33.9 miles – The average distance people go to escape living in Guildford

“How far do Guildford people go to move to a new house?” This was an intriguing question asked by one of my clients the other week. Readers of my property blog will know I love a challenge, especially when it comes to talking about the Guildford Property Market!

For the majority, the response is not very far. It is much more common for homeowners and tenants in Great Britain to move across town than to the next town or county. Until now, it’s been hard to say how many homeowners and tenants moved from (and to) relatively far away to buy or rent their new home. However, I carried out some research and requested some statistics from the Royal Mail. What came back was fascinating!

Using statistics for the 12 months up to the middle of Autumn 2016, 653 households moved out of Guildford (GU1), moving an average distance of 33.89 miles – roughly the equivalent of moving from Guildford to Brighton (as the crow flies).  The greatest distance travelled was 482 miles – that’s 18.5 marathons (when someone moved to Dornoch in Scotland).

Considering there were 400 property sales in GU1 in the year and countless tenant moves, the numbers seems consistent – once you find a town you like, you tend to want to settle down and if you do move, you might only move to a different neighbour-hood, or for better transport links or, to be closer to the school you want to get your children into, but the likelihood is you won’t travel far.

I then turned my attention to people moving into Guildford. Using the same statistics for the 12 months up to the middle of Autumn 2016, 488 households moved into Guildford (GU1), moving an average distance of 31.62 – the equivalent of moving from Worthing to Guildford (again as the crow flies). The greatest distance travelled was 415 miles – that’s more than 15.5 marathons (when someone moved from Aberdeen to Guildford).

I have looked at the data of every person moving into Guildford and these have been plotted on a map of the UK. Looking at the map below, it shows exactly where most people come from, when moving into Guildford. As you can see, there are a high proportion of people moving from London and from the South West.

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So, what does all this mean for the landlords and homeowners of Guildford?

When an agent markets a property for rent or let, it is vital to know the tenant or property buyer well, that the properties they are letting/selling fit those tenants/buyers, so they almost sell themselves. These days that means not only knowing how many bedrooms, reception rooms etc., a property offers but the budget buyers and tenants want to spend on a property in that area as well as where they come from.

The estate and lettings industry loves the mantra “location, location, location”. I say it might be helpful to factor in where (and how) far people are moving from, so the property can be sold or let more easily. Many say knowledge is power and whilst I do enjoy writing my blog on the Guildford property market, I also use the information to help my clients buy, let and sell well. So for example, the information gained for this article, will enable my team and I to be more efficient in where to direct our marketing resources to ensure we maximise our clients’ properties sale-ability or rent-ability.

For more information on the Guildford property market, visit the Guildford Property Market Blog@ guildfordpropertyjournal.co.uk

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