Where should we move to?

Time and again on our forums and facebook group we see people asking others where they should move.  It's quite something I think, and a testament to our members that people genuinely feel confident to ask near strangers where might suit them.  It's so inspiring seeing the ideas that come back but the truth is no one else can tell you exactly where you should go.  As a starting point, however, we know that asking others is a great process.  However, you can't rely on that without doing a lot of work yourself.  For starters you need to ask yourselves some pretty fundamental questions before you hurtle down the road of property portals and start dreaming of a world outside London.  Here are a few to get you going....  Where do you work? Do you need to commute to London?  How many days a week?  There is a big difference between doing that trip 5 days a week or 3 days a week working from home.  If you're 5 days a week, work out how long you can really manage - most people say 1 hour 30 minutes is really as much as they want door to door.  Aim to live within 15 minutes of the station if you can, and aim to travel into the mainline station nearest your work so you have an easy transfer without too many tube/bus changes.  Lots of people choose to walk from the London station to get in a bit of exercise in their day. Where do your family live? Don't discount your extended family.  You may not wish to move where they...
Sunday Times – Londoners flee

Sunday Times – Londoners flee

Research from Hamptons and LonRes showed growing numbers leaving London as the London market slows.  Life After London discussed reasons for leaving, apart from the financial...
Sunday Times – Get out of town!

Sunday Times – Get out of town!

As record numbers are seen to be leaving London Life After London assists with providing lots of information about the most important questions you need to ask before moving.   Sunday Times Homes Section January 14, 2018...
Ignore the Ofsted Outstanding Schools

Ignore the Ofsted Outstanding Schools

Why you should ignore an Ofsted Outstanding Rated School....   Ok - it's a bit of a cheek and a headline grabber...apologies from the start.   Don’t get me wrong I do believe we need a guide of some sort and Ofsted is just that.  What I don't want you to do is discount perfectly brilliant schools that haven't had the gold stamp of Oustanding.  More importantly than anything I'd like you to be sure you are aware of all the information before you pay over the odds for a house in the catchment for an outstanding school without considering if that school is right for your child.... There are a few things to know so have a read, pop in your memory bank and consider them before assuming all is rosy with an outstanding school.   Questions to ask before you buy a house in the catchment for an Outstanding School When was the Ofsted inspection carried out (it might be 3 years or more since it had a full inspection).  Have a look at previous reports and focus on the targets set - and then see how the school is working towards those targets. Has there been a headship change or many staff changes since the last report?  It’s worth checking out the staff turnover.  If more than a third of the teachers are leaving annually you might want to ask why.  Is the school perhaps too focused on the results making it a place teachers don’t want to stay? How are they achieving their results and does that fit with your own values and image of education?  Some...