Not sure if this is better suited for this, or for the owning your own home thread but here goes:
Wife and I are looking to leave London and buy a place, as we're currently renting in London. We're planning on visiting the areas over the next few months to get an idea of what is available and for the areas we've not lived in before - see if we'd actually want to live there.
Has anyone else taken this approach? Did you need to rent first, then did the house hunting in earnest while you were there? I'd like to avoid that if possible - seems like a real bastard compared to just taking another month on the flat here until we've completed and doing the move in one go.
Considering I don't think there is a location south of York, hopefully we'll be able to keep visits down to a minimum but that might not be realistic.
I'll be working remotely so thankfully I don't need to worry about finding work immediately, and my wife is finishing her masters so will be looking for a training position in any of the places we go.
Love to hear any experiences from people who have attempted this!