Location, Location, Location – Choosing Where to Live

Choosing Where to Live

The process of moving home comes with many important decisions that must be carefully considered to make an effective purchase. More specifically, the location of the property should have a huge impact on whether the buyer chooses to proceed with the purchase or not.

This is due to the significant impact that the local amenities and services will have upon your move. Think about your lifestyle and what facilities you would need to accommodate these – If you exercise regularly and want a local gym? Do you have dogs that need to be taken on long walks in a quiet field? Are you a keen shopper that wants a range of stores close by?

 If the area does not accommodate your personal circumstances or effectively account for any future that you may have, you may end up with undesirable property that causes more problems later down the line.

That is why the team here at White Horse Surveyors have put together the following article to detail some of the key considerations that any buyer should consider when choosing where to live…

Consider Internet/Signal Speeds

Especially over the past 12-months, the importance of a fast and responsive broadband connection has become evident. With so many people either working from home, picking a rural property and/or one that lacks modern connectivity (e.g fibreoptic broadband) may result in significant challenges or frustrations.

Similarly, you should avoid any homes that are situated within drop out zones or that are prone to local outages. For this reason, it is worth looking into the area and checking out the existing options as well as any proposed changes to the existing services.

Research Any Upcoming Changes/Property Developments

Furthermore, it is also worth investigating any new builds that are being planned in the area. Depending on the area, a property development will have a direct impact upon both the general region as well as your own property.

On the one hand, the prospect of a new home can boost the appeal of an area with an increase in job prospects and demand also raising house prices. However, there is also the chance that the additional traffic and associated disruptions (longer commutes, noise pollution, etc) will have the opposite affect and put buyers off.

Not to mention, the possibility of saturating the local market and possibly reducing the average value of homes in the area.

Think About Your Long-Term Goals When Moving Home

As one of the most important decisions you will ever have to make, it is important that any property purchase is viewed as a long-term decision that should be treated as such.

For instance, if you are looking into either advancing your career or starting a family soon, it is important that you factor this into your decision. By choosing a home that is too small or not well situated, you may find that you need to move again in a relatively short space of time.

Furthermore, the vicinity of your new home to existing friends and family will also be an important consideration when choosing where to live. If you are close to your family or have lots of friends in a certain area, then the distance of your new property to this region will have added significance.

Be Aware of Local Employment Opportunities & Industries

On this note, if you are moving to an entirely new area, you should also take the time to research the local job postings and make sure that all the necessary arrangements have been made.

Make sure that you have either secured a new position in the area or that the region has suitable public transport links. This will mean that the commute between your home and the office will not be too expensive or overly long. Making it a key decision when choosing where to live.

If you are moving in with friends and family, it is important to also consider their circumstances. Although you may have secured a new promotion or role, this will also mean that they must find suitable work in the area prior to moving.

Moving Home – Look Into the Local Area

In addition to the elements already discussed in this article, there are several other amenities that should also be investigated when choosing where to live.

For example, any hobbies or passions that you may have, including:

  • Walking
  • Boating
  • Playing Sport
  • Etc

For more information on which factors are included in these considerations, check out our blog on the topic here.

Contact Us

If you are about to move to a new neighbourhood and would like some impartial advice on your best course of action, please do not hesitate to contact our team of experts for an in-principal discussion.

Simply drop us an email via sales@whitehorsesurveyors.co.uk.

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