Time to move out of London?
Follow our Seven Top Tips to Finding your Perfect Home out of London.
With the summer now upon us we are getting more enquiries from families keen to make the move out of London to enjoy more living space, a bigger garden, a less frantic pace of life and access to open countryside. Now is a great time to start your research and to view homes at their summer best.
1) Research house prices on sites such as Rightmove and Primelocation to see what you can afford. If you need to sell your home then get it valued by a few local agents. You can also see what level properties have been selling for using the Land Registry website:
2) If you need to commute then now is the time to study timetables. Check the train journey times at the hours you will be travelling. Make sure there are enough fast trains at the times you need and that the service is frequent. Season ticket prices can be hefty as can station parking so make sure this is accounted for in the move budget. Contact us for our free train time map.
3) Take some time out to drive around the towns and villages that you like to get a real feel for the area. Stop at a coffee shop or walk up and down the High Street rather than just driving through. Go to the Chiltern Relocation website and download the Free Area Guides covering everything you need to know about different locations to help you narrow down your choices.
4) Look at properties in the flesh. Viewing houses online via numerous property websites is no match for going and seeing them for yourself. There is always a compromise to be had and it is only by viewing properties that you will see where your priorities lie. It also shows agents that you are a committed buyer.
5) Take to social media. Netmums and mumsnet are great sources of information and people are happy to offer advice. Life after London website also offers chat forums for different locations. Most towns and villages also have their own websites or Facebook page so take a look to see what is going on and whether there is an active community in the areas which interest you.
6) If you will be needing school places then do your homework. Do you like the schools in the chosen area, is it difficult to get a school place and is the catchment zone very strict? Also look at the Ofsted reports to get a feel for the schools, bear in mind local intel can be a better guide than league tables alone.
7) Take time to talk to estate agents. They provide a wealth of knowledge regarding current popular choices in terms of schools and areas and also what is likely to be coming on to the market. If the agents get to know you and that you are committed to moving then you are more likely to receive a call about new homes to the market.
By following the above steps you will be armed with research ready to make an informed decision. If however you would like Chiltern Relocation to do all the hard work for you then do get in contact via email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01494 672086