Nervous about marketing current property before finding your next home?
We often conduct market appraisals where owners are not comfortable with putting their own properties on the market until they have found somewhere to move to. This is understandable, especially in a market where there is little to choose from. If they have been in their home for many years the decision to move in itself can be difficult, but if there is also nothing on the open market to look at, the whole process can become very demoralising.
Finding your next home – we’re here to help
We see our role as estate agents, not only to sell property for our clients, but also to try to help wherever we can in the house moving experience. It can be a stressful and frustrating time, so our clients appreciate all the help we can give them. As a boutique firm, our ethos is all about service and we want to be able to provide complete assistance if we can, so we are now actively helping our clients to find their next property as well as selling theirs.
All Part of the Rural View Service
There is no extra fee. All we ask is the loyalty that comes with being fully retained, so that when the right house becomes available we are then instructed to market our client’s property. This ideally means that all ducks have been put in a row and the brochure is prepared in advance, so that no time is lost when it really matters.
In the meantime we work alongside our clients to really get to know what they are looking for and to use our many contacts and years of experience in the marketplace to uncover the right house for them.
While it is generally better to find a buyer first before finding a house to move to, this service greatly assists those who are nervous of never finding the right property and we are genuinely happy to be that helping hand.
One of the most pressing reasons for moving house is to live within reach of the best school that we have selected for our children.
Gone are the days when a job for life meant a house for life with the local school as the only option. We are all much more mobile and selective these days and competition amongst schools is intense. League tables, Ofsted and Best Schools Guides amongst others have put huge pressure on performance and of course most of us want to do the best for our children by getting them into the best performing establishments.
State Schools in Wiltshire
The catchments for state secondary schools, some of which are excellent, are often illogical in terms of area and post codes can invariably play a crucial role. Top performing Grammar Schools such as South Wilts Grammar School for Girls and Bishops Wordsworth, both in Salisbury, select their intake on a geographical basis, so, if your child is marginal, the closer you are as the crow flies the better chance that he or she will make it; that is if the 11-Plus is passed in the first place. You really need to be as close as possible to the City as you can and obviously a bus route helps enormously, but many pupils take the train from Tisbury which is a very easy commute.
Village Primary Schools are obviously more numerous, but some are more in vogue than others and for parents to travel for more than twenty minutes to the school of their choice can mean a lengthy school run twice a day.
Private Schools in Wiltshire
And then there is the private sector, where day schooling is becoming much more prevalent and the school run is, again, a priority for parents to consider. Some schools such as Dauntseys and Clayesmore offer a pretty widespread weekday busing system, but with Saturday school and sports matches often compulsory, the journey time is still an important factor.
We often sell or let family houses in South Wilts based on the need to be close to schools or in catchment
and in general these houses not only attract a premium, but also sell faster than those that are farther flung. We have even seen the second home market stir for parents to be closer for weekends, half terms and exeats, although given the Stamp Duty impact this is still a rarity.
If you are in the market for a family home within easy reach of a top school please get in touch. If we are not currently listing the right property we may otherwise know of just the house for you. Alternatively, if you need information on the top state and private schools in South Wilts, North Dorset and South Somerset we can also point you in the right direction.