Recently we had a family approach us keen to make the move but not 100% convinced about leaving the London lifestyle behind. The husband was a born and bred Londoner and was keen for reassurance that Buckinghamshire would offer everything he already enjoyed and more. So we asked the couple to make a list of their positives and negatives to try and help with their decision making process.
The positives were:
And the negatives were:
Once the couple had written down their pros and cons it was easier to see a clearer picture – there were more pros than cons but now we needed to address the concerns to make sure that life after London would be a success.
Commuting times are essential when it comes to making the move. We often have clients dreaming of a character home with grounds and the reality of the commute puts the brakes on the dream quite quickly.
At Chiltern Relocation we know that proximity to a good station is essential for many of those moving out of London and we have a fantastic record of finding homes close to the station yet down a private road or a leafy cul-de sac so that the feeling of being in the countryside is not compromised.
In terms of less choice regarding restaurants and cultural opportunities it all depends where you look! The market towns of Bucks and Berks offer a fantastic range of independent award-winning restaurants and the larger family friendly chains. The jewel in the crown of making the move has to be the huge range of excellent county pubs on the doorstep with the accompanying country walks.
Although we do not have the West End on our doorstop many of the larger theatres in High Wycombe and Aylesbury preview the productions before they head to the big smoke or indeed after a West End run (at a fraction of the price!). Smaller theatres in Windsor and Chesham also showcase excellent independent shows which are well worth seeing.
“Getting settled….will I like it!?” It is a big leap into the unknown but if you have done your research regarding best areas, commuting times, leisure facilities and schooling options then the rest will fall into place. We often find that our London families are initially taken aback as to how friendly and welcoming they find the local community but soon realise that – although a greater sense of community was not originally on their ’pros list’ – it is the surprise extra that has really made the move such a success.