As the country starts to look beyond lockdown, more and more city dwellers are considering an escape to the country. In a series of articles Berwins’ property specialist Khal Shahjahan shares the tips he picked up from a career in property and by making the move himself.
Clearly the landscape has significantly changed since the pandemic took hold but as we can already see with lockdown being eased, most people are chomping at the bits to get out and about, see their friends and families physically and raise a glass or two down at the pub.
If you are generally a social person or alternatively, a lone wolf, this is something that many overlook.
Life outside the confines of the city will be much more different to what you may be used to – there are less places to go and fewer people to see in the countryside, yet somehow, anonymity is harder to manage. Everyone takes stock of a new player entering the fold when joining a rural environment so be prepared to be recognised and regularly chatted to.
Also be prepared for cyclists drifting from village to village, traffic jams caused by tractors and horses floating along, plus local fetes and church events being a regular thing. Personally, we love it – the steadier pace, friendly attitude and open surrounds lend themselves perfectly to maintaining one’s mental health and wellbeing. Myself a Muslim married to a Christian, living in a church with a Buddha in the garden - the juxtaposition is delightful and has been readily embraced by our "neighbours" which span the entire length and breadth of two villages at least! However, this may not be for everyone!
And as they say in show business, that’s all folks!...
Over the last week, I’ve shared just a few select considerations I wanted to share and of course, not an exhaustive list. Clearly there is a lot to take in so if you do need support, guidance or advice after reading this article, I would be delighted to hear from you. No question or comment is pointless and where help is needed, in true Berwinner fashion, I shall do the best I can to assist you or find someone that can.
With my family, our start was greatly aided by myself being a property lawyer so I approached our move from city to countryside with a keen eye; not everyone has that foundation underneath them to make all the right decisions or ask the right questions so why not let my 19 years of legal experience lighten your load!”
As well as being an advocate for country life, Khal Shahjahan is a property specialist with almost 20 yeas' legal experience. He specialises in all aspects of residential conveyancing.
Khal and Berwins' dedicated and property team is here to help. If you've found your dream home or would like to discuss your property needs, please get in touch by calling 01423 509 000 or use our contact form online.