Trading Places

This week we are starting something a bit different for you here at Bespoke Moving Solutions. After living in his family home in Surrey for over twenty years, our Managing Director Roger Aiken, has set his sights on a new life in the Yorkshire Dales.

With over 35 years of industry experience advising clients in the relocation industry, we thought it would be interesting to see how Roger plans his own move. From tackling the junk in the attic to developing an absolute obsession with Right Move. Over the next few weeks we will be sharing his story and offering first-hand advice to all our wonderful readers. So come along for the journey and let’s see how he get’s on…

So why Yorkshire and why now? This move’s been in the pipeline for a couple of years now. Luckily with Roger’s business being global and with some fabulous new web-based client management software in place, it allows him to work effectively from pretty much anywhere with an internet connection. Rogers’s wife was born and raised in Leeds and with plenty of family in the North the appeal of a quieter life surrounded by loved ones was too good to miss. Add to that the attraction of house prices, fabulous fly fishing and the world famous Bettys Tea Room and you have a winning combination!

One of the hardest parts of moving is knowing where to start. Narrowing down the potential areas to live in, from a practical point of view was critical and fast intercity rail access within a reasonable drive was an early priority to consider.  For Roger and his family, one of the first things they did was spend time in possible villages and areas that they could see themselves living in. This included many hours in the car and on foot, importantly in all kinds of weather. Previous holiday experiences had all been in sunshine believe it or not, so not a true reflection of daily life in the Dales.

Moving on, through extensive online research on Right Move they selected a handful of houses to view and spent time in local estate agents to gain a fuller understanding of what it was they were looking for. Viewings with family members that lived in and outside the area were particularly helpful. Pubs, artisan bakeries, delis and coffee houses soon became well-used barometers.

When it became clear that they definitely intended to progress with the move, the next stage was working out what to do with their current family home.  In the second instalment of this blog series we’ll be telling you all about this process and the importance of finding the right estate agent to represent you.

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