When you’ve been in living in the heart of the action, moving to the ‘burbs is a big deal – but it also means you’ll get a lot more space for your money.
The first thing when moving further out is to remember: living in the suburbs is very different but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the fruits of the inner city from time to time (London does have one of the best transport systems in the world, after all).
While some people do say that relocating to the heart of the London suburbs is their idea of fresh hell, for many it is a smart and prosperous move.
But before you trade in the fast-paced city lights for the emerald realms of suburbia, there are a few things you should consider to make sure you choose the right spot for you and your needs.
Do your research
This advice probably sounds about as obvious as stating that the sky is blue, oranges are well, orange, and Simon Cowell wears his trousers up to his nips – but it’s essential.
Before you take any action, weigh up your options and research two or three potential new locations, looking at schools (if you have kids), local amenities and property types as well as their various costs. Score each area based on a set of predetermined categories and then tally them all up at the end to pick a winner.
Before you pack up and move your life just make sure you’re certain about where you’re moving to – of course, you won’t know exactly how you’ll feel until you get there, but by doing your research, you’ll at least stand a fighting chance of picking the right spot.
Think about your commute
If you’re working in or around the beating heart of the city, by moving to the suburbs, you’ll lengthen as well as hike up the cost of your commute.
According to a study by Psychology Today, longer commutes are systematically associated with decreased rates of well-being. That sounds a little dramatic but when choosing your new suburban location, think about not only the length of your new commute in terms of time, but also difficulty. Some places in outer London require you to change up to four times (you could consider getting a car, but do you really want to?) to get to the heart of town which could add an extra element of stress to your day.
Ultimately, as we’ve said, your decision will be based on a number of factors, but your commute is certainly something that should come up their on your priority list.
Embrace the ‘burbs
Whenever you move to a location your life will change to some extent – so embrace it.
Rather than pine over the fact that you’re no longer living in the midst of the big city action, see your new suburban location as a chance to set up a more spacious homestead, enjoy the birds and the trees, and strike the perfect balance between pub crawling in Soho on a Friday and hiking through the woods on a Sunday.
Get out in your new manor and explore its every nook and cranny; find out what makes it unique and discover the spots that you love the most.
With a little time and effort, you’ll settle into your new suburban existence like your favourite pair of jogging bottoms.
We wish you the very best with your move and of course, if you need a little top notch London self storage to help you with the process, we have three great locations at your service.