When Choosing a New Home, How Vital Are the Surrounding Amenities?

Written by Chloe Harwood

Finding a new place to live is always a big step to take. You need to find a home that is going to be right for you and your family, but you often have to dig deeper than what the home itself offers. The location and what this has to offer you is often just as important. It’s important not to forget about that. But how important are the local amenities in the area when you move into a new home? Here are some categories that you should always assess and consider when moving to a new location.

Green Spaces

Green spaces are important, even in urban settings. People need somewhere they can get away to when life is getting stressful, and the urban grind is getting them down. So, always make sure you learn about the green spaces on offer in the location you’re thinking of moving to. Having a park at the end of your road or a short walk away might not seem like a huge deal. But it could be something you manage to take advantage of a lot. You don’t always appreciate these things until you begin living there and using them, so keep this in mind.

Public Transport Links

Public transport links are vital if you don’t drive or own a car. How else are you going to manage to get around? Unfortunately, the home with the very best public transport links, especially the ones in large cities, tend to be more expensive. Nevertheless, being near these links can make your life so much easier and allow you to get to work much quicker each day. Don’t just look at the proximity of these transport links, though. Consider how regularly the services run and how good the facilities provided are. Everything from the quality of the bus stop seating to the late night service provisions should be looked into.

Social Hubs

Everyone needs to give some thought to their social lives when they are working out where to live. This is vital because you don’t want to be left living an unfulfilled life as a result of a bad decision when buying your home. First of all, make sure you are within a reachable distance of the people you know. Then think about which social hubs are in the area and how useful they might be to you. What are the bars, restaurants, cafes, clubs and pubs like? Visit them and find out for yourself before actually buying the home.


Finally, you need to think about your future. Of course, you don’t know for sure where your life is going to head. But you can take some steps to ensure your home will be future-proofed for you. For example, if you think that you and your partner might want to have children in the future, you should consider if the home would be appropriate for that. Do you have room to expand the family? And, even more importantly, is the location good for raising a child? You could even think about the local schools.

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Chloe Harwood