Where Should I Live? How to Decide | CBRE Residential
What sort of things should homebuyers look for when choosing a new area to move to? Find out more about the key considerations from CBRE Residential here.
Where Should I Live?
There’s much more to buying a home than finding a property you like and signing on the dotted line. It’s become a well-worn media cliché to invoke that magic mantra – location, location, location – but nonetheless, you do need to think very carefully about the area you’ll be moving into as well as the property itself.
Thorough research into the wider neighbourhood, its amenities and its prospects, is therefore vital when choosing where to live. It also helps to get an idea of what other buyers are looking for when they come to buy a property in a different district.
Even if the property itself appears to fit the bill perfectly, you need to take the wider living experience into account before committing yourself.
With all that in mind, it’s worth considering what people generally look for when asking themselves that key question – “where should I live?” Here we’ll take a closer look at the key factors to bear in mind.
Transport in London
Transport is another crucial consideration for people relocating to a new neighbourhood. If you’re going to be commuting to work, you’ll need to ensure that you can get there and back without too much trouble. An excessive commute can be very wearisome, depriving you of the energy you really need to do your job to the maximum of your abilities. This can even hamper your future career prospects, so this is worth remembering.
If you’re going to be driving to work, make sure you explore the routes by which you can get there, and whether or not the local traffic makes it feasible. Alternatively, if you’ll be commuting by public transport, make sure that the area you choose has good bus, rail, tram or Tube links.
When setting up in an entirely new place, it’s absolutely crucial to get a good feel for the local social life – this shouldn’t be neglected. You could set yourself up in a great property, but you don’t want to find yourself simply holed up in it. So without plenty of things to keep you occupied (sophisticated bars and eateries, exciting nightlife, a vibrant cultural life, and so on), your new life in your new area could soon lose its lustre.
When moving to a new district, then, one of the biggest priorities for incoming residents is to really explore the area first. Try to get a feel for what’s on offer in nearby, and for the wider community life.