Moving to the Country Roadshow

On 17th April I will be at Olympia talking to people who want advice on moving out of London and I'd love you to join me. I will be there with more than 30 out of London local estate agents showcasing their properties and talking to you about different areas of the UK.  All the agents are part of a consortium called The London Office and this is their opportunity to talk directly to you, the London buyers. You might not find your perfect home at this event but it does provide a couple of very useful services. 1.  You get the chance to look at lots of different areas without leaving the building!  If you aren't yet sure about the specific location this is a great opportunity to look at a wide range of places; 2.  Meeting Estate Agents from each area gives you a chance to grill them on their patch.  Give them a chance to tell you about their area and see for yourself what your money can buy - it can really open your eyes to different areas; 3. Stacks Property Search and Acquisition Agents are in situ at the event. This is a great opportunity to meet personnel from Stacks and pick their brains.  They will be delighted to talk to you about the buying agent role and what they can do for you.  We spend a lot of time recommending buying agents to our members as they do offer a great service to those looking to move; 4.  There will be London agents on hand to offer advice on selling your property in London, able to talk about the...

Moving out of London and Your Working Life

  How to keep earning money and move out of London If you’ve won the lottery and you’re on the move you need not read on any further! If you’re a more ordinary human, you’re most likely considering the move but wondering how best to manage that crazy little thing called work.  You’ve got options and we’ve given you some food for thought right here.   The Commuter - keep the job and make the move Things to know Commuting from out of London is different and you'll need to be willing to adapt and change your routine to accommodate the change - it's not just a longer version of what you've already done and you'll need to get your head in the game. For most people, an hour and a half total journey would be the optimum. Being able to walk to the station makes a huge difference to your sense of wellbeing. Once arriving in London ideally you’ll only have one tube or bus - the more changes the more hassled the journey becomes. Having a drive of less than 15 minutes to the station means that part of the journey feels insignificant. Driving to a station further away or getting the slower train can mean you can park/get a seat. Considerations and questions to ask yourself Do you know the cost of a season ticket (if you’re working from home some days you might not need one but then you’ll need to do the sums - it soon adds up)? What are the parking charges (they can add as much as £1,500 per annum to your...

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...

Living in Northamptonshire–Quotes from the Locals

  "The transport links, great little villages, most stately homes in the country, and the beautiful stone houses ( I might be biased!)"--Instagram user @katy_at_the_manor   "Great country parks and has the most stately homes that have events on throughout the year, ideal for families. Northamptonshire has great transport links with easy access to M1 and M40 making it ideal to travel to London, Birmingham and Cambridge with ease. Housing prices are low compared to down south and get a lot more for your money!"--Instagram user @northamptonfamilies     "It has the name 'The Cotswolds without the crowds' and that's so true! Beautiful stone villages, miles of footpaths, country parks, so many big houses, Althorp, Rockingham, Boughton and so many more. It has some of the most historic churches in Britain, perhaps the best, and the countryside is just incredibly beautiful. We have a new shopping centre at Rushden Lakes which has been built to fit in with the rural environment. There's just something for everyone! I know I'm biased because I was born in the county but it's simply a wonderful place to live."--Instagram user @sunchild57   "We moved here 7 months ago and I’ve fallen in love with the area and the people. I’ve worked as a travel guide for the past decade and this place is a hidden gem. An unexpected surprise that I am in constant awe. I agree with @sunchild57 - gorgeous villages, beautiful historic churches, stunning countryside.. and there is always something going on. It feels very genuine. A space respected by the people."--Instagram user @suddenjourneys   "Love the countryside and villages of...

Real Story–10 Things I’ve Learned About Moving to the Country

Instagram is a bit of a time sap for me, so many beautiful pictures just begging to be liked!  The negatives are far outweighed, however, by the positives, and that is the people I've met.  Many people looking to move out of London but also people who've made the leap and are willing to share their stories with you.  We know there is so much to be gained by listening to the experience of others - and not just friends.  We love asking friends but they have a habit of giving us the answers we want (instinctively we're all guilty of 'choosing' the friends we ask - those who will tell us what we want to hear!).  So instead you can read from 'a stranger' who has no invested interest in your move.   I am thrilled to share Catherine Hackett's story and I'd strongly recommend you pop by her Instagram account if you're on there, or visit her blog and enjoy her journey. Four months ago we left our Victorian terraced house in South West London for a draughty farmhouse on a rural three acre smallholding in Hampshire. Having spent years trying to grow as much food as we could on a tiny patio and becoming frustrated at the lack of space for our son to play in, we wanted to go somewhere with beautiful views, where we could grow or raise a significant amount of our own food and where we could swap gym membership (well, we would have swapped it if we had it…) for digging our own vegetable beds. It’s been wonderful, but a paradigm shift, so...

A Real Life Story of Leaving London for Tunbridge Wells

A Bit of Backstory: I moved to London from the northwest in 2000, I knew 2 people in the entire city (what was I thinking? I was 23 years old & had subscribed to the ‘streets are paved with gold’ theory). I rented a 2 bedrom flat on Grange Rd SE1 for 12 months whilst I worked for a PR company on Bermondsey Street. I had the opportunity to purchase said flat for £250,000 but as this amount could’ve acquired an entire street in Warrington, my calculation was that this simply wasn’t value for money (let’s file that under ‘stuff I should’ve done’). At that time, believe it or not the area was a bit of a ghost town at the weekends & after meeting my ‘tribe’ a few of us took the plunge & found a house to rent in Clapham Junction. Cut to 9 years later, I’ve met, fallen in love with and married my husband (a fellow northerner who unbeknownst to us both, grew up 10 miles down the road in Cheshire). We’ve bought a do-er upper in Kyrle Rd SW11, decided to get a puppy and have our first child on the way. It seemed like overnight, right under my nose the landscape had changed. The years spent hanging out in cool bars, then stumbling into less hip (ok, grotty) clubs [Crazy Larry’s, Clapham Grand, Infernos, yes, I’m looking at you] were now a distant memory as I, quite frankly, battled through the first year of motherhood like a stunned hamster on a ceaseless, tedious, nappy-strewn wheel of exhaustion & emotion. Not that it wasn’t a wonderful, amazing time, but I guess looking back, my old childfree life...