You have done it – you have unpacked and moved into your new home! The next question is what do you do with all the empty cardboard boxes you have been left with? Did you know that each year the UK alone produces 8 million tonnes of cardboard and research shows that the everyday house move uses on average a total of 60 cardboard boxes. That is a lot of cardboard, which can be used for so many other things!
For the Kids...
Children love to make a mess and get creative and with half term fast approaching these ideas will keep them out of trouble. There are lots of fun and exciting things they can create from a simple cardboard box. Just one or two cardboard boxes can be transformed into an adrenalin pumping stair slide, a costume (especially useful with Halloween coming up!), a car or train track or even some cardboard box kitchen appliances such as a mini-oven – the list goes on.
Top 5 for Kids...
- Stair slide
- Fancy dress costumes
- Puppet show theatre
- Giant dice
- Car/train playmat
Maybe you fancy doing something a little more practical with your left over boxes? Just a bit of scrap fabric can transform a cardboard box into a lovely storage box - we particularly liked these personalised ones with wooden letters. Another idea is to cut up your boxes and use them to make some unique and individual ‘we have moved’ cards. For all you avid gardeners, cardboard boxes can come in extremely useful during the winter months in protecting your plants and grass from frost and make excellent plant pots!
Top 5 Practical Uses…
- 'We have moved' cards
- Storage boxes
- Photo frames
- Pet beds/scratching posts
- Grass frost protection
Take a look at our Pinterest board for even more helpful ideas and let us know what you did with your boxes.
RENTS HIT FRESH RECORD DESPITE SHARP SLOWDOWN IN ANNUAL RISES
- New all-time record high of £768 per month for average residential rents across England & Wales
- Comes despite slower rent rises of just 1.5% in year to September, down from 2.4% in year to August
- Tenant finances improve with only 7.2% of all rent in arrears, falling from 8.5% in September last year
- House price rises take landlords’ gross returns to record 13.4% before mortgage or maintenance costs
Rents have edged to a new all-time record, at a slowing annual rate of just 1.5%, according to the latest Buy-to-Let Index from the UK’s largest lettings agent networks, Your Move and Reeds Rains. Residential rents across England and Wales now average £768 per month, or £10 higher than in September 2013. On a monthly basis September’s average rents are 0.8% higher than in August, representing a rise of £7 in absolute terms since the previous month. Annual growth has slowed dramatically since August, when rents were 2.4% higher than a year before – rising just 1.5% over the twelve months ending September 2014.
David Newnes, Director of Estate Agents Your Move, comments: “Historically rent rises have broadly tracked inflation. And as the wider cost of living grows ever more slowly, so too has the cost of renting a home.
“That said, autumn is always a busy period for the lettings industry, and this has been no exception. Looking ahead, it is likely that rents in most parts of the UK will have now reached their seasonal peak – so as the market cools along with the autumn weather there may be opportunities for some tenants to pick up a favourable deal."
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House Prices fall for the first time in a year
· Average Scottish house price drops 0.2% in August, as over half the country sees price falls
· But strongest August in 7 years for house sales, despite monthly dip ahead of referendum
· New peak prices reached in East Lothian and Aberdeen City, while values drop in Edinburgh
Commentary on the Scottish Index
Gordon Fowlis, Regional Managing Director of Your Move, comments: “The powerful spell of growth cast over the Scottish property market was broken in August, as house prices fell for first time in a year. At a time when property values across the rest of the UK were continuing to grow, Scotland moved against the grain and average house prices dropped across more than half the country – including Edinburgh, Aberdeenshire, South Lanarkshire, East Dunbartonshire and Fife.
“It’s been an unpredictable and momentous few months in Scotland’s history. In August, uncertainty was still rife over the outcome of the independence referendum, and this hindered the pace of activity in the housing market. Sales in August were 8% below the typical seasonal trend, as sellers shirked the market and buyers postponed purchase decisions until the dust settled. This trend appears more acute at the top tiers of the market, where there were bigger investments at stake, and there was an 11% drop in the number of homes sold across Scotland for over £1 million between July and August. But this didn’t poison the longer-term health of the market, and this was the strongest August for house sales since 2007.”
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First Time Buyer Online Survey Winners:
Your Move are delight to announce that the winners of our First Time Buyer Survey Competition between December 2013 and July 2014.
The following people were selected at random and received M&S vouchers:
Mr Miguel Casanova
Ms Cheryl Estoy
Mr Simon Ore
Landlord Sentiment Survey
Your Move is also pleased to announce the winner of our Landlord Survey in December 2013 was Mr Robert Doubtfire, who also received M&S vouchers.
Guess the price of the property
Your Move is delighted to announce that the winners of our ‘Guess the Price of the Property’ competition from our newsletter were:
Mrs K North who won a bottle of champagne, and Mrs V Wilson who received vouchers.