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Picking an area to live in isn’t easy or just about your available budget, it’s all about choosing a location that suits your family and your lifestyle. Read on to find out what to look for when choosing a new area to live in and how to find the perfect place to call home.
How to choose an area to relocate to
Before you look for your dream property, you need to decide on what area works best for your lifestyle needs. Choosing a location to move to can be one of the most important decisions you make, make the wrong decision and you will either be unhappy with your move choice or you will have to face the cost of moving once again. You need to consider your personal needs during a move, such as whether you are older and will need live-in care or if you need to be close to a train station to commute for your job.
There are plenty of reports available on the web on local house price reports – we recommend that all customers do their due diligence, however, this guide aims to create a checklist of factors to consider before moving that look outside of the box and from a home-seekers perspective. The Little House by the Sea have some great reasons to buy a house by the sea!
Choosing an area within your budget
First and foremost you need to decide on an area that is within your budget and the type of property you’d like to live in. Decide roughly how much money you want to spend and how much equity (if needed) you can raise. See here for further advice on mortgages or finding the right time to buy.
What to consider when moving to a new area
If you’re moving to a different region, part of a town, country, or the world, then choosing a specific area is more difficult. It came take the time to get to know the area well enough to truly know whether you want to live there. Many factors cannot be made apparent when only being a visitor to the area. The UK housing market is highly dependant on the local market. Thorough research into individual streets can ensure that you are confident enough to when considering a potential offer for a property.
Decide on the type of property you want to move into
There are a number of things to consider:
- What is the minimum number of bedrooms the property needs to have for you to consider?
- Would you prefer garden space or a prime city centre location?
- Would you like a new build property, a conversion or a property you can renovation?
Look Into Transport Options Are To You
Undoubtedly popular housing areas tend to have excellent transport connections whether that be nearby access to the train station, bus and tram stop or good access to the motorway and aren’t too far from the airport. Noise pollution is something that should be considered especially if you prefer living in a more tranquil area of the country. Check the local flight path and motorway prevailing wind direction as any noise pollution will travel with the wind.