Dining table and chairs

Moving out of London – what are the options?
March, 2019

Moving out of London – what are the options?

Whether you want to move out of the city because it’s starting to feel crowded, or you’re looking for a bigger house at a better price, you may not know where to start when it comes to moving away from the capital.

We wanted to lend a helping hand to anyone wanting to move out of London, so read on and find out about all the options available to you.

What choice will you make?

When considering moving out of London, the first choice you will have to make is what you want to achieve from the move.

Do you want to move to somewhere outside of London but still in the commuter belt so that you can still travel to your current job?

Or, are you aiming to work from home in your new place and escape the commute entirely?

Is a fresh start what you’re looking for? Is your goal to start a new job in your new area, complete with your new home?

Option 1: Commuting from outside of London

This can be a popular option for those moving out of London who still want to retain their city jobs. London is very well connected to the rest of the UK and the road and rail links can make it easy to commute from a number of locations.

Remember “the golden hour” when thinking of locations. Take a map and draw a circle around London that includes all the locations that take an hour or less to get to from your place of work – these will be the places that you could easily commute from.

Before you choose your location just from this exercise, there are a few key things to consider:

  • What is the cost of commuting from your chosen location?
  • Are the connections (rail or road) convenient for your place of work?
  • Are you able to get to other locations in London, should your place of work move, or if you need to travel to meetings?
  • If you’re going to be using the train, is there somewhere for you to park?
  • What is congestion like on the roads you would be using?

If commuting distance is important to you, search by commute time with us at Shinerocks! All our properties can be filtered by how long they take to get to your place of work. Why not take a look at our available properties and filter to find out what areas would work for you.

Option 2: Working from home

If you’d like to cut down your commute and work from the luxury of your own home, outside the bustle of the city, then this could be the most tempting option for you. You’ll be able to set your own hours and create your own workspace – sounds perfect, right?

This option can work for a lot of people, but you have to make sure you’re self-disciplined enough to resist the urge to procrastinate when you should be working.

You’ll also need to ensure that you have a reliable internet signal and speed, and mobile phone signal, in the property you’re looking to relocate to; you can’t work efficiently when your connection keeps dropping out. Additionally, you may have to consider buying a bigger property – which is most likely to increase costs – so that you have an office space where you can work in peace.

Option 3: Starting a new job in a new area

If you’re looking to start a new job in the area you move to, there are going to be a lot of criteria that your new property and town/city needs to tick. You’ll need to decide whether you want to live in a rural town or move to a new city – the job prospects in both areas will differ. You’ll also need to consider where you could commute to from your new location, if you aren’t able to find a job locally.

Beyond that, questions about public transport, health services, local amenities, the local community and school ratings should be considered carefully and considerately. It’s all well and good to move out of London to escape the hassle of city life and raise a family, but if you find yourself struggling on a lower income where nothing is in walking distance, you may find yourself regretting your move.

Where should you move to?

Of course, where you choose to locate to is completely your own decision – you will have personal factors that influence where you want to go and what you’re looking for. However, we wanted to share some of the most popular places to live outside of London while still commuting to a city job.

The following locations are all within commutable distance by public transport:

  • Purley
  • The Webb Estate
  • Kenley
  • Sanderstead
  • Croydon
  • Coulsdon

Not found the location you’re looking for? Our search allows you to enter your place of work and specify for how long you’re willing to travel, and we will show you all properties within a suitable distance. To use this, simply visit our home page and click Travel Time Search.

If you’re looking for a property on the commuter belt in the Surrey area, encompassing Croydon and Purley, and close to Dorking or Redhill, we’re the perfect estate agents for you. With three decades of experience, we’re well-positioned to make sure that your future property fits all your requirements. We’ll make your move out of London perfect.

Lavender

Purley, Croydon & Surrey

Learn more about the areas we cover by reading these helpful location guides.

VIEW OUR AREAS

kingswood property

Recent Testimonials

Dear Paul and the ShineRocks team, Thank you! We are delighted that we successfully completed on the sale of The Garth, 12 Welcomes Road on Friday, and we wanted to take this opportunity to thank you, Claire and the team for all your excellent work on our behalf. We really appreciated your proactivity, frankness, responsiveness and good...

Mr & Mrs F

Very professional, responsive and delivered on promises to the tee

Mr G

Worked hard to find possible buyers. Very professional and friendly staff. Drove the completion by liaising with all parties when things threatened to go pear-shaped. Very satisfied customer

Mrs H-W

Having tried a couple estate agents to sell our house, with no result, we tried ShineRocks. Paul Shinerock was realistic in his valuation, which others had not been and we had a number of viewings. A Christmas present was accepting a very good offer. Unfortunately, the buyer dragged his heels and then at the point of exchange decided to...

Mr P

A great service offered by both Paul and Claire. Sometimes the best thing an agent can do is to convince you to accept an offer and to encourage you to pay more to get the house of your dreams. Had Paul not convinced me to accept the offer on mine I would not have moved. Claire moved heaven and earth to enable me to purchase a property through...

Mr & Mrs W

Very helpful, pleasure to work with, and they offer a great service

Mr L

My house purchase was very complicated, ShineRocks handled it very professionally

Mr H

Claire was our estate agent and she was incredibly professional, always available and kept us completely up to date. A pleasure to buy and sell with

Mrs P

Exceptionally professional and helpful and very knowledgeable. Would highly recommend ShineRocks

Mr P

Excellent service over a period of several months. Always at hand to offer advice and their expertise. Highly Recommend Shinerocks and thank you for all your help

Mr A

I was very pleased with the service - professional yet caring

Mrs L

Very professional and excellent service in a complicated situation which resulted in a positive result. We have purchased 2 homes from Paul in the last 14 years. Claire is remarkable and kept us fully up to speed

Mr P

Very friendly. After a slow start we got on very well and achieved our objective. Particular thanks to Claire

Dr L

Hi Caire, Can you say a massive 'thank you' to Paul for coming to see me. He really gave me some things to think about that had just not crossed my mind. Swapping the bathroom and middle bedroom and adding a bathroom to the main bed room made so much sense, I've got Alan coming over on Saturday to cost it up! I'll definitely...

D

We have recently purchased a property through shinerocks and can honestly say the service we received from Claire was exceptional. She kept us updated regularly and liaised tirelessly between solicitors, vendors and the other agents in what became a difficult and frustrating chain. She was both professional and personable, and we always felt...

M & C

Claire, You're an absolute star! Thank you so much.

Mr and Mrs W

I would just like to take this opportunity to thank you for your assistance and facilitation of the purchase of our property, and I would relish the opportunity to work with you again in future endeavours.

CT

Just want to say a big thank you for all your help and support.  I know you were not our estate agent but we really felt supported and coached through the whole process and I can't thank you enough. 

M, J &A

Paul, Claire and all the team at ShineRocks have always acted with the utmost professionalism and in my experience have been the best estate agency I have ever encountered.  

Mr D

Dear Claire, Thank you so much for making our dream home come true.  Invitation to the house warming is guaranteed! Much Love

R & N

Hi the ShineRocks Team Would like to say thank you for a great service in completing on our house.  We are totally blessed, we feel so lucky.  Your team with friendly voices were very proactive in updating us.  Paul you have a good team around and to say the least, you have some charm. You are a very nice bunch of people to...

L M

We would like to also comment upon the superb level of professionalism shown by the staff at ShineRocks. Having been to other block bookings we must say that this one was handled to so well. Additionally the advice given regarding parking was most helpful. We will certainly keep an eye out for other properties marketed by you. Kindest...

Mr and Mrs H

Dear Paul How very happy I am to be the lucky chap that has been given the privilege to buy and live in the elegant property. Thank you again for the excellent service provided by ShineRocks. Yours sincerely 

Mr R

Thanks for all your attention - I am impressed with your service and will recommend you to friends. Kind regards 

Mrs A

Dear Paul This is amazing! Thank you and your team very much. Whatever happens now, I know that you all did a fantastic job in achieving this - its unbelievable. Many thanks Kindest regards 

Mrs D

Terrific news. Thank you Paul. With all thanks for your support and help during this process. All best wishes 

Mr H

Thank you so much for all your help with our house move. We appreciate the hard work you put in to finally get us to an exchange date. Your calm approach and sense of humour throughout really helped. Thanks again, 

Mr and Mrs G

Thank you so much for all your work on selling our home. It is much appreciated. Best wishes 

Mr and Mrs R

Thanks again for everything that you have done to get our new home. God bless you. 

Mr and Mrs P

Dear Claire and the 'team' at ShineRocks for all of your help and patience with our purchase.  Best wishes

K and L

Dear Mr Shinerock, thank you so very much for valued advice last Saturday; your remarks and suggestions have certainly got us thinking of the best way to turn! Best wishes

V and K

Dear Paul We are at last beginning to see some order in our new home and have time to catch breath. The move was challenging to say the least as we were downsizing dramatically and had too much to fit in prior to having an extension to create two more rooms and allow us to convert an existing one into a utility room. We would like to take...

G and S S

Good morning Claire, I have been meaning to e mail you since Monday just to say thank you! Mum and I are extremely grateful for all the time you have given us and we really do value your advice and guidance.  We have been in contact with a lot of agents, in fact probably all of the main estate agents around the area and ShineRocks...

S and M

Dear Paul, Well, we got there in the end! Although it was long, complicated and at times, a very stressful journey, we appreciate the help of you and all your team in finally getting us over the finishing line. Best regards

B

Thank you for everything you've done. I couldn't have got through this without you. Putting up with every difficult situation in such a kind way. Thank you so much. 

Mrs P

Paul, Claire and all the team at ShineRocks have always acted with the utmost professionalism and in my experience have been the best estate agency I have ever encountered.

Mr H