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What’s Happening in Dorset’s Housing Market

Posted on 09/07/2020 by Nick Johnson
What’s Happening in Dorset’s Housing Market

We’re now several days into the latest phase of the Covid-19 response, and it will take time for people to adjust, and everyone’s hoping for a balance of a return to normality that’s also safe. Many business sectors were struggling to cope with the lack of commerce during the lockdown. The latest easement will come as welcome news as restarting is crucial to keeping their doors open. Others are faring well already, which has taken many experts and professionals by surprise.

The housing market has taken giant leaps towards some form of stability, although the terrain will undoubtedly be different going forward. Johnson’s of Shaftesbury always takes an interest in the comings and goings of the housing market because it affects us. This is our brief guide to the latest information and movements in Dorset’s housing market, and how it applies to relocations.

Removals and Housing Market Trends in Dorset –

Whenever the Johnson’s of Shaftesbury team books a customer for a relocation, we always advise they prepare thoroughly. That’s because it helps move everything towards a successful outcome. It’s also why we check in with all the latest developments in the local and national housing market. This helps us prepare for busy periods where people or businesses start booking relocations at a higher than usual rate.

We can use this information to anticipate how to allocate our crew members and vehicles in advance, in addition to sharing our information with the Master Removers Group. This network of elite removals and storage companies pool knowledge to give us a holistic outlook for our industry. And one of the things that many estate agents are discussing is the recent migration of Londoners to the countryside.

People are leaving London in high numbers; some did this before the lockdown to spend it in their family home. It wasn’t readily clear how long the lockdown would continue for, and a lot of bookings took place later to move the remaining items to their new location. This doesn’t look like it’s a temporary trend – lots of people are looking into making their move permanent.

City life doesn’t have the same appeal now, with many customers telling us it’s the lack of outdoor space for inner-city properties. They’re looking for houses with back garden which is now a higher priority, and they would consider moving to have a feature like this. And to support this, there has been a significant increase in online searches and property viewing data for moves to places like Dorset.

An Increase in Self Storage Needs –

Another service that all member companies of the Master Removers Group note are the increase in storage customers. This stems from two things – people leaving places like London temporarily, and others who now work from home. And the latter is often due to space issues because people are living and working from the same property. This increases if they’re more than one person working from home as well.

Johnson’s self storage packages are the ideal way to solve this problem by freeing up more space in your house or apartment. Our team can also assist you by converting a room to make a home office or study. Additionally, we will give you some top tips on preparing items before they go into your self storage unit.

We have a range of storage options available, for domestic and business customers in Dorset. This includes container and self storage units, with various sizes to choose from. Every storage unit has environmental controls to ensure everything remains in the same condition while in storage. These measures remove any issues with moisture or overheating.

You won’t find a better range of storage options or customer service anywhere else in Dorset. And we often work with people and companies from neighbouring areas, due to our positive reputation. Regardless of what your storage needs are, we have the right package to match your requirements. We’re flexible and will do everything possible to accommodate your needs.

How this Affects Homeowners and Tenants –

The Covid-19 pandemic’s impact on society and the economy has left no stone unturned, affecting virtually every business industry. An economic downturn is inevitable when global disasters occur, which usually leads to a recession. However, by lifting several restrictions in May, a significant market crash didn’t happen, and we’re in a better position to move forward with confidence.

London and other larger cities face a decrease in property prices, but this isn’t necessarily going to occur in other parts of the UK. Rightmove’s latest figures show that an overall increase of 1% applies to Dorset, with detached houses as the preferred type of home. This would back up other trends in the capital, where people are leaving for larger properties with outdoor spaces.

While there’s little data to show any dips and troughs in Dorset’s rental market, the expectation is prices will likely be more stable. Any real shift in this market will probably be a result of issues with people not paying their rent due to job losses, which might affect landlords with buy-to-let mortgages. Short-term rental platforms like Airbnb are trying to shift their focus to longer-term rentals as the lockdown effectively ended the short-term rental market.

From what we’re reading at the moment, Dorset will come out of the lockdown without too much damage. As we’re a tourism county, we will feel this impact particularly hard. The saving grace could be a potential rise in people holidaying in the UK, rather than flying abroad. With a bit of luck, we’ll start working towards a brighter future soon as everyone gets back to normal.

Why People are Trading in London for Dorset –

Dorset has some of the best seaside resorts, vibrant market towns and cosy villages in the UK.  Our county tends to be known more for its famous coastal towns and tourism. However, the housing market is also popular in the northern part of the county. And it’s easy to see why people choose Dorset when they want to find somewhere to improve their sense of wellbeing. Plus, fantastic weather likely plays a vital role.

You won’t find anywhere else in Britain with more sunlight per day than Dorset. And this means there are lots of outdoors and beach activities on offer. Dorset offers a better balance of work and family life, which is why many people choose to live here and commute to larger towns and cities for work.

Moreover, you’ll find that the housing prices is favourable in comparison to larger cities like London. For the cost of a luxury apartment there, you can easily find a four-bed detached property in Dorset for a similar or cheaper rate. A lot of people keep their house or flat in London and purchase a second property to use as a holiday home in Dorset.

Safer Removals When Moving to a New Home –

The next phase in the lockdown process will no doubt entail more movement and fewer restrictions. While this will be welcome news to many, there is a potential for new cases of Covid-19 to arise. That’s why we have a Covid-19 Health Policy to ensure all our relocations and storage jobs are safe. Additionally, we will provide updates on any major developments to how we operate when introducing them.

Johnson’s of Shaftesbury’s Covid Policy is our commitment to our customers and staff. It aims to promote the highest standards of cleanliness and sanitisation, with a view of preventing any new infections of Covid-19. While we understand how vital a relocation is, it must always be done safely and within the guidelines set by Public Health England, and the World Health Organisation.

Every member of our removal’s team will regularly wash or sanitise their hands, which includes before arrival and throughout the job. Johnson’s of Shaftesbury provides our team’s with PPE equipment and hand sanitiser. They will also wipe down any surfaces or frequently touched objects with disinfectant wipes. We would also suggest booking a professional cleaning service which we can provide a referral for.

We’re also taking inquiries and bookings from online video platforms. Video quoting, via WhatsApp, Facetime or Zoom, is how we offer quotes. We can conduct in-person meetings where necessary, but we’re trying to limit them. These measures will help reduce any risks of infection without causing any issues with the services we offer. We will always be available to discuss your relocation by phone, email, or on one of the video platforms.

Using Online Reviews Before Booking –

If you were booking a relocation ten years ago, you’d probably ask around your family, friends and colleagues for recommendations. Thankfully, nowadays you can use the internet to do research on companies before booking them. This has given more power to consumers, and every company that is live on Google is now subject to customer reviews. This makes most businesses strive to improve its customer service to increase their online reputation.

Rating platforms like Google Live and Trustpilot provide online users with information from previous customers. It’s possible to see their rating and comments to weigh up if a company is genuine and reliable. It’s also possible to work out whether you’ll receive a high standard of service from these previous customer write-ups. You can see why our customers rate us as a five-star company here.

After you have a few companies that seem reliable, the next step is to make the first contact. You can do this by phone or email, the aim here is to see how each company handles your initial query. A reputable company like Johnson’s will leave you feeling at ease, even from your first communication. We’re confident that our friendly staff will provide the necessary information to help you make the decision to book with us.

Johnson’s of Shaftesbury – Dorset’s Removals Leaders –

Becoming Dorset’s number one company wasn’t easy – we work hard to attain it. Furthermore, every job is important to us, no matter how big or small. We bring the same level of expertise and professional attitude to everything we do. Customer service is our number one priority, and our customers are the lifeblood of our company.

At Johnson’s, we often receive referrals from satisfied customers who recommend us to friends and family. There is no better feeling than speaking to a new customer and hearing them say they made contact because of a positive referral. It makes our job even more satisfying, and we know that we’re on the right track.

For your next relocation, choose Dorset’s favourite removals and storage company. Contact us today, and we’ll discuss our removals and storage services.