There’s a lot of work that goes into moving homes. Near the bottom of that list, for many of us, is checking out the local area. And, really, this should be a priority. You could have a late-night snack emergency after moving and realise the nearest corner shop is a 30-minute walk away. Or you could spend your first few nights struggling to sleep because of the heavy traffic. Both are nightmares.
But don’t worry, we’re here to ease your pain, just like those late-night snacks. If you’re moving home soon, we’ve got a personal checklist for things to look for when choosing a location, helping you to remove the hassle and relax.
So what should you be looking for?
If you’re planning to have children in this new home, it will be useful to keep your school options open. Look for preschools and primary schools in the local area and check their Ofsted report here. Is there a local community you and your children can get involved in? How far away are the schools, via both car and on foot? What is the catchment area like?
We love a bit of green space. It’s great for your mental health and reminds you of the beauty in the world. Have a browse of Google Maps for any nearby green space - parks, gardens, or anything of the like. You might even want to plan a running route.
This green space will be particularly useful for all sorts of reasons, including for the kids playing football, for walking your dog, and for teaching your kids how to ride a bike.
Where’s the nearest bus stop and train station? Are these within walking distance? It’s best to be prepared and know that if your car breaks down on the way to your kid’s school play, you can still make it because there’s a bus stop round the corner.
This will be extra important if you need to commute to work. Think about the places that you need to get to and then use Google Maps or National Rail to find out the travel times.
When you’re feeling peckish, but don’t want to get in the car and drive 10 minutes to Tesco or order a takeaway, a corner shop can be a miracle. When you run out of milk and need a splash for your brew, you’ll know there’s a saviour down the road.
With that being said, having a supermarket nearby for your weekly grocery shop will be of great importance as you transition into family life. It would be a pain having to walk 20 mins with heavy shopping bags...
Cafes, restaurants, pubs/bars
Ever run out of instant coffee and crave an iced frappuccino? Me neither, but it’s nice to know I can get one at the cafe that’s 5 minutes away. Maybe you’ve got a mate coming round on Saturday to watch the footie, but the TV repair guy hasn’t gotten the part he needs yet…off to the pub it is.
Check out what the local food options are, too. If you’re a big fan of Greek and the nearest restaurant is 30 minutes away, you might have to resort to other options…which means it’s worth checking out your options by searching your new postcode on Deliveroo. TripAdvisor can also show you some great local food options.
Home workouts can only do so much for you. When the local gym is within walking distance, there’s really no excuse not to go. Do something good for yourself and check how far it is to the nearest gym. This should help you to stay accountable towards your fitness goals.
And don’t forget about the other options, either. Joining your local cricket or running club can be a great way to meet new people and make new friends, with similar interests, after having moved.
That should give you a few things to look out for before you settle down in your new pad. And while you’re at it, you might be interested in our Home Setup service. We want to make your new move as stress-free as can be, and our Home Setup service does just that.