Top tips on how to choose a new place to live

April 2016

Most people have a general idea about where they want to live or have reasons as to why they need to stay in the same area, but there are so many other factors that go in to choosing a new place to live, so we’ve created this blog to help you!

If you’re looking for a new home, you’re probably only going to look in the area that you currently live, purely because it is familiar, but sometimes it might make more sense to move slightly further afield. 

Below are points you should focus on when you’re researching in to new areas to make sure that you can settle down in an area that offers everything you need.

#1 – House Prices 

Money plays a huge factor in deciding where you want to live, and rightly so. Buying a house is one of the biggest financial commitments you will ever make, so you need to make sure it’s perfect for you. 

It is important to research house prices in your preferred area and those surrounding it. You’ll be surprised to see that sometimes, house prices can vary for exactly the same house type depending on its location.

For instance, if you fell in love with a house type on one development but the builder had another development 15 miles away that was £20,000 cheaper, it could be worth your while to consider moving to the other development.

#2 – Transport

Making sure that you have adequate transport links near your new home is incredibly important. If you’re moving to a new area, you will need to see what changes will be made to your commute.

If you don’t drive you need to make sure that getting to work is as easy as possible and if you do drive, checking out developments located close to a motorway network can seriously shorten your commute time.

#3 – Schools

 If you have children or you are planning to have children you will have to consider what the schools are like in the area. The best way to find out about what the local schools are like is to check out their websites. Every school website has to publish information about the curriculum, admission criteria, behaviour and disability policies and links to Ofsted reports and performance data.

You should check out league tables to see how they are performing and it won’t hurt to actually visit the schools to get more information. 

#4 – Local amenities

You need to consider how far away you are from amenities you’re already signed up for. If you have a gym membership it could be worthwhile to find out if there is another gym close by that offers a similar membership or if you are in a gym chain, see if there is another branch near to your new house.

Normally, you’re never too far away from a supermarket so this is less of an issue but you should check out what kind of pubs, restaurants, shopping centres and tourist attractions are near to your development before you make your decision.

If you want to search for a new home, you can do so on our website, here!