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Choosing the location of your new home

Choosing the right location for your new home is widely considered one of the most important decisions and with so many aspects to think about there is no surprise why.

Buying a house is probably the biggest investment you will make so getting it right first time will help elevate any stress and problems that could come in the future.

If you’re young a flat in the bustling city centre may sound appealing now but in 1-2 years your priorities may change and so you need to be living in an area that will accommodate for these changes.

Location, location, location better translates to compromise, compromise and more compromises!

You need to find a balance that will serve you well in the immediate future and also long term over the next 5, 10, 15+ years.

The best thing to do when starting to think about the location of your new home is to write a list of your current priorities and things that are absolutely important to you, for example:

  • Travel routes into work
  • Distance from family and friends
  • Do you have pets, dogs that need walking?
  • Do you need to be able to walk to doctors, dentists etc? 
  • Do you need to be able to walk to local amenities, food shopping, post office, gyms, shopping malls.
  • Do you need to be within walking distance or easy public transport routes to your child’s current school?

A lot of the things you write down will be subject to your current circumstances. Like you only have one car between two of you so the other person needs to be able to walk to local transport routes and shops etc. You may have a new born baby so easy access to a doctor or hospital is a must if you’re not to rely on other people. Do you own a car or do you use public transport?

Can you go out with friends and family at the weekend without having the need to drive, are taxis cheap enough to use for the distance you will need to use them for? Do you have children in school that need to be able to walk or get a bus to school? Will you be taking your children out of school and into a new one? If so then finding the right school will mean living in the the correct catchment area so look at school tables and look into schools that suit your children’s needs.

Once you have written down all of your current needs it’s time to think about your future needs. If you know certain things in your life will be changing in the next couple of years then you will also need to take these into consideration.

Once you have gathered all of this information you will have a pretty clear idea of what you’re looking for.

So now you’ve found, in general, the right location to live in, it’s time to be more specific when you have found house that you like.

  • Are the neighbours friendly?
  • Is the house on a busy road?
  • Off street parking, or on street parking?
  • Council tax rates etc.

These specific things are ones that are often not considered as important because to live in a perfectly situated location is very rare without having one or two things that you need to comprise on.

The main goal of finding the correct location is to think for now and the future and be willing to make certain comprises. if it means making your life easier in the long run.

Finding the right location for your new home ultimately it comes down to the individual and what comprises they are willing to make, some would rather the perfect house over the perfect location and some the other way around. Look at your priorities and make decisions based on what will make you and/or your family happy as that is vitally important too.