How to become acquainted with a new area when moving
Getting the home of your dreams may seem a tall order - but when it comes to location, getting better acquainted with your new area is a must.
The demands of modern day life are forcing some people to look at their home/worklife-balance, opting either to move to a larger home, be closer to work or family, or choose a quieter location.
Whatever the reasons for moving to a new area, don’t let the excitement of a new home detract from the importance of exploring your new surroundings.
According to the National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA) it can take between six and eight months to feel at home in a new area.
Harrison Murray estate agents have some tips on what to bear in mind when weighing up whether to buy a home in a particular area:
Visit the area a few times and spend some time driving around the surrounding towns and villages to get a feel for the bigger picture.
Pop into the local pub and get chatting with the landlord. They usually know all about what’s happening in their locality.
Try driving your route to work / school to get an idea of the journey and how long it will take.
Depending on their age, children may not be completely receptive to moving away from friends, so take them on a tour – pointing out schools, local parks and opportunities for social activities.
Buy editions of the local newspaper or read about the area on-line for information on local clubs and events.
Find out about services on your doorstep – from doctors and dentists to the post office, library - and why not grab a few menus from the local takeaways.
If you have pets, it may be worth finding a reputable boarding kennel/cattery in your new area to take care of them for a day or two during the move to alleviate any stress.
Harrison Murray managing director Nick Salmon said: “For many people, moving home can be an exciting yet at the same time rather daunting experience – particularly if it is to a brand new area.
“However, if you do your homework properly you can ensure your new home suits the whole family.”