Making Moves--Mothers Meeting Information

Thanks so much to Hamptons and Mothers Meeting for inviting us to join the panel for discussion about moving out of London.

So much interesting information, and so much positivity for the move.

We know loads of people want to do it but it can feel pretty scary and daunting and a bit of a minefield.

We shared some information to try to make inroads into that and to help you get from this feeling of wondering to actually doing it.

You can contact us here on bee@lifeafterlondon.com at any point.

What can life After London do to help you?

I'm so glad you asked - you'll be relieved to know we do have a few fantastic options for you.

  • Sign up and you'll receive our series of top tips and advice.  We'll send you prompts and ideas to help with the whole process.
  • Use our forums, populated by movers and people ALL OVER THE COUNTRY.  They are amazing people, mums, dads, small and big business owners, stay-at-homers, 'go-out-to-workers' and everything in between.  If you post a question you'll get a response.
  • Book a consultation with our team.  Those consultations take place face to face or on skype and allow you to talk over your move, the why, the how, the when.  The consultations give you a chance to talk about your concerns and clarify in your mind the next steps and how best to get the move happening, or to proactively decide to stay in London.  If you go on to purchase a bespoke report the price of your consultation is discounted from the report.
  • Commission a fully bespoke report from Life After London.  We have three tiers for our reports.  Peace of Mind Report - when you know the area where you want to move  Finalising the Details Report - when you have a tight short list of places to move  Personal Research Report  - when you don’t know the area where you want to move

Some of the critical things we discussed

 

Take a step back to consider your move 

  • Be clear on the pros and cons (as a couple, as an individual and for you as a family)
  • Sort out what it is you really want from the move
  • Remember your uniqueness - your family have your own set of needs to satisfy
  • Be real and realistic - there is no perfect lifestyle, just different lifestyles.  Don't use the move to solve other issues in your life.
  • Try to imagine what the new normal life looks like (without the rose tinted glasses)

What should you focus on...

  • Start with your Primary Needs
    • those are the most important factors for you - these might be schools, or commute, or access to family, community or rural isolation.  Keep those needs at forefront of your thoughts.
  • Decide between Rural/Town/Village
    • all have very different vibes.
    • Remember that most villages depend on local involvement.
    • Small towns can have limited facilities and cities may create the same issues you have in London
  • Be Clear on your finances
    • It isn't just the cost of buying and selling (conveyancers, stamp duty and moving costs) but you have to factor in additional costs of running a bigger house and garden, commuting costs, fuel costs.
    • Get your budget straight from the start.
    • You don't need to spend every penny on buying the new house and make sure you're in touch with a mortgage advisor from the start
  • Commuting is tough.
    • Most people want to avoid more than 90 minutes door to door with no more than 15 minutes either side of the station.
    • Focus your search on lines that go into and out of London close to your place of work. Ideally find a house where you can walk to the station so you don't have to worry about parking.
    • Consider the slower trains for more chance of a seat, and smaller stations for less traffic for the mornings getting to the station.
  • Education.
    • If you've got children make it a priority.
    • Key times to move schools are the start of school (aged 4), when some schools out of London change from infant to junior (aged 7), when it's the start of secondary (aged 11) and 16.
    • You can't apply until you have an address and don't assume catchments are easy out of London.
    • Keep your eye on the secondary schools even when you're only at nursery stage.
    • Always have a plan B.

Next Steps

Map - buy one and get merry with a highlighter pen and post it notes.

Visit - nothing beats a real life visit.  Visit the small independent shops, cafes and pubs to get a vibe for the place

Plan - consider your commute (don't make the house fit your requirements - hold firm to what you need.

Look at schools and visit them (don't rely on ofsted - form your own opinion)