It almost goes without saying that location is, and will always be, one of the most important factors to consider when moving home; whether you are relocating to the house next door or thinking about a move across country. From schools to shops, transport links to countryside spaces each element needs to align to your way of life before you take your next steps on the property ladder. 

Don’t rely on other people’s opinions or the property’s description to sell, or dissuade, you on an area; try to educate yourself by doing your own research. If you are considering moving to a new village, town or city why not take a trip there and walk around and get a feel for it before you start viewing properties.

Here are a few suggestions of things to consider when it comes to location: 

  • If you have, or are planning a family, schools and extra curricular activities can help to shape your little one’s future so look into local facilities and Ofsted reports and ensure they will suit your needs.
  • Its good to feel connected, whether to family and friend’s homes or work and play places. Check transportation options, from train and bus routes to A roads and motorways, to see how easy it will be for you to get where you need to go. If you’ll be commuting each day why not trial the journey one morning to see how it easy, or difficult, it may be.
  • How close the local shops and high streets are could be another factor to consider as you’re likely going to want to know how quickly you can get a pint or milk or newspaper on a Sunday morning. 
  • Do you have pets or love long walks in the countryside? Think about where the nearest outside spaces are for you to explore and embrace the great outdoors.

Of course each of these will need to balance between your desires and your budget so if I can leave you with one piece of advice, be open. You may fall in love with a property that doesn’t quite tick all your location boxes but by being open and prepared to compromise, even if its just a little, you won’t be limiting your search and may be surprised at what you find.