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Planning A Move In 2024?

Key considerations for venturing into pastures new this year


 


 

Considering a change of scenery this year? We’ve often heard the saying that ‘Home is where the heart is’, but what happens when your heart’s destination isn’t quite clear? You may be pondering a nationwide move due to an enticing job opportunity, or the charm of countryside living is beckoning you away from the city’s hustle and bustle. Regardless of your reasons, it’s undeniable that moving can be a daunting endeavour.


 

Investing in a new home is a major undertaking, and ensuring that your new locale suits your current needs and lifestyle is crucial. The decision to uproot can be intimidating, with countless factors to consider. The stakes rise even more when you’re contemplating a move to a completely unfamiliar area. If you’re considering such a move, here are some crucial points to remember.


 

THOROUGH RESEARCH


If you’re mulling over trading your current address for an unfamiliar town, city or region, comprehensive research is paramount before you make your final decision. Scrutinise property prices across various areas and determine where your budget will yield the greatest value.


To gain an all-encompassing understanding of local market trends, examine the prices of homes currently on the market and recent sales of similar properties. A seasoned estate agent can provide invaluable guidance throughout this process.


For homeowners planning to sell their current property before relocating, it’s advisable to consult a local agent fora property evaluation. This information will not only help you establish what you can afford but also enable you to compare houses within your budget across different locales.


 

CAREER COMPATIBILITY


Your career should be a significant factor in your relocation decision, whether you work from home or commute daily. If you’re a remote worker, ensure that the broadband connectivity in your potential new area is up to par and assess the cost of dependable internet providers.

If your work involves commuting, calculate the travel time and costs associated with your prospective new location.


Numerous online tools can assist you in determining the distance between key locations and potential properties.


 

BEYOND THE PROPERTY


When inspecting a property, endeavour to picture yourself residing there. Beyond the property itself, consider whether the new area aligns with your lifestyle. Take into account your hobbies – are there local gyms for fitness buffs? Are there opportunities to engage in outdoor pursuits like hiking or running?


Investigate local groups or sports teams that could help you establish a social circle after your move. Additionally, consider your leisure activities. Does the new area have the infrastructure to support your interests, such as dining out, cinema visits or shopping?


 

SCHOOLS AND TRANSPORT


For those moving with children, the standard of local schools is paramount. Review the most recent Ofsted reports and contact schools that pique your interest to help narrow down your preferred catchment areas.


Transport connections are equally crucial. Consider your typical mode of transport and how easily accessible these options are in the new area. Also, evaluate the practicality of visits from friends and family and trips back to your previous area.


 

EXPERIENCE BEFORE COMMITTING


The decision to move to a new area isn’t one to be taken lightly. In fact, it’s recommended to trial potential new locations before making your choice. While a single day’s visit might give you a basic impression, spending time across different days can paint a more accurate picture of the area.


 


GET A LOCAL PERSPECTIVE


During these visits, try to immerse yourself in the local lifestyle. Savour the local cuisine, enjoy leisurely visits to parks and explore the bustling high street shops. Living like a resident gives you a genuine feel for the area’s character.


 

UNDERSTANDING THE COMMUNITY


Conversing with locals is one of the best ways to understand a community. Their experiences and opinions can provide invaluable insights into the neighbourhood. Additionally, consulting with a local estate agent can offer professional guidance and a deeper understanding of the property market.


 

YOUR MORTGAGE MATTERS


Expert advice is crucial whether you’re embarking on your homeownership journey, preparing for relocationor searching for improved mortgage terms. We’re hereto discuss mortgage solutions that align perfectly with your individual needs.


 

>> FIRST-TIME BUYER OR LOOKING FOR MORE COMPETITIVE MORTGAGE OPTIONS? <<


Whether you’re a first- time buyer or looking for a better deal, we can help you find the right mortgage.


Get in touch with one of our mortgage advisers today to learn more about your mortgage options.



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