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Housing Market on the Up!

Housing Market on the Up!

Following last months announcements that buyer enquiries had risen in January, 19% of surveyors confirmed that house prices have also risen, up from 11% in December.

It’s also the first time since July 2018 that more RICS members have reported a rise than a fall in house prices. There is also optimism amongst the members that this trend will continue through 2020.

As a final boost to the housing market the number of mortgage approvals is also rising with December seeing 1,500 more approvals than in November. It appears the political certainty has been of great benefit to the housing market and this could be a good time to buy and sell.

If you are looking at moving, IRIS removals offers a complete professional service. Contact us for a quote.

A Strong Message Going Into 2020

Knight Frank, the estate agency, is reporting a steep rise in the number of buyers registering in the early part of January. The number of buyers registering an interest in the second week of January rose by 92% compared to the same week last year.

It appears to be a post election boost with Rightmove also reporting house prices have risen by 2.3% since the election. It’s another positive sign regarding buyers willingness to transact whilst supply still remains relatively low. 

Supply increases in spring but if you’re thinking of selling this year, it is worth looking at your options now.

Should you find the right property and need a professional removal service IRIS removals would be happy to offer you a quote.

League Movers!

IRIS Removals is heading to the top of the league as sponsors of Oxford Leys FC. Currently in Division One of the Oxford City Football League, they are unbeaten in the first 7 games of the season and very much have their sights set on the top spot!

Manager, Jacob Earl said “We are a local men’s team based in Blackbird Leys, playing in the Oxford City Football league, proudly sponsored by Iris Removals. We have been running for about 5 years, now in our second season of Saturday football. We are doing very well, and are currently unbeaten. Next season we will be looking to be promoted, and join the Oxford Senior League.”

Having previously announced our sponsorship of the grassroots U12s team in Bloxham, the team at IRIS Removals are delighted to spread our support across Oxfordshire and into the adult football scene.

Are you Moving House with Children?

Moving home can be a stressful time anyway but if you have children there are a number of additional factors to consider. If you’re worried and anxious about your move it’s highly likely your children are too so here is our best advice for dealing with children and the big day!

Before the Move

The first step is to make sure you communicate what’s about to happen, the conversation should begin before a for sale board appears in the front garden so they are clear what’s going to happen, your hopeful timetable of events and why there is a need to move.

If it’s a move to a new area, or even a move to a new country, this will obviously impact on your children’s friendships, schools and clubs so the sooner this becomes a reality to them the better. Make sure they are involved in looking for a new house, looking round the area and introduce them to the parts of the new town they will be keen on. This might be the local shops, park or leisure centre. Knowing they can still participate in their favourite activity will ease some fears they may have.

During the Move

This is generally the most stressful day of the whole process. Time can be a pressure, either waiting or rushing! Making sure you have an experienced removal firm is key and we, at IRIS Removals, offer a professional service, as many will testify.

Making moving day a family activity will give your children confidence so make the day about the memories made and new adventures ahead. Allow them time to say goodbye to their room, tree house or favourite cubby hole and consider having a family photo outside the old home and later new home.

It is worth considering if they need to around for the whole day though. Seeing their possessions being loaded into a van may be traumatic and the buzz of the day could be intimidating. If they can stay with friends or family this may be an advantage. Obviously moving a longer distance may make this impossible, in which case do you all need to be at the old home whilst it’s being packed up?

After the Move

Hopefully if all has gone well there will be a sense of relief and excitement. The whole moving process will start to fade in the memory and you will be able to start planning for your new future. Getting into a routine as quick as possible is a top tip. Make it feel like home as quickly as possible and start with the kids rooms. Involve them in the process of laying out their room, if you’re in a position to decorate their room then allow them input into colours, wallpaper and the decor. This can be a great experience for all the family to be involved in.

Starting a new school and making new friends could be daunting so having the home and their room as a happy, safe environment as quickly as possible offers a relief from other stresses they may be facing.

If you’ve found your new family home and need a reliable, professional removal company in Oxfordshire, then contact us so we can make your family’s dreams become reality!

Supporting Bloxham Move Up the League!

We are delighted to be supporting a local grassroots team in Oxfordshire. The Under 12 Rangers from Bloxham, Banbury play in the Witney and District Youth League and now proudly wear our logo on their backs, on a match day.

Bloxham FC (http://www.bloxhamfc.co.uk) are an inclusive, local community club with teams from U6 – Vets, with a growing number of players largely due to their philosophy of making sure kids just play!

We wish them all the best for the season and hope to see them on their own move up the league, in their bid to perform better each week!

Bloxham Rangers U12s Lining Up IRIS Removals
Bloxham Rangers U12s Lining Up IRIS Removals

Changes to Shared Ownership Scheme

In an attempt to improve the number of home owners, particularly among young people, the government have announced a change to the shared ownership scheme. Under the previous system people could buy a proportion of their home, which can be as little as 25%, and then pay a subsidised rent on the rest.

10% portions of the home could then be purchased, allowing for more of the home to be owned. Under the new plans 1% increments will be considered, making it easier to buy more of the home.

Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick said, “Building the houses this country needs is a central priority of this government. We know that most people still want to own their own home, but for many the dream seems a remote one. My mission is to increase the number of homes that are being delivered and to get more young people and families onto the housing ladder, particularly those on lower incomes.

Help to Buy, the cut to Stamp Duty and our home-building programmes are already making a real difference, but I am clear we need to go much further if we are to make the housing market work.”

This is good news for Oxfordshire with new housing popping up across the county from Banbury and Bicester to Abingdon and Watlington, it will hopefully provide greater opportunities for Oxfordshire residents.

On Yer Bike!


The 2019 Westminster to Islip bike ride is once again being sponsored by IRIS Removals.

 “Absolutely delighted to be involved with sponsoring and indeed the logistics of collecting all the bicycles for delivery down to Westminster Abbey. This is our third time of being involved and it certainly has got bigger and better every time in terms of the number of participants. It’s a really joyful and wonderful event so do get involved. We promised to look after your bicycle too!” – Graham Smalley Managing Partner

More information about the ride itself can be found below:

A team of villagers from Islip, Oxon are inviting cyclists young and old to join in a day of cycling on Sunday 7 May 2017.  The event which is being held for the third time offers cyclists a fun day out and the opportunity to raise money for a charity.  Three rides have been organised to suit everyone from tiny peddlers to keen cyclists.  All entrance fees will split between two village organisations (Friends of Dr South’s School and St Nicholas Church) and riders are encouraged to seek sponsorship in aid of a charity of their own choice.  The target is 300 cyclists and to raise £10,000.  The ‘Big Bike Ride’ has been kindly supported by Breckon & Breckon estate agents and Isis Removals & Storage both based in Oxford.

 The Big Bike Ride is approximately 65 miles from Westminster Abbey to Islip and will symbolically link Islip, the birthplace of Edward the Confessor with the Abbey he founded.  The proposed route will take in sights such as Buckingham Palace and Hyde Park, follow the Grand Union Canal, then travel through the Chilterns via Great Missenden and Princes Risborough before reaching Thame and finally Islip.  The Reverend Professor Vernon White, Canon of Westminster will set the riders off at 9am with a blessing in The Sanctuary, Westminster Abbey.

The two other rides are Nearly There which is approximately 18 miles from Thame Market Square to Islip and Tykes and Trikes which is a very short ride in the village for children and includes a ‘decorate a bike’ competition.

The Big Bike Ride organisers are inviting local small charities or community organisations who might not have the resources to organise an event of this size themselves to put forward a team.  These teams will then each raise sponsorship funds for their own cause.  Individual riders can also seek sponsorship for a good cause of their own choosing.  Charity groups who have already signed up include Oxfordshire based Bookfeast who run book clubs for primary schools & elderly people promoting literacy.

The Elite Removers Status

Recently the National Guild of Removers invited many of the industries finest removal companies to award them at their annual Guild Of Removers Elite Remover Awards 2018. This event is organised in order to recognise the removal companies across the UK that offer their customers the best service and customer care.

We decided to join the National Guild of Removers years ago, knowing that in order to prove that we are the best at what we do then we would have to be amongst the best in the industry. Continue reading “The Elite Removers Status”

Planning a move? Here are some top tips on how to make it hassle-free

Moving house has been found out to be more stressful than most other things that people deem to be filled with stress such as divorce or broken relationships. This is a fact that has been supported by research. Therefore, it’s an important practice to lower the level of stress during this time as much as possible by following certain tips. In this way, we’ll sure reduce the level of stress that we go through during such times to safe levels. The following are the top tips that you can use to make moving house a hassle-free affair:

1. Start Way Before The Material Day

For a number of reasons, most people would want to leave all the moving tasks for the material day. Such reasons may include the fact that you may still need to use many your items, you don’t want your house to be cluttered with boxes or you don’t want to interfere with the pets and children etc. However, you don’t necessarily have to start boxing the huge items that you may still need to use. You can start with smaller items that you may not need to necessarily use weeks before the moving day. Start with these ones ahead of time to lessen the job on the day. Continue reading “Planning a move? Here are some top tips on how to make it hassle-free”

North Yorkshire: The Most Beautiful, Interesting County in the UK

When first thinking about North Yorkshire, I tend to think about long walks in a grassy field, flat caps and a Yorkshire terrier at my side, and you wouldn’t be wrong to associate North Yorkshire with these things. However, this isn’t the only thing that North Yorkshire can offer you. The largest county in the UK has grown in culture and British landmarks over the years, from the Yorkshire Dales to Richmond Castle. Continue reading “North Yorkshire: The Most Beautiful, Interesting County in the UK”