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10 Factors to Help You Decide Where to Live

If you’ve decided it’s time to move house, then to make sure you’re happy with your new home, here are our top ten factors to consider when deciding where to live.

10 Factors to Help You Decide Where to Live

Hustle and Bustle of the City or Relaxing Countryside

City life and the countryside are like chalk and cheese in many instances when it comes to deciding where to live. Therefore, it’s important to understand what you prefer. Do you enjoy the buzz of the city? Or do you prefer looking out over rolling landscape?

There are pros and cons to both lifestyles, but you need to decide which is right for you.

Transport links

Whether it’s the fact you commute for work or enjoy spending your weekends exploring new places, transport links can be an important factor for many people. Make sure to do some research into the transport links available and the cost of getting to where you want to go.

Schools

If you have kids, or plan to in the future, then being within the catchment zone of a great school, or a choice of schools is something you might want to bump up your priority list. Local authority websites and school league tables are a great source of information when it comes to finding out which are the best schools in an area.

Amenities

Prioritising which amenities are a must-have, those that are nice to have and finally those that don’t matter will help you filter which properties are worth pursuing.

Maybe you want a park for the kids? A gym on your route home from work? Or a bank within walking distance?

Friends and family

How near to friends and family and family do you want to be? Do you need to be close enough to help them out, or will you need help from them? Are they going to be popping by every night to see how you are, or would you rather keep them at arm’s length?

Value for money

Value for money differs from location to location. If you’re looking to get the most for your money, then it could be worth looking somewhere that’s a little cheaper. However, this might mean you have to compromise on some of the other factors when deciding where to live.

Community

A community can sometimes make or break your experience of living in a house. If you want a small, close-knit neighbourhood, then research the area and speak to the estate agents. You might find some areas even have a dedicated local website or Facebook group.

If a community’s not a big thing to you, but you still want somewhere quiet, then maybe look online for crime rates.

Jobs

If you’re moving because of work, then you will need to think about where that job is in location to where you are buying. But if you’re going to be job hunting once you move, do some basic research beforehand. Look if there are any business parks nearby or who the big employers are in the area.

Property type

There are plenty of different types of property on the market nowadays. Whether that be an end terrace with a nice garden, or a modern, urban apartment, make sure to look at different options available to you and see which best fits your needs.

Investment

If you’re planning to stay in the same house for years to come, then it’s worth researching if there is any planned investment in the local area and if there is, make sure this is going to benefit you and the lifestyle you want. If you’re after quiet village life and there’s a new housing development planned on the next street, will this ruin your dream property?

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