Kate and her family were moving from Australia to the UK as her husband’s company wanted him to be based in the London office. With two young girls to consider they decided their best option would to be to buy a house so they could move into their new home immediately upon their arrival in the UK. They had good budget but were undecided about where they wanted to be and were mulling over whether they wanted to go for City living or the rural idyll! This is where we came in. After numerous chats with Kate we decided the best way forward would be to carry out private school searches in both areas, that is, In London it would be around Highgate, Islington and Marylebone and in Kent it was to be Tunbridge Wells and surrounding villages.
We contacted the schools there to check availability of places in both areas. Over a four-day period we spent two days in London and two days in Kent. We made a short-list of the selected schools that had availability and then arranged a school tour schedule for Kate so that we were on hand to help her ask appropriate questions. In tandem to the school tours we also arranged to view some properties for sale in those areas closest to the selected schools so Kate could gauge what she could achieve within her budget in London and Kent.
After much consideration they decided to opt for country living as we’d found the house of their dreams which much to Kate’s delight was within walking distance to their preferred school Kate was not keen driving so it really couldn’t have worked out better.
The asking price was slightly higher than they’d wanted to go so we negotiated hard and managed to shave off 10% off the asking price. Kate and her husband were extremely happy that we’d found them the house of their dreams a great school for the girls and an easy commute to London.
We also provided the family with a welcome and settling in service pack, with information of the local surgeries. supermarkets, arts, cultural and sporting activities.