WHAT TO LOOK FOR WHEN MOVING TO A NEW NEIGHBOURHOOD
Packing up and moving to another neighbourhood is a major undertaking. It takes a great deal of preparation and is imperative to do the necessary research and weigh up all the options before making the final decision.
Does the area provide an easy commute to the office? Other aspects to think about include access to public transportation, service hours, route and stops.
Location is paramount in real estate and proximity to public transport can have a positive impact on the appreciation of the home’s value over time.
The local businesses
Are the retailers and businesses in the local area the ones you frequent regularly, such as the bank, pharmacy and grocery store? A trendy coffee shop or gourmet deli are excellent places to catch up with friends but being close to a grocery store that stocks your daily staples is far more practical.
Even if you don’t have children, the quality of the schools in the area is an important aspect to consider because of the influence they have on property pricing. Figures from the Department for Education (DfE) show that homes near the best performing primary schools are 8% higher, and 6.8% higher when near to the best secondary schools. This can largely be attributed to the high demand in these areas due to parents wanting to be located within the school’s catchment area. The catchment areas for schools that have an Ofsted rating of ‘Outstanding’ see the highest returns on investment.
Considering the amenities in the area is important because they influence the home’s investment potential. However, there is another element that relates to your personal needs and wants. If you rate culture very highly then you will more than likely want to be near art galleries and theatres, whereas if you are someone who enjoys the nightlife then you would probably want to be close to good restaurants, pubs, or nightclubs.
There will be telltale signs if an area is experiencing a financial decline or is poorly managed by the council. These signs include houses in need of attention, rundown parks, littered streets, and businesses closing. People will be eager to move out of the area, so look for an unusually high number of ‘for sale’ signs.
While there are many other aspects to think about before moving to a new neighbourhood, these guidelines will assist you to find the right area to meet all your needs, regardless of whether it is in the UK or abroad.
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