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How to Decide the Best Place to Buy a House

Buying a home is a significant decision, and choosing the right location is crucial. Here’s or friendly guide to help you find the perfect place for your next home, and remember our teams in our branches hold a wealth of local knowledge, so please just ask.

Visit potential neighbourhoods multiple times to get a feel for them at different times of day.

Research local amenities, schools, crime rates, and pollution levels.

Look for signs of an up-and-coming area and track property prices to understand the market.

Why Location Matters

The area you choose to live in will become your new community, as familiar as your close friends and family. While you may have an idea of where you want to live, keeping your options open can help you find the best fit.

Exploring the Area

Visit at Different Times:

Spend time in the neighbourhood during different days and times to see how it feels.

Check out the area during weekdays, weekends, mornings, and evenings.

Talk to locals to get their perspective.

Check Crime Rates:

Access detailed crime statistics from local police or websites like data.police.uk.

Read local newspapers and join community social media groups to understand local concerns.

Consider how crime rates might affect your insurance premiums.

Research Schools:

If you have children or plan to, investigate the quality of local primary and secondary schools.

Ensure your prospective home falls within the school catchment areas.

Contact schools directly for the most current catchment information.

Local Amenities:

Explore nearby shops, banks, restaurants, and pubs.

Consider your proximity to places of worship, libraries, cinemas, and sports facilities.

Check if there’s a gym, park, or leisure centre you can easily access.

Healthcare Services:

Look for local GPs and dentist surgeries.

Use online reviews and local social media groups for recommendations.

Transport Connections:

Test out your commute to work or school to see how long it takes.

Investigate public transport options and street parking availability.

Consider the costs of commuting and parking.

Planning and Council Tax:

Check local authority websites for information on planned developments.

Understand any upcoming changes that might affect the area, such as new shopping centres or industrial projects.

Look into the current and future Council Tax charges.

Environmental Factors:

Use the Environmental Agency’s website to check for flood risks.

Investigate air quality and pollution levels.

Visit during peak traffic times to gauge noise and congestion levels.

Signs of an Up-and-Coming Area:

Look for ongoing home improvements and the presence of independent retailers.

Notice new estate agencies and infrastructure projects.

An influx of young professionals can also indicate a rejuvenating area.

Property Prices:

Use tools like My Home to check property values and past sale prices.

Review house prices on specific streets and explore broader market trends with resources like the House Price Index.

Choosing the right place to buy a house involves thorough research and multiple visits. By considering factors like crime rates, schools, amenities, and future developments, you can find a neighbourhood that fits your lifestyle and needs.

Happy house hunting!

Sourced from Rightmove

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