If you are moving to a new area, be sure to do your research

If you are considering moving house or buying / renting a new home then you should ensure that you do your research before deciding exactly where to live. It may be that you are limited as to where you can live as you need to be close to your place of work, children’s school or family.

When property searching it can be very easy to fall in love with a property without really considering where it is and what’s close by. You firstly need to establish if you want to live in the countryside, in a city or somewhere in the middle. Living in the countryside can be great and very relaxing but there are also downsides. You may find it hard to adjust to country live it you have previously lived in a city. Simple things such as the convenience of the shops being on your door step and takeaways galore can take a while to adjust to. Often people have to relocate for jobs in which case you may want to live as close to work as possible.

When doing research think about not only the street that you will be living on but also surrounding streets, especially ones that back on to yours. Have a look at the local schools and their Ofsted reports if you have children or are planning on having them.