Get #Nottingham Trending

On Tuesday 29th May 2012 the second “Get #Nottingham Trending” day will be taking place with many tweeters poised to make a concerted effort to get #Nottingham to trend.

Get #Nottingham Trending 29th May 2012

Get #Nottingham Trending

The first event on 20th April may not have actually got #Nottingham trending on Twitter, but over 10,000 tweets with the #Nottingham hash tag were sent.

You might be wondering why this is important – who cares if Nottingham trends? Well, all too often Nottingham is dragged through the press for the wrong reasons and is tarnished by isolated events committed by a small minority.

So why not get Nottingham noticed for the right reasons?

Get tweeting on 29th May for the things that those of us who live and work in Nottingham love about our fine city, or the achievements, events, places and people that contribute to the place we call Nottingham. Remember to include the hashtag #Nottingham though!

Some Caution

Twitter does have algorithms and checks in place to prevent abuse of the currently trending topics. Specifically they warn against

  • Repeatedly posting duplicate or near-duplicate content (links or tweets)
  • Abusing trending topics or hashtags (topic words with a # sign)
  • Sending automated tweets or replies
  • Using bots or applications to post similar messages based on keywords
  • Posting similar messages over multiple accounts

See this Twitter help page for more details.

Get connected

If you would like to get involved and follow the progress of the campaign until #Nottingham day on Twitter then

Who knows on 29th May we may see the following –

Making Nottingham Trend - the lazy way!

Making Nottingham Trend - the lazy way!

Get #Nottingham Trending day is the idea of Tony Bates (@babblingbates), supported by Council Leader Jon Collins, local MP Lilian Greenwood & many more.

Moving to Nottingham

Moving to Nottingham and want to know where to live. You might have an idea of where you’d like to live and there is no shortage of good places to live with areas such as West Bridgford, Wollaton, Beeston and Arnold all being popular with families.

Nottingham Council House

West Bridgford with its leafy streets, good schooling and amenities make this one of the most popular and sought after areas of Nottingham. But be aware that this comes at a price. House prices in the West Bridgford area are on average 27% higher than house prices in the City of Nottingham and 76% more expensive than the average for the East Midlands.

If you don’t want to follow the crowd, Beeston, to the west of Nottingham, also provides a good selection of family houses.

For executive buyers, looking for a spacious family home, then The Park, Edwalton, Adams Hill, Beeston Fields Drive or Mapperley Park should all be on your “must see” list.

Within Nottingham City Centre there are many flats and apartments. City Centre living is maybe  suited more to the young professional, both living and working in the City of Nottingham. This is sure to hold some attraction for those wanting to be at the centre of the action, nightlife and for easy access to bars, restaurants, cafés and entertainment.

Nottingham is a great place to live, despite the doom and gloom of many a sensationalised survey highlighting negative aspects of the city or its surrounding area.

When moving yourself is a bad idea

If you are selling your property and moving out on the day of exchange and completion then timing is everything.

You don’t want the professional removals company who your purchaser picked, waiting for you to move your furniture out of the property you have just sold. Your purchasers won’t thank you for it since it adds another layer of tension to an already fraught day.

Do-It-Yourself Removals

The formula is simple: You hire a van, post a message on facebook to your 279 ‘friends’ that you are moving and need help; 6 agree to turn up and help with the promise of free beer and pizza; you pick-up the van in the morning – although you got stuck at the van hire company because you couldn’t find the other half of your driving licence, they eventually send you on your way.

On arriving back at your house, flat or apartment – only 3 friends have turned up. You need to be clear of the property by 2pm, so the pressure is on to get moving. It starts raining. You spend half-an-hour attempting to dismantle your bed. Facebook Removal Friend #1 has to go as his amateur model of a girlfriend has called with a better offer (yes, we all have a friend like that!); Facebook Removal Friend #2 has a dodgy knee so can only carry small, light items.

You get the idea. It doesn’t take much for a DIY move to fall apart and throw the whole move out.

Assuming you hired a van, you don’t want to be making multiple trips because you miscalculated the size of the van or your ‘crew’ lacks the skills (and it is a skill!) to pack a van, to maximise the available space whilst ensuring nothing is damaged in transit.

If timing is not an issue and you can afford to make 10 trips with a half-packed van or if you can get a seasoned DIY mover on board with the confidence to direct your ‘crew’, then you may be able to pull off the perfect DIY move.

When moving yourself is a good idea

Sometimes circumstances dictate that there is no other option, whether this is due to financial pressures or an immediate need to vacate your property with no time to organise a professional mover.

If  a DIY removal is your only choice – through bad planning or sudden changes in circumstances and it becomes too late to book a professional removal company you will be  left hitting the phones trying to organise a self-drive van and a group of friends.

Is moving house stressful?

a house for sale

House For Sale

Moving house is often quoted as being a highly stressful event second maybe to divorce or bereavement. Does it need to be like this though?

Selling and buying a property with exchange of contracts and completion due on the same day is likely the biggest cause of stress.

In recent times there has been a move to exchanging  contracts prior to the completion of the sale.

Once contracts are exchanged, all parties are legally bound to complete the sale or purchase. If sellers or buyers now wish to walk away from transactions they have committed to, they can be held legally accountable.

By arranging the transaction in this way the day of your move can be arranged and reasonably relied upon.

On the day of completion the process of transferring funds can commence. This is typically the original deposit and funds being drawn down from lenders and sent to the next solicitor along the chain. Depending on the length of the chain and where you are in it this should be the most stressful part of your day.

Once the sale of the property you are moving from is completed, you will need to vacate it; likewise you would legally have right of possession over the property you are moving to.

All financial transfers are performed electronically most likely using CHAPS. Before such things had been implemented the movement of the money from buyer to seller was probably a more relaxed affair with some tangible evidence that something had or had not been done.

If you are using a professional removals company your move will need to be booked in well in advance of the actual move date.

If you are in a chain then there needs to be plenty of communication between you, your removal company, your solicitors and the others in the chain and once the completion date is known, confirm this in writing to your removal company.