Thursday, July 25, 2024

Moving house in Lincolnshire: a quick start guide

At the beginning of 2024, the average house price across the whole of the UK was around the £280,000 mark – shocking considering that in the 1980s you could buy a standard family home for more like £20,000. But how does Lincolnshire stack up compared to the rest of the country – and how can you keep the costs down if you’re moving house in Lincolnshire?

Lincolnshire house prices

The average house price in the county is currently around £220,000 – significantly less than the average across the UK. Compared to other counties, Lincolnshire is very affordable, which is good news for anyone looking to buy. This is true especially for first-time buyers who may be on a budget and need lower prices in order to even get on the property ladder.

The median house price for Lincolnshire is lower – more like £190,000. The median price gives a more accurate reflection of the type of properties that most people are buying, and is unaffected by the handful of extremely valuable homes being bought and sold within the county. According to recent research, most homes in Lincolnshire sell within the £150,000 – £200,000 price bracket.

How to get the best deals

Lincolnshire has a wide range of service providers and experts to help you with your house move, but how do you go about choosing the firms that are right for you, making sure you’re getting the best deals? Start by making a moving house checklist of all the things you must do and the people you need to help you.

This could include things like:
• Local estate agents
• Surveyors
• Solicitors
• Removal firms
• Cleaners

It’s always a good first step to ask your friends and neighbours whether they have any recommendations. Local firms should be backed by reviews or be able to offer you case studies or references. They should also have transparent pricing to enable you to compare prices with other suppliers.

Negotiate, negotiate, negotiate

Many people assume that the prices of professional services like estate agents and solicitors are always non-negotiable, but that simply isn’t the case. There is almost always some room at least for haggling, so don’t be shy – remember, if you don’t ask you don’t get! Anything you can save could be a valuable contribution towards doing the house up or carrying out fun renovations.

If you feel uncomfortable asking for money off, another way to approach it is to ask for extra services or perks to be included in the same price. For example, your removal company might not be able to give you a discount, but could they provide packing boxes free of charge? However you decide to approach it, be bold and remember that as long as you’re asking respectfully, the worst that can happen is that they say no.

Lincolnshire is a fantastic place to live, with friendly people and plenty of great scenery and culture. Whether you’re moving within the county or are completely new to the area, we wish you all the best for a successful move!

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