When you look at London property prices, it’s no surprise that more than 100,000 people are leaving UK cities for the countryside each year. A move to the country can effectively double your space for the same property price, making it the ideal move for young families with small children. If you do decide to make this move here is what you need to know:
Change your expectations: This is not just a change of location, it’s a lifestyle change too. Don’t expect all-night convenience stores or a coffee shop on every corner. You might need to drive a fair few miles to buy groceries or find a decent restaurant; however, consider what you will be gaining in return - plenty of space to go for long evening walks and a lot more fresh air, not to mention more living space.
Change your working arrangement: Many people do the commute from Kent, Essex and Surrey to London, but with the advent of high speed internet there is really no need to. If you don’t enjoy spending an hour doing the crossword every morning, speak to your employer about more flexible working arrangements, for example, working Fridays from home or working a few hours in the evening and missing the morning/evening rush.
Change your identity (just a little): Living in London isn’t just a way of life, it’s an identity. If you are used to mincing around in high heels, then get ready to invest in a pair of wellies as well. It might be the ideal time to start that vegetable or herb garden instead of just toying with the idea or get a dog. That it itself is a big adjustment, because you will be spending your time gardening or walking your dog, where before you would be trawling the high street for new shoes.
Change the way you communicate: You won’t be able to meet your London friends at the pub anymore, and your neighbours may be older people or country folk with a different set of values from what you are used to. To ease the transition into country life ensure you download a programme like Skype to stay in touch with your city friends while you find a few local companions. Adjust your expectations when making friends in a new area (for example you may need to start drinking more tea than beer), but never adjust your standards. It might be helpful to choose a location that is close to some of your school friends or extended family members to ensure the move doesn’t make you feel out of touch with ‘the real world’.
A move to the country isn’t for everyone - some folk love London’s buzz and plethora of activities - but if you think the move is for you, you may be able to find the property of your dreams and finally have space for your nan’s big old dining room table.