The location of your new home can have a huge impact on your lifestyle and there is plenty to consider. Do you want to live in the beautiful countryside that is quiet and peaceful or in a busy vibrant town with plenty to do? How close should you be to family and relatives and how will your new location impact your children? These are important questions to consider when choosing your property location, which we address below.
Country versus Town
A home in the country offers the ideal setting with amazing views, the possibility of a good sized driveway and bigger garden – and not to mention a quieter more peaceful way of life. But it does have its limitations.
If you are a city or town person you will appreciate the convenience of being close to shops and restaurants, the gym, GP surgery, train station… and much more! The disparity in high speed internet access is still considerable for many living in a rural setting.
In an ideal world a mixture of rural and town would be perfect but is very hard to achieve and ultimately, you need to decide how much you value peace and quiet versus access to a wider range of services that comes with living near a town or city.
Home is Where the Heart is
Being far from loved ones is less-than-ideal for many, especially when children are involved (or as parents get much older). But this has to be balanced against the need to commute to work. Living close to family may not always be ideal if it involves long daily commutes which can be stressful and expensive in the long run.
Distance from work may be less of an issue if you live close to a train station although this will incur higher travel costs. If you need assistance figuring out a route, the Commute Search on our main website will help.
The Kids are Alright
If you have children (or plan to!) then the quality and access to nearby schools is important. Towns tend to have more choice of schools whereas schools in the country tend to have small class sizes, providing a more personal learning experience.
The rural versus city question is once again an important topic when it comes to kids. While there may be sports centres and play-areas in urban locations so the kids don’t get bored, a rural home is likely to be larger and have garden space, possibly nearby fields to be active in.
Does the perfect location exist?
To cut straight to the answer, for many people it’s no. There is always a trade-off to be made but this doesn’t mean that decisions over location should be ignored.
When moving house, don’t just think about the house itself and it’s interior. Property location can have a HUGE impact on your lifestyle in terms of family, friends, work and activities that you love to do.
With this taken into account, you’re ready to start searching for your new home. Why not use our search engines to find that perfect location?