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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.


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