Moving House to a New Area

Advice on Moving Home to a New Area

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Choosing where will you live

If you want to move to a new home close to where you already live, there is little to decide. You know the area, we can’t really help you I’m afraid.

However if you are moving more than 10 miles you really need to do your due diligence!


Spend at least two days wandering any area you are considering. It is really worth investing time to make sure you are going to be happy. Can you feel yourself living there?

Look for local areas of poor housing, adjacent motorways or railway lines, chemical plants or post-industrial wastelands

Do you want to live right in the middle of a lively area, or in a quiet street just 5 mins. walk away.

Visit the parks, the pubs and shops

Where will you work?

What does the local paper tell you about local problems or impending developments.

How old or young, affluent or poor is the area?

Are there lots of kids running around, will this bother you?

Living next door to a pub is very different to living a street away

Check out the crime rates and council tax rates.

Is there any public transport? Make sure you investigate timetables, (you may need it one day).

Five minutes walk to the bus stop or station is fine, 20 minutes twice a day for the next 25 years, might just get to you!

On top of this, how long will your actual (train/bus) commute be?

How close do you want to be to your parents, family, and friends?

Are there community groups around? Sports teams, amateur dramatics, gardening – can you get an allotment?

If you like fine shopping, don’t move somewhere with lots of pound shops. If you like good value, don’t go somewhere which only has top-end grocers.

Consider career flexibility. Don’t move to a one-industry town. You may need access to a large job market.

If you are unsure, rent first

The future (children)

Do you have kids – or are planning to have them? You will need to make sure you are moving somewhere child-friendly.

Move into a property that your expanding family can grow into. Make sure you have enough bedrooms, and a garden. Negotiating staircases in blocks of flats with a pram will be a nightmare.

Good schools are vital – Check out Ofstead’s website. to compare local ones

How far the best school is – are you prepared to drive that twice a day?

Local councils will tell you the precise catchment areas of their schools, vital to know before you move into the wrong street, or the wrong side of the street!

Living in a family orientated area will ensure lots of the facilities you will require (parks, etc).

Rural Living

Living in the country may seem idyllic but don’t just move on impulse. It’s often difficult to find work, and even then the pay can be far less.

How long will it take to get to work?

Do you relish a laidback lifestyle or will you get bored? Some people thrive on noise and hustle and bustle.

Check out if there is a large percentage of holiday homes in the village. The community may have been decimated and all that’s left is a few little old ladies!

Are you happy to “join in” with a lively village community. If you don’t they
will talk about you!

One village might be far more expensive than that on the other side of the valley. (Sunnyside or moneyside)?

Is there a shop or post office? Remember that village shops and pubs are closing so what’s there now, may soon be gone.

Are you happy at the prospect of having to get in the car to get a pint of milk?

Where is the farmer’s silage pit located? Is there a pig farm nearby? Are the roads full of cow claps?

If you are unsure, rent first.

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