Trade-offs will always be part of a property search, but that doesn’t mean you won’t find happiness in your new home
When Arabel Lebrusan’s husband found a new job in Derby, his two-and-a-half-hour commute home to London quickly took its toll. “It was a really hard commute,” she says. “He would spend a couple of nights in Derby, and then come back on a Wednesday and go back again. It wasn’t very sustainable. In the end, we decided to move halfway.”
They rented and eventually bought a house in Bedford, which was a 90-minute commute to Derby, and a similar distance from London. Lebrusan had recently opened a shop in London to sell her ethical jewellery designs, so would have to travel in each day, at a considerable cost of £600 a month. But she says the move made sense in a lot of ways and proved cost-neutral.