whether that be around money, performance or settling into a new position, everything seems that much more heightened when you have a move to organise. 

If you feel these worries starting to grow, informing your employer of your relocation plans can be a great first step.  Once your boss is in the know, they may be able to offer you some much needed flexibility and support surrounding your move. Allowing you some much needed breathing space and reducing anxiety around performance or availability changes.

Changes to family situation

The choice to move house can be prompted by a whole range of reasons, from property prices to dream location, the list goes on and on.  However, changes to family situations are one of the most common motivation for soon-to-be movers. This can include accommodating for quickly expanding family, with due dates quickly becoming an ever looming presence in your moving journey. 

Whilst there’s often not much you can do about these changes, understanding the root of these anxieties can be extremely useful in combatting them.  For example, if moving in by a certain day is causing you stress, be sure to have alternative accommodation in place if things don’t complete as planned.  Whatever the stress may be, having a responsive action in place in key in handle family related worries.

Ways to Deal with Moving Stress

Plan Ahead

As with all management strategies having a clear plan in place is vital when achieving your goal.  And when it comes to moving house, your goal is to make it as stress and hassle free as possible.

So, how can you create the perfect moving house battle plan to tackle that stress head on? Well to start out you’ll need two main things: time and resources.

That doesn’t mean staying up all hours of the night researching moving companies, but instead putting aside some distraction-free time to create timelines, gather information and contact professionals. Start big and hone in, making a note of any important deadlines or priority tasks you need to tackle first. Be sure to read through our ‘Ultimate Moving House Checklist’, for more information.

Ask the important questions early

Anxiety often feeds off uncertainty, where unknown and possibilities can morph into catastrophised thinking and worst case scenarios.

So, to tackle this fear of the unknown it’s important to ask questions early.

This can be anything from ‘Is there a burglar alarm?’ to ‘What are the bills like?’, nothing is too big or too small when it comes to your future home.  If you know something is an area of concern for you make sure to bring it up, whether it be at your first viewing or further along in the housing process, it’s never too late to get confirmation on something.

It’s a great idea of keep a list on your phone of potential questions, as this allows you to add new queries whenever they pop up and have them on hand during property viewings and estate agent meetings.


Always have a backup plan

No one feels calm when faced with a do or die situation.  And, as big of a step as moving house is, it’s important to remember that everything is open to change.  Contracts can fall through, sellers can pull out or maybe you change your mind, being aware of these possibilities will allow you to prepare for them.

When developing a backup plan for your move it’s important to narrow down the specific repercussion you want to prepare for.  These could be as big as having a separate fall-back bank account with your emergency fund, or as small as having someone to look after the kids for a few hours if things take longer than expected.  Establishing these precautions will allow you to remain calm in the face of stress and handle any last minute disasters with a level head.


Hire professionals if needed

Moving house is an expensive process, making it easy to fall into the trap of cutting costs at every opportunity.  Whilst being frugal with your money isn’t necessarily bad thing, prioritizing saving money above all else can leave you in some pretty deep water, especially when it comes to mental well-being.

Especially if you have a busy schedule or demanding job, trying to squeeze packing into your evenings isn’t going to make you any less stressed. Regardless of whether the job gets finished or not.

Therefore, it’s vital to take a step back and assess how much time (and energy) you’ll have available to complete a certain job.  Whether it be sorting paperwork, packing or taking items to the charity shop, everything should be considered.  If you then discover you don’t have the necessary time to complete a task, investigate professionals who could help you get it done.  This can include paying for an additional packing service when the movers arrive or finding a second-hand shop that collect donations from your home; getting a professional in can save you a lot of time and stress when it comes to moving house.

Ask for help

Whilst comments like ‘you’ve made it’ or ‘I wish I were you’ can seems like well earned praise for soon-to-be movers, they can often promote idea of having to keep up appearance or only presenting a highlight reel of your experience.

This can be a big factor when it comes to asking for help, as the associate shame of ‘not being able to cope’ may deter you from reaching out.  Therefore, loading more work onto your plate and no way to relieve it.

But here’s the thing, no one is a superhero when it comes to moving house! Packing itself is a feat that can take weeks to complete, especially if you’re trying some solo furniture dismantling. So, don’t be afraid to ask for help. Whether it’s from family or friends, for a task big or small, people are always happy to lend a part and make your moving experience that much easier. Especially when there’s a nice cold ‘thank you’ drink available for them at the end of the day.  


Take time away from everything

It’s no surprise that taking some time for yourself and your mental well-being is one of the most important steps when it comes to combatting stress. Being able to disconnect and recoup not only allows you to give your mind a break and get some much needed relaxation but can also allow you to gain greater perspective and clarity going forward throughout your move.

This can involve taking a walk, getting a massage or even a morning spent reading in your favourite café, whatever allows you to switch off and relax.  Try to incorporate these periods of calm into your lead up to moving day, whether they take 5 minutes or 5 hours.

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Published at Thu, 19 Sep 2019 10:00:34 +0000

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Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs Proves He’s Scared of Clowns

Posted by on Sep 16, 2019 in The Moving | Comments Off on Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs Proves He’s Scared of Clowns

Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs Proves He’s Scared of Clowns

Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs Proves He’s Scared of Clowns

Sean “Diddy” Combs assured Ellen that the rumor of him being scared of clowns was absolutely not true, but Ellen’s secret scare proved otherwise.


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Moving Small Loads? Hire Partial Load Movers

Posted by on Sep 13, 2019 in The Moving | Comments Off on Moving Small Loads? Hire Partial Load Movers

Moving Small Loads? Hire Partial Load Movers

Moving Small Loads? Hire Partial Load Movers

Small load moving companiesWhen you’re moving between two homes, then you will move, at least in most cases, all of your household items and personal possessions from the place you’re leaving to the place you’re moving into. This is a full-house move and it happens to be the most frequent type of residential moving.

In some cases though, you may wish to move only part of your household items – like several pieces of furniture, a few household appliances, one or two specialty items you may own, or the content of a single room packed up in cardboard boxes. And if that’s what you’re up against, then you’re most likely looking at a mini move – a partial load move that is way different than a full-service move.

The following small moving guide will offer you critical tips for moving small loads across country – practical pieces of advice that should help you move your small load of furniture or small load of personal items to the new address quickly and safely.

CHECK if your move can classify as a small load move

A mini move is one where the total weight of the household items to be moved falls below the 1,000-pound mark.

Now, why is this important? As a rule of thumb, full-service movers charge a minimum weight for each shipment, that that weight is around 2,000 pounds. That basically means that if you’re only moving a few select furniture pieces or a small number of cardboard boxes, then you’ll be better off hiring partial load movers simply because they don’t have a minimum weight requirement.

Why should you pay good money for a 2,000-pound shipment when the all the things you’re moving won’t even hit the 1,000-pound mark? Simply put, don’t waste your hard-earned money for nothing, ok?

Here are a few house moving scenarios that can help you identify your upcoming move as a mini move.

  • You’re only moving the content of a single room. Moving into a college dorm room is a classic example of such a type of relocation but yours may be drastically different. In the majority of cases, the things found inside a single room should not exceed 1,000 pounds.
  • You’re moving out temporarily, meaning that you don’t really need to move all your possessions with you. This may be the case if you’re moving abroad for a short period of time or if you’re going to study in another state or even country.
  • You’re only moving a few furniture pieces. For one reason or another, you just need some of your furniture transported to another place – a good example of hiring small moving services instead of standard moving services.
  • You’re only moving a single specialty item between two homes. Whether you need to have your precious piano moved, or maybe your hot tub, or your pool table, you’ll definitely be dealing with a small move in that case.

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UNDERSTAND your moving options for small loads

Be smart when moving small loads across the country – before you decide how to approach the relocation, you’ll want to know that you’ve made the right decision, especially when your hard-earned money is involved. And to reach an informed decision, you’ll first need to understand well your moving options.

Option 1: Moving small loads by yourself

In most relocation cases, moving long distance by yourself is not worth the trouble due to the great number of hidden DIY costs that most people fail to see before it’s too late.

Small moving options

Moving small loads by yourself is a good options when you’re only moving a short distance.

When moving locally, your Do-It-Yourself moving options can range from borrowing a friend’s pickup truck to renting a moving van and transporting your small loads without any professional assistance. Those small move options are good enough because of the short distance between the two homes. In some specific cases, you may be able to transport your stuff to the new address in your own personal vehicle.

When moving across the country, your self-move options get severely limited due to the hundreds or thousands of miles between the starting point and the end point of your house move. All of a sudden, the money you will pay for fuel, lodging, tolls, and unexpected personal expenses will match or even exceed what you’d pay professional partial load movers to do that job for you.

Add the time you’ll lose in the meantime and the risks and dangers on the road while you’re navigating a big truck along unknown roads and territories, and you’ll get to understand why great relocation distances should never be underestimated when moving cross country, be it only with a small load of furniture or loads of cardboard boxes.

Option 2: Using small scale movers

One great advantage when hiring small shipment movers is that you won’t be charged a minimum weight fee (usually set at 2,000 pounds) to have your items shipped to another home. Instead, you will pay only for the actual shipment weight you’re moving – be it a single furniture piece or several small loads.

Read below to learn other great advantages of using professional small moving services.

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HIRE small load movers for your peace of mind

Another great bonus of using one of the best small load moving companies in your town or city is that will give you an accurate cost estimate after an in-home survey of the small load that you’re moving. Once you state your requirements and maybe request extra moving services (for example, temporary storage of your things at the mover’s warehouse), your partial load mover will quote you a final price that’s based on the weight of your small load, the move distance, and the extra services requested.

What’s more, there shouldn’t be any hidden charges or last-minute fees when hiring top-rated moving companies that move small loads across the country.

Make sure you talk with your small load moving company about the option of shared load moving – that’s when your items get loaded on the same moving truck with another person’s belongings so that the moving expenses can be shared between you and that other person. In reality, since you’re only moving a small number of household items, moving truck sharing will enable you to save big on your long-distance move.

Now, how to find the best small load movers in your area?

  • GET recommendations for good small load movers from friends, colleagues, or neighbors. Use the power of social media networks to ask your circle of friends if anyone has dealt with any moving companies that take small loads.
  • Small move services

    Professional movers are strong and experienced. What’s more, your partial load movers should be able to give you a good price.

    REQUEST free moving estimates from a few small scale movers for your long-distance move. Have the moving professionals visit your home in person so that they can give you accurate moving quotes based on the limited number of items you’ve got for moving.

  • COMPARE the moving estimates you’ve received. Also, compare the various partial load movers by reading customer reviews about the companies in an attempt to pick one with predominantly positive reviews and ratings.
  • RESEARCH your partial load movers to verify that they are properly licensed by the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT). Interstate movers must have valid USDOT numbers issued by the Government as proof of their legitimate status.

First and foremost, get in touch with top-rated small shipment movers.

4. REDUCE the small moving costs

Even though you’re moving small loads across the country, you should still make an effort to reduce the moving costs any way you can. One thing you shouldn’t forget is that it’s your own money that’s at risk of being wasted so you should monitor your expenses as closely as possible.

  • PICK the low-cost partial load mover that’s offered you the best deal in terms of price and conditions.
  • SORT out your household items, again, and make sure you’re only moving the things that you must take with you.
  • GET hold of free moving boxes so that you don’t have to pay for overly expensive cardboard containers. Keep in mind that even when you’re not moving all of your household items and personal belongings, the money you spend for packing boxes will most likely be your biggest packing expense.
  • DISASSEMBLE, whenever possible, any furniture that you’re taking with you. That way, you won’t need to pay your movers extra for the furniture disassembly service offered by moving professionals. If you’re not sure how to partially disassemble a furniture unit for moving, then don’t take any unnecessary risks. Instead, trust your small move service provides to do it safely and quickly.
  • PACK whatever you can by yourself to avoid having to pay professionals packers to do it for you. You can pack by yourself clothes, bedding, shoes, books, and other non-breakable items fairly easily. Usually, it’s the extra-fragile items and specialty ones – a piano or a grandfather clock, for example – that you should leave to experienced packers.
  • SPEAK with your professional mover about having your small load shared with another person’s truckload so that you pay only part of the final bill. Usually, that should be the case when you’re moving long distance simply because the moving company itself will want to have their trucks loaded fully before going the distance.
    The big disadvantage of sharing the truck space with another partial shipment is that you’ll probably need to wait longer to have your items delivered to your door.

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5. FOCUS on the important partial move details

Moving small amounts of household goods to another place is all about paying attention to the small details that may prove to be deciding for the success of your mini move. By now, you should have already taken care of the major aspects of the house move – finding partial load movers and lowering the moving price by using proven cost-saving techniques.

  • Hire partial load movers

    Don’t underestimate the complexity of your partial load move. Bad decisions often lead to strong headaches.

    Purchase extra insurance. If your small shipment includes high-value articles, then you must discuss with your small load moving company the option of purchasing extra moving insurance for those valuable or expensive items.
    A good example is when you’re moving a piano that is either super-expensive or is infused with sentimental value (a family heirloom) and naturally, you will want that big and heavy musical instrument to reach its destination perfectly intact. Other instances when you’ll need to buy moving insurance is when you’re moving a grandfather clock or antique furniture pieces.

  • Book the mini move ASAP. Once you pick your partial load mover, there isn’t a single reason why you shouldn’t reserve the move with that moving company. In most cases, you may get an extra discount for early booking and besides, you’ll increase your chances of having your small shipment combined with that of somebody else, thus potentially decreasing the time you’ll need to wait between pick-up and delivery.
  • Explore possible storage solutions. You may need to have your small load stored at a secure storage facility in case your new home is not yet ready for that shipment, or if you plan to be away for a pre-determined period of time. Most partial load movers should be able to offer you that extra service for an additional fee that will depend on the size of your shipment and the storage period you specify.
    Make sure you discuss all details with your small load movers so that everything smoothly and according to plan.

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Published at Thu, 12 Sep 2019 05:00:45 +0000

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Best Cities in the UK: Manchester

Posted by on Sep 10, 2019 in The Moving | Comments Off on Best Cities in the UK: Manchester

Best Cities in the UK: Manchester

Best Cities in the UK: Manchester

Best Places to Live in the UK > 20 Best Cities > Manchester

Welcome to Manchester, a city built on rock n roll, parka jackets and a venomous football rivalry that splits the city in two. Manchester is a city that rocks to its own rhythm, swaggering about the place with that recognisable stride, waving two fingers in the air to anybody that doesn’t want to listen. 

Manchester is a proud city, a city steeped in tradition, and it wants you to know about it. Manchester may come across as brash, but ask anyone who has visited the city or lives there, and they will tell you all about Manchester’s charm and charisma.

Thinking of moving to Manchester?

Often regarded as the UK’s ‘second city’ (although, Birmingham residents may have something to say about that), the city of Manchester has a population of 534,475 people. The number of people moving to Manchester continues to grow year-on-year, with people choosing to move to the city for the bustling lifestyle that comes in at a fraction of the price of living in London.

In fact, between 2017-18, 10,200 people left London to move to Greater Manchester, according to figures from the Office of National Statistics. While we often hear about the attraction of London, only 8,870 people moved from Greater Manchester to London during this period, meaning London suffered a net loss of 1,330 people to its Northern rival. 

What does Manchester have to offer?

Manchester is a city that caters for everyone. Whether you’re a rock n roller, a house and techno head, a lover of fine art and theatre, or you love a good old smokey pub, Manchester is the city for you. 


Mancunians are spoilt for choice when it comes to nightlife, with the city having one of the infamous party scenes in the UK. While London’s nightlife continues to splutter and be shut down, Manchester’s establishments are thriving, with new businesses opening to cater to the city’s new population of trendy young things that have money to spend.

Manchester’s Northern Quarter is the city’s standout hub of nightlife, but there are still plenty of bars scattered about across the city that have yet to be discovered by the ‘mainstream’ and continue to operate under the radar. Such is the blossoming nature of Manchester’s social scene, there are now more than 500 licensed premises in the city centre alone.

While it’s easy to see Manchester as nothing more than a party city that is only thriving due to its influence on the UK’s music scene, the city has so much more to offer its residents than just an incredible nightlife and unrivalled music venues. 


Manchester, like London and Birmingham, is a multicultural city. Research conducted by the University of Manchester revealed that the city is one of the country’s most diverse, with 37% of schoolchildren speaking another language in addition to English. It also is estimated that more than half of Manchester’s adult population is multilingual, with the 2011 Census revealing that 17% of adults in Manchester speak something other than English as their ‘main’ language.

Manchester’s diversity is evident when you walk through its streets, with the city openly celebrating the different cultures that exist and thrive harmoniously together. The city’s private sector also actively seeks out international talent to benefit the range of professional industries that continues to grow.

Employment Opportunities in Manchester

While it used to be that professionals would flock to the south for better career opportunities, things have started to change. The past decade has seen Manchester become a key player in the UK job market, with the city being home to large tech, media and financial firms, as well as a hotbed for startups. 

The region of Greater Manchester has a rapidly expanding economy, with it being the second-fastest in the UK behind London. The region generates £62.8 billion GVA (gross value added) each year, and the city’s workforce continues to grow at a steady rate.

Growing Industries

When you look at the opportunities afforded to those who move to Manchester, it’s easy to see why so many people are heading north and setting up in the city. The creative and knowledge industries are thriving in Manchester, while the manufacturing sector continues to play a big part in the local economy.

Manchester has a rich manufacturing history, particularly in textiles, but the city’s landscape is changing. Recent years have seen a rise in the IT, biotechnology and research sectors, with the creative industry also taking a grip of the city.

The diversifying of Manchester’s economy has led to international corporations moving to the city and there has been a huge development in the media sector. Manchester is now home to some of the UK’s most renowned media brands, including the BBC and ITV, and the city is also home to a growing startup scene.

According to the latest figures released by RSM, there were 1,079 software development and programming businesses created in the North West in 2018. This figure is a 48% increase in the 729 companies that were set up in the previous year and is the highest growth of any UK region. While London continues to lead the way in the startup industry, the North West, and Manchester, in particular, is now hot on its heels.

It’s not just the creative and digital industries that are blossoming in the city, the financial sector has also experienced rapid growth. Finance is now one of the largest employment sectors in the city, with one in 10 Mancunians working in the sector. 

There is also a growing science sector, which has risen alongside the introduction of the Manchester Science Park. The business park is home to over 120 science-based businesses and is constantly attracting new businesses and talent.

Property in Manchester

So, we know that Manchester’s employment sector is growing, but is there enough housing to go around and how much does it cost? 

Unsurprisingly, Manchester is a lot cheaper than London when it comes to housing. While this isn’t hard, given that London is eye-wateringly expensive, the cost of living in Manchester forms a large part of the city’s appeal.


For those looking to buy, the average price of a property in Manchester stood at £189,095 in August 2019. This is significantly lower than the average price of a property in the UK, which the Office of National Statistics records at £226,798.

The price of a property in Manchester has fallen by 1% in the last three months, and 1.92% in the past 12 months. This is likely down to the increasing uncertainty surrounding Brexit, but it also represents a good time to buy in the city. House prices had been rising at a considerable rate before the referendum. 

For those looking to buy in the city, flats in Manchester sold for an average of £173,758, while terraced houses in the suburbs were sold for an average £144,493. These figures are according to the current Zoopla estimates. When you compare these prices to London, where the average property will cost you £478,853, it’s easy to see why people are moving to Manchester to buy property


Renting in Manchester is also a lot cheaper than in London. For renters living in London, the idea of ever living within the city centre is a distant pipedream. However, for Mancunians, living in the centre of town is a viable option. 

A one-bedroom apartment in Manchester City Centre will set you back £782 on average, while an apartment outside of the centre will cost £572. In comparison, a one-bedroom apartment in the centre of London will leave you £1,711 out of pocket, with an apartment outside of the centre costing you £1218 on average. These figures are from the price comparison website, Numbeo.

Salaries in Manchester

While London salaries are higher than those in Manchester, the cost of living means that the average Londoner will end up with less ‘living’ money than their Northern counterparts. 

The average monthly net salary in Manchester is £1,769 after-tax, compared to £2,321 in London. Despite the fact that Mancunians earn around £600 less than Londoners, the cost of rent and transportation in the capital leaves its residents short-changed.

What is there to see outside of Manchester?

Manchester may be an expansive and cosmopolitan city, but the area surrounding it is some of the most beautiful in the country. 

The city is a fantastic base from which to explore the rest of the country and also has an airport providing international and domestic flights on a regular basis.  

The Peak District

Just an hours drive south-east from the city is the Peak District, Britains first national park that offers a vast centre of moorlands, forests, dales and streams. The area is also home to some of the most picturesque villages in the UK.

The peak district is perfect for both outside adventurers and relaxed ramblers. The area has a number of stately homes, including Chatsworth House, while also containing extreme landscapes and challenging hikes. 

The Lake District

Heading to the north-west of the city, you will find the Lake District and its stunning landscapes. Unsurprisingly, the region is known for its famous lakes, but it also features awe-inspiring mountains and hills. 

The Lake District is the second-largest national park in the UK and is home to Scafell Pike, the highest mountain in England. The mountain treks and hikes expose you to some of the most stunning scenery that the UK has to offer and you can also enjoy boat rides on the lakes as a unique way to take in the mesmerising surroundings. 

If hiking isn’t your thing, the Lake District has plenty of quaint pubs and villages to whittle away an afternoon in, and the area is known for its fine cuisine, particularly the legendary Cumberland sausage. 

The Lake District has been the inspiration for many celebrated writers, and you can visit the houses where Beatrix Potter and William Wordsworth created their famous works. 

Its mixture of pretty villages, extreme landscapes and tranquil lakes attracts millions of visitors each year, and the region is only one and a half hours from Manchester, making it the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of the city.

North Wales

It may be a different country, but the dramatic coastline of North Wales is only a couple of hours drive from Manchester, and is well worth a visit. 

Famed for its spectacular landscapes, North Wales has plenty to offer water sports fans and adventure lovers. The area is home to Mount Snowdon, the highest peak in Wales, and also contains some of the most stunning mountain ranges in the UK. 

For many people, Manchester is nothing more than the birthplace of bands like Oasis, The Stone Roses and Happy Mondays. While these bands have formed a large part of its identity, people are too quick to associate the attitude and culture that came with their ‘Madchester’ movement to the city. 

There’s no doubt that the swagger, arrogance and bravado that came with the movement still exists within certain parts of Manchester, but the city of today is so much more than that.

Being a multicultural city with affordable housing and a growing job market, Manchester is now an attractive proposition for people looking to enjoy the hustle and bustle of a big city without the price tag. There are not many cities that can take people off of London, but Manchester is doing just that, and that’s why it is undoubtedly one of the best places to live in the UK. 

Interested in other UK cities? Why not check out our 20 Best Cities to Live in the UK for more information!

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Published at Mon, 09 Sep 2019 09:00:24 +0000

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