Why move to Birmingham?

Birmingham is a city which offers its residents a wide range of things. From its strong economy to its multitude of industries to find employment, it bears a great amount of opportunity.

The key industries which can be found within Birmingham include financial, manufacturing, business, production, public and health, insurance, distribution, and logistics services. These industries allow existing and new residents to be presented with a myriad of job openings, which can be extremely reassuring for those searching.

Furthermore, Birmingham is a city of many backgrounds and cultures. This means that diversity is rife, and encourages people to relocate to feel a sense of multiculturalism.

In addition, there is no shortage of activities and amenities here. From the Tolkien trail to free live music, and art galleries and museums, there is something for everyone. This can help people make the decision to move here, especially if they have children. There is always something going on in the city.

As well as this, Birmingham is one of the biggest cities in Europe, boasting the UK’s second-strongest economy. Again, this can be reassuring to new and potential new residents. They can rest easy knowing that Birmingham also has large accessibility.

The road and rail networks in and out of Birmingham make for easy travel, which is ideal for those who may have to commute. This also attracts people, as they understand that they will be able to freely travel throughout the city. Green spaces are important in a city of this size. They can be found throughout Birmingham, providing somewhat of a green lung for the industrial location. This can be refreshing to see, and also enjoyable for some of the residents here, to make a change from all the buildings.

Deciding whether to rent or buy when moving to Birmingham?

As with moving anywhere, you must consider many factors. You will have to think about your budget, your family, your pets, and more.

Your budget alone can determine whether you will be renting or buying a property. Renting is great for flexibility and for those moving out for the first time. In comparison, buying is great for those who want their own home, especially if they have a family. Buying also means you can decorate and change your home how you wish. Again, the size of your family can also determine the property you can move into. If you have a small family, then a 2- or 3-bedroom house could be perfect. On the other hand, if you have a larger family, you may be better off with more bedrooms and more space. Furthermore, you could be the complete other end of the spectrum. For example, you may be moving into a flat on your own or moving into a house with your partner for the first time. Additionally, you may be retiring and moving from your big family home into a smaller property.

Sorting utilities when moving home

You will have to ensure that you have also sorted out your utilities when moving home. This includes post, energy suppliers, voting, etc. It is a good idea to make a list of all the things that need doing so you can work through them easily.  

You can go to the Post Office and redirect all of your mail for a fee. This will allow for your post to be sent to your new home for a period of 12 months, by which time your post should be sent to your new home permanently.

With energy suppliers, you need to contact them to let them know that you’re moving home. This way, you can see whether your new home will be supplied by your previous supplier or if you will need to set up a new account.

You must contact your local authority to sort out a few issues. This includes voting, council tax, and more. You will need to inform your local authority that you are relocating and will need to change your address. You will need to be registered at your new address to vote so that you will only be registered at one address. Furthermore, you will need to give your new address so that your council tax bill can be sent to your new location. This will consist of the last payment on your previous property and allow you to see the tariffs in your new area. This may increase or decrease, depending on the location.

Moving with pets

If you have pets, this must be thought of. Will your new home, if rented, accept pets? Will you have to get permission? In some cases, you may have to arrange for the transportation of pets.

This can include exotic pets, which will need special arrangements. More common pets, such as cats, dogs, rabbits, etc., can travel with you. Other pets, such as lizards, snakes, etc., may require certain environments for travel. 

In these circumstances, it would be sensible to speak with a professional, such as a vet or animal expert on how best to move these pets for relocation.