Thinking about a new lifestyle post lockdown? We can help.
With more people coming to accept that they will be spending a lot more time at home than they anticipated, some might be questioning the suitability of their existing home and whether now is the time to make a move?.
The suggestion is that having a home office, a garden or being close to open countryside will far out way previous priorities such as being close to good entertainment venues or transport routes. Yet, whilst the dream of owning that idyllic place in the country, or working from home on a more permanent basis, might seem very appealing, it’s important that buyers are realistic and question what a new home and lifestyle might bring.
Moving to the countryside? Consider potential costs: Don’t forget that, whilst you might want, or be forced, to spend more time at home there may be times when you want to go further afield and it’s important to consider the impact this might have on your travel costs. Taxi’s, petrol, buses may all cost more as might council taxes, insurances and utilities. Try to find out what they might be.
Escape to the country
Working from home? Check out broadband speeds, whether the property is energy efficient and whether there could be outside disturbance which could distract you. Consider too where you’ll base your office/study (ideally away from busy areas within the house) and, should future business trips be possible, whether you still have access to good transport routes.
Office space and good transport links
Doing it for the children? Make sure you are still in local school catchment areas and consider if there is access to a garden, local parks, play areas, cycle routes or amenities that they might value. A local shop is also often welcome for families. Don’t forget teenagers too. A change in location can mean they can’t see their friends as much or have to travel further to college or school, accept that they will need to be considered in any move and how you might help them.
Primary school within walking distance
Asking price £600,000
Sturry Hill, Sturry, CT2
Going it alone? Consider what the local community may be like and if there are any local groups you can join, what the access to gyms or other local facilities are like and also where you might entertain friends and family in your new home – especially as more people begin to consider the alternatives to going out.
Communal garden - could be ideal for those going it alone
Offers Over £245,000
Lintzford, Rowlands Gill, NE39
**Offers invited between £245,000 - £265,000**
We welcome to the market this wonderfully spacious, premium apartment with views onto the River Derwent. Nestled in the popular semi rural location of Lintzford, Rowlands Gill. Converted from an old mill building, the block benefits from a stunning position and the apartment boasts period features and excellent presentation internally. With further benefits of a communal garden adjacent to the river and a garage, the property must be viewed to be appreciated. The apartment comprises of; hallway with cloakroom and storage, lounge with large windows and a feature fireplace, kitchen with european oak flooring, AEG built in appliances and Corian worktops from John Lewis as well as an induction hob. Finally there are two bedrooms, one with an en suite and the family bathroom. As is expected of a period property such as this, the windows are single glazed but benefit from soundproofing by Ventrolla and the heating system is electric with night storage heaters. Externally there is a communal garden and garage as well as a lift to the apartment. The property is Leasehold and has 974 years remaining.
All in all the prospect of making a move to a new home or location, and embarking on a different lifestyle, can be really exciting but equally quite daunting. Having a true understanding about what’s important to you (possibly drawing on recent experiences) should help as well as gathering as much information as possible about properties for sale from the outset and, of course, working with an agent like Your Move who really puts their customers first
Why not find your dream home with the help of Your Move.