Moving house can be stressful, but whether you’re selling up privately, using an estate agent or relying on a site like We Buy Any Home to make you an offer, it’s essential to know the ins and outs of relocating. Starting life somewhere new – be it at home or abroad – can be slightly daunting, so here are five nuggets of information to help you out.
- Think about the future
While you might not want to think about moving again for a very long time, you must consider how easy your new property will be to sell in the future – just in case you need to pack up and leave for any reason, or if you simple decide to upgrade or downsize. There are many reasons why you might need to let go of your home, so be sure to choose somewhere in a safe, attractive area with plenty of facilities such as schools, hospitals and shops as these tend to attract buyers.
- Choose an area with a low crime rate
Of course, choosing an area with a low crime rate will not only benefit you and your family, it’ll also make your home easier to sell if you need to, as mentioned above. Sites such as Check My Street offer up-to-date crime statistics as well as information about properties and local amenities, so it’s essential to do your research before going through with a property deal and a subsequent relocation.
- Think about your quality of life
When moving somewhere new, try to make your life as easy as possible. If your kids are at school, for instance, choose a property nearby so you don’t have to travel miles just to drop them off. Similarly, if you are retiring and unable to drive very far, it’s worth selecting a home near to shops and public transport routes. Moreover, make sure that wherever you go you have a support network, as heading off into the country might seem idyllic but if you’re stuck in the middle of nowhere without a vehicle you might soon feel isolated.
- Be selective when moving to a different country
Fancy a complete change? Then moving to a different country might be right up your street – but be selective when choosing where to go. Some places are better than others with Ecuador, Luxembourg, Mexico, Switzerland and USA being voted top expat destinations for 2014, while Greece, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait were ranked amongst the worst places for expats. Once you’ve chosen where you want to live, follow the above tips, making sure there are enough leisure activities nearby and that you are close to all relevant facilities.
- You’ll get more for your money in certain areas
It’s no secret that some areas are more expensive than others. So, if you’re moving from Wales to central London, don’t be surprised to see house prices rise. Similarly, if you’re moving from Canterbury, Oxford or London, where property prices are notoriously high to Manchester where property prices are lower, you might be able to get more for your money in terms of indoor living space or garden area.
Relocating isn’t always easy, but above are five things that every homeowner should know about the whole process.