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A Beginner's Guide to Moving Home -Choosing the Right Area for you

Picking a property, whether you’re renting or buying, is an important decision and not one to be taken lightly! It doesn’t matter if your new home is just for you, or if it’s for the whole family, you want your new home to be as close to perfect as possible! One of the most important things to think about when looking for a new house is the location, so take the time to research properly!   The first thing to think about is the reason why you want to move. If you’re moving for work purposes, you need to look for an area that’s going to be suitable. If you’re planning on using public transport to get to and from work then make sure you’re looking for properties in areas that have adequate bus, train or tram routes. Take into account how long your commute will take you and factor this into your location decision – you might find what you think is the perfect home, only to move there and discover you’ll have to leave the house at 4am every day! Think about personal preference and how lenient you’re willing to be in terms of the time it takes to commute to work, versus how much you like the property or area! Alternatively, if you’re planning to drive to work make sure you won’t be over-spending on petrol or city parking!   If you’re moving with the family it’s imperative you look into local schools, doctors surgeries and colleges. If you’re moving to a suburban area make sure you’ll have the time to drop the kids off at school before heading to work – this is especially important for younger children who are unable to travel on their own.

Research not only the location, but also the quality of educational and medical facilities in the area. It’s not worth compromising on your child’s welfare simply for the sake of a nicer home!   The next thing to think about is how safe your new potential neighbourhood is. Is the area a crime-watch area? How many burglaries occur there per year? If you are moving with kids it’s worth taking the time to ensure you’re looking at areas that are both friendly and safe, so don’t rush when it comes to exploring the location both on foot and by car.    Choosing the right area can be costly – the safest, friendliest and most easily accessible areas tend to be the most expensive, so consider your budget carefully.

It can be difficult to find the balance between a property that is good value for money and yet is in a safe neighbourhood. It’s easy to fall into the trap of snapping up a bargain starter home only to find out the reason it was so cheap is because it’s in an undesirable location. Be wary of houses that seem too good to be true!   Many areas, especially those close to a city centre, are likely to expand and grow. Speak to your estate agent about changes that might take place in your area, such as tram-lines being added or even flight paths if you’re near an airport. If you’re not going to be bothered by noise pollution then try looking in areas that are facing renovations to find a house for a discount!    Another thing to consider is how likely you are to adapt and renovate the property you’ll live in. If you’re looking for a smaller home that you wish to do up yourself, then make sure you’re looking in an area that is likely to grant you planning permission! This will help you avoid later stresses.

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