While it may seem easy to browse online and search for your dream property, it’s imperative that you decide on your dream location before searching for your perfect new home.
Deciding where to live can perhaps be the trickiest part of moving; if you get it wrong it’s not an easily reversible solution and could mean facing the costs and stresses of moving to a new house and location again.
Depending on your current living circumstances, you should take into consideration certain factors before making the leap. So, what are they and how exactly can you decide on the new location?
Keep reading for Corrie and Co.’s extensive yet easy-to-read guide including everything you need to know about choosing the perfect location for you and your family.
What are Your Realistic Financial Circumstances?
If you choose to move to a new house in the same area, there is little to decide aside from what property will be your new home. However, if you want to move to a new city, county or even further afield, then the decision can be a tough one.
First, you should choose an area that you can afford, and the type of property that is within your budget, Corrie and Co have property to rent in Cumbria, as well as buying.
Decide how much you want to spend and look at the local property websites to see what you can afford in certain areas, given your income and the deposit. The average property price in London is £484,362 – a whopping £258,406 greater than the national average. In the North West, the average property costs £159,865, making it a lot more affordable than the South, East, and Midlands.
Make sure that you have your finances in check and know what area you can afford to move to. It is a good idea to sit down with a calculator, all the paperwork, and your banking app to do the number crunching.
Top Tip: Here is the Regional Data Land Registry House Price Index (August 2017 data) to help you discover what region fits in with your price range.
What is Your Need for Transport?
If you have a car then you may not need to worry about transport links as much, but you may still require good bus links or regular trains for your children’s school schedule or any extracurricular activities they participate in while you are at work.
If there is a train station nearby or easy access to the motorway, the area may just be more popular and could mean a possible increase in price as a result.
In the North West, Barrow in Furness has 139 local bus services and a train station. The bus services travel to all the local amenities such as the supermarket and the hospital, meaning you always have access, car or no car. The picturesque town of Ulverston also has 48 local bus services and a train station, meaning transport should never be an issue.
Top Tip: Think about the mode of transport you use the most and work around this. If you usually take the car, do most of the properties in your new location have driveways or parking spaces? Do you cycle regularly? If so, is there a cycle route?
How About the Types of Amenities You Would Like?
If you are a big family, you may need a supermarket nearby or even a local newsagent as your go-to place for the morning paper and a pint of milk. You may have a dog and need a vet nearby or a shop supplying pet food.
The type of amenities you need near your new location will depend on your lifestyle. Think of the things you do on a day-to-day basis. Do you need a new dentist? Or even a local park to take the kids out to?
Top Tip: A great idea would be to list the types of places you would like to see near your new location and take to Google Maps. Plan out a regular work day as well as a weekend day and explore the places you would usually end up going to.
What Type of Area Do You Want to Live in?
Here are other things to consider when choosing a new area to live in:
- What do you want to be happening in the location; lots of hustle and bustle or a quiet lifestyle?
- Do you want to be able to walk to the shops or are you happy driving?
- How long will it take you to get to work?
- Do you want to be close to friends, family and parents?
- Are there community groups and events?
- Are your hobbies catered for in the area?
- Where do you like to shop for food and clothes? Is this possible around this area?
- Are there good schools nearby and a Parent-Teacher Association you could be a part of?
Top Tip: Spend some time in the area you are interested in before committing; it’s worth investing some time in this to ensure that you’ll be happy there. Why not book a weekend away in the area? There are plenty of up and coming events in Barrow as well as in Ulverston for you to sample the local culture.
A property in Milom, Cumbria, with the best of both worlds. In the countryside with access to transport links and a 6-minute drive (40-minute walk) to the main street.
Do You Need Employment Opportunities?
If you are moving to a new area, a main concern may be your job. If you are already employed, will you want to stay in that role or find a new and exciting opportunity? If you are moving from the city to the countryside, consider how you may want to adapt your lifestyle for this in terms of your job, whether that be a change in your career or even working from home.
Top Tip: If you don’t want to change jobs, make sure you are able to commute. It’s also worth bearing in mind that there are plenty of opportunities in the North if you’re relocating from the South. In fact, there are more than 3,000 available jobs in the Cumbrian town of Barrow at the moment.
Here at Corrie and Co, we are proud to have a team of experts who are knowledgeable in finding you the perfect property. We are driven by a skilled and knowledgeable team of valuers, sales negotiators, managers and letting experts who will always work to achieve the best for you!
If you are ready to decide on a new location to live in, we would love to speak to you. We have plenty of beautiful properties and houses for sale in Cumbria, and are able to assist in finding you the perfect one for your lifestyle.
You can see all our available properties to rent in Cumbria here.