Relocating: where do you start?

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I think I have mentioned before that Barry and I have always had the intention of moving from Scotland back to the north west of England at some point in the future. I am originally from Blackpool and my parents still live there. I’ve lived in Scotland for twelve years now but before that I was working in France for six years on and off, and away at university so I haven’t really lived in Blackpool properly in nearly twenty years, although I still refer to it as home. When I met Barry five years ago he was living in Manchester near his parents but they have since moved to Cumbria. Barry moved up to Scotland to live with me about eight months after we first met and we always said we would probably move back to England eventually. Since we’ve had the kids the urge to move back ‘home’ has got stronger, particularly for me. Having no family support locally is really tough at times and although our parents visit fairly regularly it’s nothing like having them around the corner. Toby does now know his grandparents and he recognises them between visits but he was probably about eighteen months before he really started remembering them. And of course Gabe has no idea who his grandparents are! I grew up with my grandma living round the corner and I saw her all the time…I’d like that for my boys, and of course having babysitters a bit closer to hand won’t hurt either! There’s also the fact that although all our parents are by no means old, and they are all in relatively good health at the moment (apart from my dad who currently has his leg in plaster after busting his Achilles’ tendon because he forgets he’s not 25 any more) they won’t be young and sprightly for ever so living nearby will definitely make things easier in 10, or 20 or even 30 years when they are needing our support.

The other factor to consider is that we always said if we were going to move we should do it before Toby starts school. There are lots of differences between the Scottish and English school systems, not least the cut off date for starting school which I think could mean if we stayed here Toby wouldn’t start school until he was five, whereas in England he’ll start when he’s only just turned four. As he could be starting school nursery next year when he’s three, it seems like the time we have to move is quickly running out.

So, we decided that instead of just thinking about it we should actually start doing something about moving…but where do we even begin?

We know roughly the area we would like to move to. I don’t want to go back to Blackpool but I’d like to be within an hour’s drive of my parents at the most. I’ve spent many hours online browsing houses and I’ve found a few we like the look of. But we can’t move without a mortgage and we won’t be able to get a mortgage without at least one of us having a job to go to. Of course we’ll need to sell our house up here too before we can buy a new one, but the process of selling houses is quite different in Scotland than in England so that’s another thing to consider.

I think we probably need to get the job thing sorted first because without a job to go to we can’t do any of the other things. I’m still on maternity leave at the moment but previously I was on a temporary contract so I don’t actually have a job to go back to when my maternity leave ends. Luckily being a teacher means I can get a job anywhere there is a school and there are lots of schools within commuting distance of the area we are looking to move to. I just have to hope something suitable comes up, but probably not until the start of the next school year. I know my teaching qualifications are transferable to England too (which isn’t the case if you are wanting to move from England to Scotland to teach) so that makes life a bit easier. Barry is a software engineer which also means there are lots of options when it comes to where he could work so hopefully the chances of at least one of us finding a job are fairly high.

So then we come to houses… what if we see a house we like and want to put in an offer? Can we do that if we haven’t sold our own house? Or what if someone offers on our house but we haven’t got anywhere to move to? Should we sell anyway? There’s always the possibility of renting temporarily but I don’t want to have to move twice if we don’t need to! And then even if we manage to co-ordinate all that don’t get me started on the logistics of actually packing up a house full of stuff and two kids and moving us all 200 miles down the road!

You know what? On second thoughts I think we might just stay here!

In all seriousness though, if any of you have moved to a different area before and have any top tips on how we even begin to go about relocating then please do let me know!

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7 thoughts on “Relocating: where do you start?

  1. I don’t envy you. I think realistically you need to have your house under offer before you can start making offers yourself. I wouldn’t even start looking seriously until you’re at that point really. Where’s an hour from Blackpool? Exciting times! x

  2. It’s not ideal, but I think if I were you I would be tempted to rent somewhere in the interim before you buy. We relocated years ago – we were in our 20s and had no kids so very different and it was only an hour’s drive too, but we rented somewhere for 6 months until we found the right place. Good luck whatever you do x

  3. It sounds like quite a complicated process, though you wouldn’t be moving a huge distance! We’ve played around with an idea of moving to another country, or at lest getting out of London. Our move would be easier in a way, as we don’t have a house to sell. We might be buying one (that’s the point of getting out of expensive London).
    Having grandparents around would definitely be worth the effort of moving. Especially if getting jobs in the new area is quite easy for both of you.
    How about staying with your parents for a little while, until either of you gets a job and you can arrange a mortgage?

  4. Moving involves alot of planning, prep, and researching but you just got to make to do lists in priority of what needs done first and go with it. I did the same moving from usa to the uk. You local the working areas near your parents and work backwards from there and I wish you the best of luck. Just my opinion but when you live 45 minutes and under from family you see them more than just over an hour not that it makes a lot with a few minutes but it always seems the way. family is so important. I would love to move nearer to family. Good luck. Thank you for linking up to Share With Me and I hope to see you again tomorrow for another great round. #sharewithme

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