The Right Strategy is Key for Your South East London Removal
When you hear the word ‘strategy’, you may think of a business plan or even a game plan for a football match. But you may not automatically associate the word with moving. But having a strategy as you begin your removal process is actually crucial to the success of your move. Having a strategy in place when you get started – not trying to come up with one mid-move – will significantly reduce your anxiety about the move as well as the final price. We all know that last-minute purchases, called impulse purchases, are bad for the wallet. But the same holds true for removal services and packing supplies, even renting a storage unit. By giving yourself enough time to research prices and plan out your move, you will find better deals than if you frantically buy or hire the first available when you are under time pressure.
So consider creating a strategy for your removal before you do anything else. Our moving advisers can help you do it, over the phone or in person. Scheduling a home assessment with Handy Moves is one great way to begin strategizing. And don’t worry, if this is your first move, we will walk you through it. Call us on 02087 467 129 to get in control of your removal, instead of letting it control you, your time and your money!
The London Plan has five sub regions, which were re-designated in 2008. From 2004 to 2008 the sub regions were called North, South, East, West and Central. Today, however, they have been changed to more accurately reflect the geographical boundaries and are now called South West London, North East London, North London, West London and South East London. The last is quite large, though less populated than some of the other sub regions. Some of the sub regions have more boroughs within their boundaries, but South East London comprises only five London boroughs – Southwark, Lewisham, Bromley, BExley and Greenwich. Within those five boroughs live about 1.3 million people. Interestingly, however, there are only 500,000 jobs in the sub region, meaning that many people commute out of these suburbs to work, probably closer to the city centre.
There are also a number of metropolitan centres and major centres, according to the London Plan that are located within South East London. The metropolitan centre is located at Bromley – there’s just one – and the major centres can be found at Peckham, Woolwich, Catford, Eltham, Bexleyheath and Orpington. There are 28 postcode areas, ranging from SE1 to SE28. The whole South East London sub region lies to the south of the River Thames, which cuts east-west through Greater London. Woolwich is the borough that lies farthest east, while Camberwell and Brixton are on its western border with South West London.
On a map of South East London that is colour-coded by housing price, one will find that this part of the capital city is not one of the priciest parts to live in. There is plenty of affordable housing in this sub region. In fact, only Waterloo reaches what would be considered near expensive, with the rest of the areas falling into moderate prices and even budget home prices. If you are looking for a house share or a flat that you can afford, this may be the place for you, since there are so many different neighbourhoods that have affordable housing. You’ll have plenty of places to choose from. Likely, you have already chosen your new neighbourhood and maybe even your new home. If that’s the case, and you know what date you would like to move, then it is time to call 02087 467 129 to book your moving vehicle and crew. If you don’t think you need a whole lorry and a large crew, we can send over a South East London Man and Van service to save you even more money.
That is not to say that all of South East London is very cheap. Greenwich, Blackheath, Rotherhithe, Deptford and Peckham as well as Lewisham are considered mid-range. Greenwich is one part of London that has always been a pretty fashionable place to live, despite its distance from the city centre. Crystal Palace, Dulwich, Woolwich, Sydenham and Motthingham are your best bets for affordable living.
But don’t worry about moving so far away from the action – it’s not really that far, after all. Plus, there are many attractions in and around South East London that can make for great entertainment options, meaning you won’t have to wander far to have a good time. Spend a day at the National Maritime Museum with the kids and learn all about Britain’s maritime history. Then take them onto the Cutty Sark in Lewisham to see the real thing up close. The Royal Artillery Museum is also located in Greenwich, for those who are interested in war history and more. The Old Royal Naval College and Eltham Palace add to the beauty of the place with their architecture and grounds. But that’s not all – there are 25 museums, over 50 historic buildings, more than 40 art galleries and plenty of green spaces for you to visit in South East London. Add in the nine green spaces and parks and you are sure to find something to entertain the whole family.
There are many reasons for moving to South East London – affordable housing is one, of course, but there is also more space and fewer people, so for those seeking a bit more quiet while still being within the bustling capital city, this is a great spot. Remember to plan ahead for your removal so there are no last-minute surprises or costs to derail your strategy or your budget. South East London removals are our specialty, so you won’t have to worry about the details once you hire Handy Moves. If you’re still not sure, give us a call on 02087 467 129 to ask any questions you may have about your move