Moving out of London

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    We are getting fed up of London and want to move out to another part of the UK but be in a city or close by. We have no children and like the alfresso living near good and wide choice of restaurants, cafes and green spaces. So not sure where. Also, I am concerned which order to do things, find a job and then relocate or find an area we like, move and then look for work around it – getting conflicting advise from friends.

    We own a flat in West London and so have to think if we put this on market we need to know where we moving to and don’t want to rent first.




    Sevenoaks and Tonbridge in Kent are popular with people moving out of London. The commute to London is around 30 mins by train, but both towns are close to M25 jct 5 so it is an accessible place to be. There are lots of good restaurants & pubs, parks, stately homes, moated castles, glorious countryside, independent cafes and shops, active local communities, theatres, cinemas etc etc.

    I run a property finding service in Sevenoaks and Tonbridge and happy to have a no obligation chat with you, and of course, we’d be happy to help you find somewhere to buy in this fantastic area, should you decide its right for you. The market is competitive here, and we are able to access off-market properties and sometimes private sales giving clients a greater choice and a competitive advantage! Lots more info on the area on our website Our contact details are on there, so absolutely no obligation at all, we love the area and happy to chat to you and answer any questions you may have. Good luck!




    GUILDFORD is a very popular choice for people wishing to move out of London.It’s quite civilised, great shops, restaurants,pubs,theatre a cathedral and really easy to get back to London, and access the motorways and the airports (Gatwick and Heathrow each about 35 minutes drive)

    As for the order try this as blue print.

    Step 1. establish your Motivation, Needs and Timescale for a move. If these really check out, next, find out accurately how much you will have to spend on your next purchase. This information could well determine where you will search and ultimately move to.

    To do this, have several valuations of your existing property (assuming you are intending to sell it to buy) The real value will likely lie in the middle somewhere so chop of the lowest and highest. Then seek proper independent mortgage advice to find out just what you can borrow. I say independent as that will give you a comprehensive sweep of the multitude of deals out there.Going back only to your existing lender gives you only their offering.

    Then armed with the math,look around various areas to see what that will buy you. Does it allow you to buy what you need/want? If the answer is yes, visit those areas and see where gives you the best “feel factor”.

    Next, if the timescale is determined and it’s say within 6 months, place your existing property on the market and see if you can find a buyer (ideally before going out and finding something you fall in love with, as this is the wrong way round as you will be under pressure from the off)

    In choosing your selling agent, don’t be tempted to go with the agent who quotes the highest price or the lowest fee necessarily. Choose someone who impresses you with their communication,knowledge and personality. test them on their negotiating skill. Ultimately it’s this that will end up putting the most money into your bank account at the end of the transaction.The company should be visible in your price sector demonstrating good selling success.

    To be in as much control as possible of the process,especially if at any stage things need to be expedited, at the same time as you put your property on the market,instruct your solicitor to prepare the conveyancing paperwork.If you are a leasehold property this is absolutely vital, as the information required by a buyer’s solicitor regarding management and maintenance can take weeks/months to come from the management company or their agents, acommon log jam in getting an exchange of contracts on leasehold properties. And again for leasehold properties,check out too how long your lease is.Less than 70 years or so, may well cause a lender for a buyer an issue and so you may need to extend it before selling

    With a buyer secured, you are now ready to go hunting but also negotiating. Your strong buying position may not get you thousands off an asking price,(it could if the property you wish to buy is owned by someone in a hurry!) but it might put you at the head of the queue if there are several people interested in the property you might like to buy.

    When you agree a purchase,instruct your solicitor apply for your mortgage and I would strongly recommend that you have a building survey of some description done, to be sure you are making a sound investment structurally. You don’t want any nasty,expensive surprises after you move in. Many people make the mistake that a mortgage valuation is a survey. It’s not.

    Those basics will give you the best chance of having a smooth, cost effective transaction.

    If you want any more help feel free to contact me And if you are coming to surrey I have 19 estate agency offices to help you.

    Good luck




    Hi, have you thought of Manchester? Not sure what you do for a job but expect there are not many cities that would match it outside London. Try Didsbury, West Didsbury or Chorlton Village. You will get a nice house for your money and loads of restaurants, bars and green spaces – Manchester city centre is 15 minutes on a tram! I currently live in West Didsbury so I am biased but I think there are not many better city locations in the country that would provide the same lifestyle. Burton Road has 30 plus restaurants and bars on it and they are busy every night of the week. If you a free to go wherever you want I reckon its definitely worth a look!


    Belinda Aspinall

    Have you considering Birmingham? I keep reading about it recently and seems to offer a lot.
    I thought this was quite a good blog on the subject

    and a couple of other articles



    Thank you all for your detailed useful replies. What is Cheltenham like and Cirencester. Amenities.shops etc. We live in Chiswick and want similar type of vibe with leafy streets period properties in large town. We have no kids so school not important.



    Hello! We moved out of London last year and it was the best decision we have ever made so if you’re thinking about it I would say go for it! 🙂 We actually wanted to keep our london jobs, initially at least, in case we moved out and then regretted doing so and wanted to go back to London (although as I said this has definitely not been the case!) so we chose the south coast – still commutable to london. But if you want to be somewhere new altogether have you thought about Brighton anyway? There’s loads going on, but it’s also by the sea and you have the South Downs on your doorstep for countryside. Also it’s near enough to london that all your london friends come and visit you too – but we’ve also found it easy to make friends locally (we live outside of Brighton – further west in shoreham by sea). I actually just wrote about this very topic – here’s the link in case it’s of any use to you! Good luck with the search!



    thanks for all your advise and inspirations.
    We have a flat to sell and so not sure if we should sell up and move and then hope to find jobs in nearby areas. The problem is if we secure job first then it might not be commutable from where we are now so just wondering if we should do the move first. We have no children



    The increase in the amount of people moving out of London to Manchester is increasing year on year, the fact they can actually afford a place to live without working round the clock is a big factor

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