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Before you look for a property, you need to decide on the area you want to live in. If you want to live somewhere completely new, it might take some time for you to decide if you enjoy living there. You can only choose a new area by thoroughly researching it. Decide what you can afford to spend and look on property websites whenever you have free time, to find a place you are interested in.
If you are planning on moving to a completely new area you are unfamiliar with, the first thing you need to do is research property prices. Decide on your budget, and browse the property websites for what you can afford, and then look at the areas. Of course, city centres are usually much more expensive than rural areas.
You will enjoy the area you choose to live in if it reflects your personality and the activities you enjoy.
If you Enjoy Socialising and Nightlife
If you are a very social person who enjoys nightlife and being around a lot of people, you will probably be more suited to city life.
If you enjoy quiet
Alternatively, if you enjoy a more laid-back, quiet lifestyle, areas in the countryside may be for you.
If you want to keep your current job, how far are you prepared to commute? Will you be near to friends or family? You might even be thinking of starting a family, so is the area a family-friendly place?
To get used to a new area, spend some time wandering around and familiarising yourself with all the different streets, buildings and short cuts.
Learn the local transport links and visit the local parks, pubs and shops; all the places you can see yourself spending a lot of your time, to see if you can imagine yourself living there long term. Look at the age group of most of the people in the area – are they your age? Older?
If you aren’t yet sure if you want to live in a completely new area, it might be a good idea to rent before buying a property and dealing with the stress of selling it if things don’t work out.
When you are moving with a family, you need to make sure you are moving somewhere child and family-friendly.
If you move somewhere with a lot of families, it’s safe to assume there will be a lot of child-friendly facilities and parks for them to play in.
Before you move, visit the Ofsted website to find out what the schools are like in the area. The local councils should also tell you the catchment areas of the schools – you need to know what school your children can get into.