Finding the perfect location

By MCR Homes • August 08, 2017 • Buyer's Blog

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.

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.

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.

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?

Choose what type of area you want to live in

There are a number of things to consider:
  • Would you like a lively place with lots of life?
  • Do you want to be somewhere more rural and quiet? Do you relish the country lifestyle?
  • Are you willing to drive far to reach local amenities or do you want to be in walking distance of local shops?
  • How long does it take to get to work? To see friends?
  • Do you need to be in the local school catchment area?
  • Are there community grounds and leisure facilities available?

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.

Opting For Areas With Reputable Schools

Where there are better schools there are more desirable properties on offer. There is a direct correlation between higher house prices, lower crime rates and overachieving school statistics. Well-educated children believe in their capability to be successful outside of the school environment and their ability to land a good job when they leave school.

Are there good employment opportunities available

Ambitious people may require access to larger cities with greater employment markets available. Moving to a big city, however, is not for everyone, if you’re moving from the countryside, consider how you are going to have to adapt your work-life balance.

Before relocating for a job or relocating to find a job make sure you do your research.

There are a number of things to consider:
  • Are you going to be forced to a long time commuting?
  • Are there alternative transport options?
  • Does the job provide the work-life balance you desire?
  • Have you done research into industries needing workers?

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