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Things to consider when relocating

14th October 2021


The global pandemic has made people stop and think about how and where they live. The shift towards working from home has prompted many to relocate from big cities to more rural areas as they no longer need an office.

If you’re thinking of relocating within the UK, congratulations! You’re on the cusp of a big, exciting change. However, there are lots of things to consider when relocating. To help you make a very big decision, we’ve put together a list of things to think about as you plan your move.

1. Location

This may seem needlessly obvious but really think about the location you’re considering. What are the transport links like? If you’re going to commute, how long will it take? Trains in rural areas, for example, are not necessarily as regular as urban dwellers are accustomed to.

You will of course build a new support network when you move, but also think about how long it will take to reach family and friends from your new home. Relocating within the UK should be an exciting, positive experience rather than leaving you feeling isolated.

2. The local property market

Have a look at the kinds of properties you could afford to rent/buy. Do they tally up with what you’d hoped or will you be compromising for a more desirable location? With so many people relocating within the UK to more rural areas, property prices rocketed. We’re seeing this settle but make sure you check local prices and/or talk to a local estate agent about the current market.

3. Cost of living

The cost of living varies across the country and may impact how you feel about moving. Look at things such as council tax and the kinds of shops nearby, and if you opt for somewhere rural keep in mind you may have increased travel costs.

4. Lifestyle

When relocating, try not to fall victim to a ‘grass is greener’ mind-set. Somewhere you visit on holiday, for example, may be heaven for a week or two, but try to imagine your real, day-to-day life in the area. Can the new location support your desired lifestyle? Think about the shops and restaurants you visit, the activities you enjoy, the places you go, the services you use such as dentists and doctors. Are they all catered for or are you willing to compromise?

Lots of our clients are relocating to Southampton or wider Hampshire and even Surrey. This suits lots of people from more urban areas as it’s the perfect balance of coastal/county living with the local amenities of a bustling national hub.

5. Job opportunities

Even if you keep your current job, that may not be the case forever. It’s worth having a look at local job opportunities even if you’re not planning a change just yet. It will give you an idea of future possibilities as well as a ‘feel’ for the area as a whole.

6. Children

If you’ve got children or are planning on raising a family, anything relating to them will be a huge consideration when relocating. Scope out local childcare, schools, colleges, activities, sports facilities, play areas, doctors and dentists to ensure your new home will support your whole family.

Are you relocating to Hampshire?

If you’re thinking of relocating to Southampton or elsewhere in Hampshire, we’re sure you’ll find the perfect place to settle. This area has so much to offer, from bustling Southampton itself to remote and rural villages for quieter lifestyles.

The superb location within England puts residents in easy reach of national amenities but with the benefit of great quality of life. Vast, protected spaces offer opportunities to spend time in the great outdoors and there’s something to interest everyone of any age. We’re biased but we think it’s a fantastic choice if you’re thinking of relocating! Keep all of the above considerations in mind and don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions.

Find out more

As local estate agents, we have offices throughout Hampshire and know the area unlike anyone else. If you’re thinking of relocating to Hampshire, get in touch. We can help you narrow down locations, consider your priorities and find the perfect property for your big move.

Pop into a local office or get in touch. Our experienced, friendly team will be delighted to help in any way we can.

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