Living in Devon

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Living in Devon

Thinking About Living in Devon?

If you’re considering moving out of the city and living in Devon, you’re not alone. Two years of on-and-off lockdown have changed the way we work, and many families are heading for larger homes and greener pastures in the south-west.


The Schepens team has been moving families down to the south west for over a century now. Many of our movers are now happily settled in their Devon homes. We asked them what advice they would give to people who are thinking about living in Devon.

1. Know What You Want From Your New Life

We love Devon, but the first property we moved to just wasn’t right for us. So, we sat down and worked out what we wanted from living in Devon, which made finding the property we now live in (and love) much easier. My advice would be to go through this exercise before you start looking at properties. Here’s 5 questions to get you started:

  • Do you want to work from home or commute?
  • What kinds of schools do you need for your children?
  • How close to the sea do you want to be?
  • Is sailing an important part of your new life?
  • How close do you want to be to shops?

2. A Sea View Costs a Lot More

I really thought that a sea view was an essential part of moving to Devon, until I saw the price tag! When I realised that we could save hundreds of thousands by moving inland, I quickly adjusted my expectations of living in Devon. Now we live 15 minutes from the sea in a house with a lovely garden and my happiness is complete.

3. Where’s Best If You’re Commuting?

You need to be fairly close to Exeter for a realistic commute by train or car, and even then, the journey can take up to 3 hours (rail) and over 4 hours (car). My partner goes up to town occasionally (once or twice a month) and that’s enough. Think carefully about how you’ll manage a commute, if you have to, and minimise travelling as much as you can.

4. Top 4 Places to Live

The top 200 places to live guide has 8 Devon locations. 4 of them I’m not familiar with, so here’s my top 4 of the 8:

  1. Totnes. An historic markets town that’s lively, chic and a great place to eat, shop or live in.
  2. Topsham. Great for commuters as it’s close to Exeter, and not too well known – yet.
  3. Teignmouth. Famous for its gin distillery! Also, lovely sandy beaches and a proper seaside town vibe.
  4. Tavistock. If you’re longing for walks on the moors, Tavistock’s ideal. Great markets, and some nice places to eat.

Schepens for Stress-Free Devon Removals

We’re a 4th generation family-run removals company, based in the south west. For over a hundred years now we’ve been helping movers to relocate to this beautiful county, which means we’ve had plenty of experience dialling down the stress for our customers. That’s why our prices are affordable, our scheduling is flexible, and our removals teams are always willing to go the extra mile.

Tailored Removals to the South West

Whether your move is local or long-distance, Devon removals can wear you down. Which is why our removals are bespoke. Each mover is allocated a move co-ordinator who will create a tailored removals plan, based on your specifications. They’ll be available throughout the process, to help and support you every step of the way.

Schepens removals services include:

  • Free No Obligation Removals Quote. Once we know the details of your move, we’ll provide an accurate quotation to help with your budgeting.
  • Insurance. Your goods will be covered by insurance whilst they’re in transit. If you need additional insurance – Accidental Damage, Extended Liability – we can arrange cover.
  • Professional Packing Service. No time to pack? Our professional BAR trained packers can do it for you. We’ll complete the task in hours using sturdy, sustainable packing materials.
  • Specialist Removals. Whatever you want to move with you, we have the expertise to handle it. Our specialist team are experienced movers of pianos, art and antiques.
  • Self Storage. If you need storage included in your move, Schepens has a number of local storage facilities offering a well-managed, secure environment for your goods.
  • Transport. Your goods are transported in one of our state-of-the-art removals vehicles which run on air ride suspension and boast an adjustable bearing system, ensuring little or no movement of vehicle content.

Second-to-None Customer Service

“Schepens gave us a top-quality move from one end of the country to the other. From estimating our quote to unloading the last box the service was exemplary. Not having moved for many years we were very happy with how it all went.”

Sue and Jonathon


If you’re planning a move to Devon, give Schepens a call to find out about the range of support we can offer – 01794 323558