Over the last 10 years, the process of moving home has become a notoriously difficult and stressful task. With so much to do, it can sometimes be easy to forget some essential steps! Especially, if you’re moving to a new neighbourhood that you are not familiar with.
With this in mind, let’s look at some of the key aspects that any prospective homeowner should consider before moving into a new neighbourhood.
Regardless of whether you are planning on having kids or not, looking up any nearby educational facilities can tell you a lot about a specific area. For instance, the proximity of your home to any primary or secondary school facilities can have a significant impact upon its future value. Remember to check the quality of any local schools, using their most recent Ofsted reports as a guideline.
If you do have young children, you should also spend some time researching the application process of each school. Having this information to hand will be extremely useful in the future.
Whenever you move to a new area one of the first things you should do is register at your local doctor’s surgery. Transferring your medical details from one surgery to another may take some time, so you’ll want to do this well in advance and avoid any potential delays to your health care.
It’s also important to register with any specialist health care services that you may require such as dentists and opticians.
Even if you already own a car or bike, researching the local transportation services can be an extremely useful exercise. Look into public transport options such as trains and buses, contact local taxi firms for average prices or coverage and find out where your nearest motorway is.
If you have any regular commutes, check out the route and flag up any potential delays that may affect your journey on a regular basis. This includes congestion at a result of traffic, roadworks, narrow streets or built-up areas.
At this stage it’s useful to consider the facilities that will be important to you personally. For example, you will want to find out where your nearest supermarket, banks or pubs are and how they are situated in relation to your new home. Once you have identified which services you will require and how accessible they are, you’ll have a far greater understanding about the convenience of your new neighbourhood. Especially for your own individual requirements.
Guaranteeing your safety is one of the most important stages of the moving process. By checking the offence rates and general safety ratings of an area you can ensure that you are not moving into a neighbourhood with an unusually high crime rate.
In addition, these statistics will also give you an idea of what you can expect to pay in home insurance. For instance, you can anticipate that the cover will be considerably cheaper in areas with a low crime rate.
Finally, if you like to keep active, you’ll probably want to research any local gyms, swimming pools or parks in the general vicinity. Much like the local amenities, find out how quickly you can access these resources before registering your details.
Here at White Horse Surveyors, we understand that this information can be a massive administrative task that can take countless hours of research to assemble!
That’s why we’ve partnered up with ZoomLocal. Their comprehensive 80+ page reports will tell you everything there is to know about a neighbourhood. To learn more, click here.
If you are considering moving to a new neighbourhood and require impartial advice on your move, please do not hesitate to contact our helpful and friendly sales team.