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Has lock-down self-reflection got you thinking of leaving London for a little bit?

Looking to trade communal park space for your own personal green garden? You're not alone, lots of Londoners are having the same idea.

The moment the government lifted the restrictions on the property market, we had a surge in client calls. Their request? Knowing the best way to rent out their London property in order to facilitate a move out of the city.

This request to move out of the capital is very personal but most people are seeking the green space that comes with a bigger property if the “working from home culture” continues for the foreseeable future. Having the luxury of lazing in the garden is being traded for communal park spaces for the time being.

A survey conducted by Savills found that almost four in 10 people considering a house move are now more inclined to pick a countryside location than they were before Covid-19 struck. People are considering the spaces they currently live in, what is most important to them and, as a result, where they might now prefer to live.

Online property portal, Rightmove, similarly noted a marked pick-up in searches by Londoners considering a move outside the city, at 51 percent of inquiries compared to 42 percent this time last year. Newbury in Berkshire, Winchester in Hampshire and Canford Cliffs in Dorset were all highlighted by Savills as having seen increased demand. After months of successful remote working, employers might consider allowing their employees a degree of flexibility in splitting their time between home and office.

Many of our clients aren’t thinking of leaving London forever, just for now. Heyworth Gordon can work with you on all aspects of an out of London move and triumphant return. We have overseen relocations and manage properties in London for landlords that have moved to and from North America, the Middle east, Australia / New Zealand, Scotland as well as the home counties. We have the property management expertise and organisational minds to take the stress out of your move and put plans into action down to the last detail.

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