Moving house is – apparently – almost as stressful as a death in the family or going through a divorce. Moving to London would definitely be quite a daunting task, especially if you’re not used to living in such a large conurbation. You may have consulted International property consultants about available properties, and checked the planned routes and schedules for buses and the tube to see how you could get to and from work.
And yet even with all this, it seems that you’re still unsure of moving into the city. Perhaps there is something crucial lacking, something that would justify the expensive rent.
Whatever it is that you feel is missing there are a lot of ways to deal with it. London is a very diverse place in which to live, there’s always going to be something for someone. And, like any place in which one chooses to live, there will always be the odd disadvantage – perfection isn’t something which is attainabale.
If you decide to live in London here are a few tips that might help you get that dream house you always wanted:
1. When choosing a home in London, strictly follow your criteria and budget. Rents in London can be really expensive so don’t just immediately be content with the first house that fits the criteria you’re looking for. There’s probably a cheaper alternative.
2. Be conscious of the needs of others if you plan to move to London with a family for example. Living in a place with a nearby school can help your child and yourself too. Living in a place with plenty of 24/7 convenience stores and shops is also a good decision. It is also worth walking around the local area to get a feel of daily life.
3. If you eventually end up choosing a place that’s not quite what you had in mind, don’t worry. Remember that if a better place becomes available, you can always just move again. It is one of the main advantages of renting.
4. Walking is just one way to get around London. You’ll be doing this a lot so be prepared. As for public transport, there’s the tube. Buses are good for sightseeing and of course getting around but are slower than the tube. Ultimately, you could benefit more by using Uber instead but you will have to accept the higher cost of fares.
5. If you don’t have one yet, get a credit card. London is a modern city and cards are accepted almost everywhere. They can also double as a travel card. Check out what is available from Transport for London.
Living in London can be a life changing experience for the better. Samuel Johnson, a distinguished writer and man of letters is quoted as saying:
…‘when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford’…
You know, having experienced living in our ancient capital, he probably had it spot on.