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The school catchment conundrum: moving to a new family home on a tight timeline

By Sophia Wood-Burgess

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If you’re planning to move to a new home, but you want to get your children in for the September start to the school year, you’ve got to get a move on. To help you get your dream London family home faster, we're outlining 3 opportunities below.

Know your options: There are real benefits to buying a home right now, so maybe you’ve decided to make your move. For school-age children, starting the new school year in their new school can help ease the transition. However, selling and buying – especially with property chains – doesn't always go to plan.

This leaves a a very small window in the summer holidays to make your move, so it's a tricky timeline to achieve. Here are a few routes that might help get it done.

Tight timeline? 3 routes to consider

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1. Get a valuation...now

Want the traditional route? We can make that happen, Foxtons average time to exchange is 25% faster than the industry average.

However, property sales have a lot of moving parts – hiccups can happen with buyers, surveys and solicitors. So we recommend you book a free valuation as soon as possible and let us know your timeline so we can help create the best strategy.


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Photo: Family homes on the market in Harrow - Eastman Village

2. Start now, and move in within two weeks*

To purchase your next home on a quick and reliable timeline, consider new build.

Why new builds are perfect for families

Read more about the benefits of Modern living in new build homes

Free up your day-to-day: A completely new home needs no renovation and very little maintenance. It’s also more energy efficient to save you money on energy bills.

Prime location: Developers pick new-build sites with excellent transport links so you spend less time commuting.

Tailored amenities: the carefully considered range of amenities balance what residents have in the local area and what they need in the building. So for instance, your family could find a home in a development near outstanding schools, or in a development that builds an excellent local school on-site.

Why is it so much faster to buy a new home?

Read: How to buy a London home and move in fast

Buying a property that's under block management will simplify your timeline.

You’re not dealing with your seller’s emotional attachment to their family home, you’re dealing with professionals.

And with Foxtons New Homes department, we’ve got a smooth-as-clockwork system, which can help you move in within two weeks.

*Foxtons New Homes time to completion for a completed development, without mortgage financing, using a recommended solicitor.

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Photo: Property on the market with Foxtons Auctions.

3. Prefer period property? No problem.

Even with all the benefits of new build, we still love the traditional terrace home in London. The bay windows, the Victorian cornicing – there’s no need for us to argue in favour of traditional period property in London when it’s so beloved.

To get an ultra-quick sale or purchase, you’ll want to look into Foxtons Auctions…

Not your typical auctions

Whenever we talk about Foxtons Auctions, we have to say: these are not the same as the typical auction-house auctions. Foxtons Auctions are transparent and user-friendly, connecting the right buyer with the right home faster.

Read what makes our auctions unique here: Foxtons Auctions: your sale or purchase faster.

As the summer holiday looms closer, if you need a home you can move into quickly but you’ve dreams of raising children in a Victorian terrace with all those original features, keep an eye on our auction property. We don’t only sell projects for renovation, but plenty of move-in ready homes from sellers who, like you, want to get a move on.

In fact, we've got the perfect article for period auction property to get you started:

Georgian, Victorian period property London

Whatever you choose…

Even when you’ve got a tight deadline, you can trust it to Foxtons because we get it done. Book a valuation today and one of our local experts will help you find the best route for your unique situation.

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