‘Time to make a move if you have your eye on a particular school’

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It’s coming up to half term, and it’s a key time of year for many parents as arrangements are made for the allocation of school places.

Some families decide to take positive action as they try to secure a place for their child at a preferred school.

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And there is still time to secure a new home in time for September to be closer to, or within walking distance of, their favoured school, says estate agency chain Harrison Murray.

The September term may be four months away, but head of estate agency Nick Salmon said parents should act now if they want to be settled in time for the new 2013/14 school year.

He said: “It is increasingly the case that people move into the catchment area of their preferred school.

“For many parents, the school place allocation has been made – but for others there is still the opportunity to move in time for September, or for the next round of school allocations for those looking further ahead to the 2014/15 intake.

“Buyers thinking about this option are encouraged to act now, bearing in mind that the buying and moving process takes on average of 12 weeks.

“By the same token, sellers should not delay in putting their own home on the market – to take advantage of the ‘school movers’ searching in the market for their ideal home.

“Harrison Murray can also help by giving sellers tips and advice on making the most of their For Sale property.”