Last year 73,000 Londoners upped sticks to buy a home outside of the capital, spending a collective total of £26.2 billion. With lockdown and people spending much more time at home many are starting to think about moving out of London to the countryside and getting some more green space.
If you are one of those who are thinking of leaving London below are some things you might want to consider before you make the move.
With over 90 branches across London and South of the UK we have a fantastic network of agents who can help you if you are considering moving out of the city. Contact us today to speak to one of our Agents and find out more.
Getting to work
If you have to get into London for work, finding out how much your season ticket will cost should be at the top of your ‘to do’ list.
You might be surprised how much house you can get for your money outside of London. Speak to one of our agents and look on Rightmove or Zoopla to find out more about house prices in the local area.
When working out your commuting time make sure you factor in the time it takes to get to your local station, and where the closest parking is (there also might be a cost to parking that you might want to consider).
If you have a young family deciding on the best schools can be a huge challenge. For independent schools reviews, for state or private schools The Good Schools Guide is a useful source.
Most people will consider their commute to work time and journey before a home move, however, it is also good to look into the weekend rail service, whether there is a local bus service and what the road links to the airports, the coast and beyond are like.
The Nearest Town
It is important to consider what is important to you and your family when deciding on a new location, think about what you use day-to-day and would want close by; you might need an ATM, post office, doctors surgery, dentist, a coffee shop or a cosy pub.
There might be some local food shops in the village, but how close is the nearest supermarket?
One reason for moving out of London is to enjoy the green open spaces, so take your time to explore what would be on the doorstep.
Most towns have a sports centre with a swimming pool, but what other leisure activities are you looking for and are there available in the local area?
Friends and Family
What will the journeys be like for your nearest and dearest to visit your new home, and for you to make visits to their homes?