Coast v Countryside

If you're wondering if you should be house hunting on the coast or deep in the countryside you might be interested in a new television show which is coming soon! The aim of the programme is to help genuine buyers decide whether to purchase on the coast or in the countryside of the UK. I'm looking forward to the programme as I love to a chance to enjoying our stunning coastline and countryside but if this is your dilemma you might be interested to know they are currently looking for people to appear on the show.  They are filming as soon as possible so do get calling if it appeals and of course let us all know so we can watch out for your appearance. Contact Rochelle directly to discuss your move on 01923 728173 or email rochelle.newman@coastvcountry.co.uk...

Call of the Country

    Have you heard the call of the countryside yet? Are you one of the many people feeling an urge to move out of London? Are you spending hours house hunting in far flung areas of the country? Life after London was recently quoted in a lovely article about the move to the country.  Belinda Aspinall, founder of this website, talks about the huge number of people who speak about 'when they will move' rather than 'if' they will move.  Belinda also acknowledged the far wider reach of the appeal of moving out of London. For many it isn't a long held lifestyle choice but a financial decision based on a desire to own a property and the ever increasing price of property in London.  The great thing about the website lifeafterlondon.com is that it can help anyone moving - including those who aren't sure about moving at all. Buying Agents for moving to the country The article includes quotes from Henry Pryor and Sharon Hewitt, both buying agents who are regularly recommended by Life After London.  To read more about the role of a buying agent in your move out of London click here.  We regularly recommend using a buying agent as their local knowledge can be really helpful when you're moving to a new area. Useful Web Links for movers The article also reminds readers of a few extra useful websites (including this one of course).  They are Locrating which is particularly useful when searching for schools and CommuteFrom which allows you to quickly find stations and their commute time.  Both websites have firm links with Life After London.  ...

Book Your Free Session–Intercontinental Hotel Park Lane

One-to-One surgery session to talk about YOUR move out of London.   For times and to book scroll down YOUR PERSONAL free session will last 30 minutes. This is a one-on-one session for you to get personal advice and help with your move. Subjects you can discuss might include: How to decide where to live What considerations are critical Should you buy, sell or choose a school first What pitfalls to avoid How to make your money go further Life After London has invited Stacks Property to host this event.  Stacks are a buying agent with offices all over the UK helping people find their perfect home.  However, they will not be selling anything at this surgery sessions which is set up just to give you a chance to talk over YOUR move.     25 May 2016 Intercontinental Hotel One Hamilton Place Park Lane London, W1J 7QY Seminar for Advice 25 May 9.30 am Booked Seminar for Advice 25 May 10.15 am Booked Seminar for Advice 25 May 11.00 am Booked Seminar for Advice 25 May 11.45 pm Booked Seminar for Advice 25 May 12.30 pm Booked Seminar for Advice 25 May 1.15 pm Booked Seminar for Advice 25 May 2.00 pm Booked Seminar for Advice 25 May 2.45 pm Booked Seminar for Advice 25 May 3.30 pm Book Here Seminar for Advice 25 May 4.15 pm Booked Seminar for Advice 25 May 5.00 pm Book Here Seminar for Advice 25 May 5.45 pm Book Here Seminar for Advice 25 May 6.30 pm Book Here Seminar for Advice 25 May 7.15 pm Book Here Can't make this date?  Email us at admin@lifeafterlondon.com Previous Attendee Feedback  "I found the seminar useful.  It confirmed to us what we plan to do is the right thing." Each session will be run by one of the buying...

School Applications When You’re Moving

Understanding the system Schools admission can feel confusing when you’re living in a different area.  Our first advice has to be before you begin you really must do your reading, don’t just listen to others.  Get advice and read up before starting.  Filling in an application form wrong could be a big headache further down the line.  A good place to start for advice in general about school applications is Ace Education.  They have a free helpline as well as a number of downloadable guides (for a small fee)   Information about admissions to schools is freely available on the Local Authority Website of where you are moving. Speak to the Local Authority and understand the schools situation in your chosen area.  Not all areas are over-subscribed and if you are flexible on areas it might be worth choosing an area where the schools aren’t so oversubscribed If you apply after the offers have been made it is called an ‘In Year Application” - it applies to those both moving areas and those choosing to move schools.  It applies to any applications outside of Reception and Year 7 (except with three tier local authorities where children move age 7 as well. If you apply after the deadline has passed but before allocations are made it is generally called a Late Application.   In some areas there is a secondary deadline called an ‘overlap deadline’ for those moving into the area.  This deadline will be a few weeks after the public deadline but before allocations are made. Make sure you understand the deadline dates for your chosen Local Authority and...

Moving to the Country?

  On 28th April 2016 when you turn up at Chelsea Old Town Hall you'll find hundreds of estate agents with properties displayed all vying for your attention.  The houses will tempt you with their lovely big gardens, beautiful views and easy access to beautiful countryside.  You'll find yourself dream about buying a huge manor house miles away from your original search criteria (or is that just me?!).  I always find myself drawn to the chaps in Rutland Water...their houses are stunning and you can be back in London from Oakham in just an hour and a half or from Stamford it's just 1 hour and 12 minutes....what's not to love about that! Sorry, I digress! I should actually tell you more about the event itself.  There are 36 Estate Agents who are showcasing their properties to you.  They are all part of a sort of consortium called the London Office and this is their opportunity to talk directly to London buyers.  Whilst I'm not actually suggesting you will necessarily find your perfect home at this event it does provide a couple of very useful services. 1.  You get the opportunity to look at lots of different areas and what your budget can buy in those places.  If you aren't yet set on the specific location this is a great opportunity to look at different places without any pressure; 2.  Meeting Estate Agents from each area gives you a chance to grill them on their patch.  They are trying to 'sell' you their area and it's really useful to hear their thoughts.  Of course you will need to do further research but give them a...

Moving With Children and Starting Something New

Enjoy this guest post from Emma Hi. I’m Emma. A wife, mother of two little boys aged two and four and after moving house last July, I am now also the founder of the UK’s first on demand window cleaning service, Squeaky Clean. Moving is something I have done numerous times since leaving my parents house in Ostersund, a small town in the north of Sweden, at the age of nineteen. To and from England twice, to Paris and to Dubai but nothing has proved as emotional as leaving the house where your children have enjoyed their first years of life. My husband and I first met ten years ago in Stockholm, Sweden. I had quite recently moved back from four years in Surrey but after just over a year in Sweden we decided to move to Dubai because we wanted a new challenge, and some warmer weather.   Dubai to Hampshire We spent three great years in Dubai but decided that moving back to England was the right thing to do when we felt ready to start a family. We moved back to England in 2010 and bought a newly built 4 bedroom house in Bramley, Hampshire. We didn’t know anyone there but my husband knew of the area as he was brought up fairly nearby. At this time we didn’t think too much about schools etc as I wasn’t even pregnant yet, but that was one of the main reasons that we decided to move to Liss in Hampshire last year. Getting Help Moving is never easy but it doesn’t have to be that hard either. We...