Moving house can be one of life’s most exciting events, but also one of the more stressful. We have a few ideas to help make the process a little simpler for the whole family. If you’re house hunting, we have some great tips to help you choose the right home.
For those further down the line, why not go straight to our moving home checklist for some ideas to make things go a little smoother?View checklist
What to look for when viewing a property
Finding a home you love is just the start. Researching the area is just as important, especially if you’re looking further afield. Besides checking the schools and their Ofsted reports, take a look at transport links, train times and frequency for commuting. And don’t forget to find out about the everyday things, like where the nearest supermarket or DIY store is.
Research the area’s crime rate
Another thing to check out is how safe the area is. Take note of the security on the neighbouring properties. Do they have alarm boxes, visible cameras and security lights?
On the homes you view, check the doors and windows are secure – if you decide to buy that could be your first home improvement job. Two thirds of burglars enter through a door* so make stronger locks a priority and consider reinforced glass if the door has window panels.
Did you know? In an average month in the UK around 100,000 households will move.