Right house maybe – Right Area?
Many people moving house make the mistake of placing too much emphasis on the house itself without considering the implications of moving to an area that does not provide what they need to obtain family fulfillment. Before moving to a new area there are several things you can and should do to ensure you will be happy living there.
Firstly, take a look at any local council web-sites. You can find out an awful lot about an area by finding out what the local people in control really think themselves. Be prepared to be objective when reading the good things and make sure you dont miss the important things that often will not be obvious. Things to look our for include;
1. What are the council tax bands for property in the area?
2. Are there any planning developments planned that may effect your use or the value of the property.
3. What is the local schools admission policy-You must consider early on whether the local schools suit and whether you are likely to have problems getting your children placed into the school you wish for.
4. What is the area like for jobs? Whatever your circumstances today you may need to work locally in the future.
5. Do the council offer facilities for young people. This is important because you need to be happy that your children will have plenty of options to express themselves and to participate in a variety of activities and because you do not want to move to an area where there are groups of disillusioned, unhappy youths.
6. local leisure facilities are very important. Whilst there may be a selection of private clubs you never know when you or a member of your family will want to take advantage of the facilities provided by the council.
Secondly, take a look at Price My Place on the obligo.co.uk and have a dig around to see how property values are holding up in the area and more specifically in the street that you are interested in. The site will give you a good idea as to what has happened to property in the area over a period of time and how it stacks up nationally.
Thirdly, have a look at the Ofsted site. This will give you information on the schools in the area such as performance results.
Fourth, its worth having a look at the Office for National Statistics web-site. You can find out lots about health, crime, housing, the environment and plenty of statistics about the local area and how it compares nationally. The site will also give you summaries on neighborhoods and how they compare in the area and on a county basis.
Fifth, its well worth having a look at the Highways Agency site. This will give you information on the local road network and any future road developments. A good and adequate road network is essential to us all. Never underestimate the importance of being able to get about in the area that you live in.
Finally, go on to the Environment Agency site. This will tell you about any risks there may be in the area including such things as prone to flooding and pollution. Sometimes it is not obvious just from knowing of an area that there are environmental problems that affect the area.
Local knowledge as they say is vital in many walks of life in order for us to make the right decision and gain an advantage. Whether its knowing that the green on the 18th breaks from the right or that a motorway is going to be built within 100 meters of a particular property put yourself in control by getting as much information as you can. As in all walks of life when it comes to deciding where to live knowledge is king!