Are you considering a move in the near future but aren’t too sure where to begin? You likely won’t be alone in the matter. Many people over the years have considered the same matter, so here are a few things to think about!
1. What’s the Reason?
A pretty important one- why do you want to move? Thinking carefully about this will ensure that you move to the right area and find a place that suits your needs and plans. Are you looking to start a family or branch out on your own? Moving house can be pretty scary, especially if you’ve never done it before. There’s a lot to plan and think about, so having a good idea of why you are moving and what you want to achieve in a new place will help you get a good start.
2. How Many Rooms?
This leads directly on from the last questions. If you’re looking to start a family, you’re going to want somewhere spacious that can easily be child-proofed! There are so many housing options available, from full houses to apartments, flats, even narrowboats, so have a good look around and consider all your options. You might think that you and your partner will be comfortable in a one-bed studio flat, but try to think a few months or years down the line. Will you still be there, and will you find you need more space?
3. Help to Buy Scheme
If buying a new house isn’t even something you would consider due to finances, have a look at Linden Homes and their help to buy scheme. This helps you buy a newly built house, regardless of whether you are a first-time buyer or not. Just enter your ideal location and your current income, and they will help you find a suitable place and assist with mortgages and loans, making your house purchase more financially viable.
4. Catchment Areas
If you’ve got kids, this is a very important one. Make sure you are moving into the correct catchment area for local schools. Location is just one of several factors that determine which school a child can go to; others include academic ability or having siblings at the same school. Do some research into the local schools, especially if you are moving a fair distance and your kids will have to move schools. Contact them and see what their area specifications are, and also consider secondary schools, colleges, feeder schools, and sixth forms if you think you’ll be in the area for a while.
5. Local Amenities
When thinking about location, another vital thing to consider is the local amenities. Small, remote villages are quiet and cosy, but never underestimate the convenience of a local shop or post office. Make sure your area has everything you need – places to eat, good transport links, a gym, shopping centre, these are all things to consider. Conversely, you might not need to live right in the middle of a city to be close to everything you need. It makes sense that inner-city properties are much more expensive yet highly sought-after, but just a 20-minute drive out of town could drastically lower your costs whilst still providing you with everything you require.