One of the critical factors when moving home in or around the Sheffield area is to consider where you are looking to locate.
If you are looking for that ‘dream home’, you also need an ideal location. It would help if you thought about what the area is like, what is there and what’s a priority.
To help you get a better sense of the sort of place you would like to locate, we have compiled a list of the different factors that some First Time Buyers in Sheffield look for when trying to find their ideal home.
It is essential to develop an idea of the type of area you would like to move in, as this is somewhere you will be living in for a good while, maybe even turning it into a family home further down the line.
If you are someone who enjoys being in the heart of it all, then city life is more suited for you. Otherwise, if you prefer a quiet life, living in the countryside might be more fitting.
In all areas, you will find pros and cons to either choice, so make sure to give it much thought and research the location before you get your heart set on a potential new home.
The transport links to and from your potential new location are essential factors to consider. For example, if you heavily socialise with friends or family, don’t work from home, go out shopping, you may need easy access to the necessary transport links.
Not to mention each mode of transportation can vary in price depending on location and regular use. If you own a car, how long will it take for you to reach each destination? How much will fuel be? Where is the closest fuel stations?
For those who have children, you should look at what nearby schools are available. After all, every parent wants to find the right school for their child. It’s essential to learn about the various schools nearby to determine which school is most suitable.
If you don’t have any children now but are planning to for the future or have no plans at all, it may be beneficial to look it up, just to future proof yourself.
There may be certain facilities you would like to have close to you when you plan on a place to live. We would recommend writing down a list and separating those that you need from those that you want.
An example of this would be looking to have a gym nearby, but doing so could mean that you have to live in an area without the essential shops you need regularly.
You probably need the shops more for your general living, so that might be something to prioritise, whilst finding an area somewhere close to a gym is an added bonus.
The distance between where you might be living and where your family and friends currently live can influence where you locate. Some prefer keeping them close by, so they have that support network if they need it.
On the other hand, some prefer to keep to themselves with their loved ones at a distance, prioritising peace over going out and socialising with people regularly.
When making purchases, we all would like to know that we’re getting good value for money. Determining this for your home will depend on the area that you’re looking to move to.
Sometimes a better option is for you to look for a cheaper property to start with, though this might mean compromising various features or nearby facilities that you would’ve preferred to have had.
The local community can impact your home living experience quite a bit.
As established, some prefer a quiet life. This might require having a few residents nearby who keep to themselves. Others like to have a thriving, busy community, generally where everyone is known and communicates regularly.
Speak to your estate agent and find out what the area is like. Community Facebook pages or locally run websites tend to be quite common these days, so they are worth looking up to get a rough feel for the area.
Some home buyers may be moving because of a new job or career plan. This is something we’ve heard from customers a lot and is a huge factor. You should review the distance between your new home and workplace.
If you will be working in a home office and only visiting the office sporadically, would you be okay with living a bit further out? What is the space like within the property? Is there even room for a home office?
Those who will be job hunting once they have already moved, do some research on the companies in the local area and compile a list of the leading employers to apply with.
You will find a lot of different property types available to you across the open property market, with these varying depending on where you’re looking.
Some prefer end-terrace properties with a garden to enjoy, whilst others prefer a modern flat or studio apartment.
Make sure you have a good look at all the available options, undertake some property viewings and get a good idea of the type of property you would prefer to live in.
Any proposed local investment would probably be helpful to find information on, especially if you’re looking to build a life within that home and stay there for quite a while.
Online research will be the best port of call when looking to find any future investments. It’s important to consider whether these will be a benefit or a detriment to your lifestyle.
Again, those who prefer quiet country life might find their dream scenario turned into a nightmare if a significant new housing development is planned within proximity.
Hopefully, you are now better equipped to find a place to call your home by reading our list.
When the time comes to make offers on property and get yourself a mortgage, get yourself booked for a free mortgage appointment. We would be happy to help!
We have a dedicated team of Mortgage Advisors in Sheffield available from early until late throughout the working week and weekend, subject to availability.
Whether you are a First Time Buyer in Sheffield or are Moving Home in Sheffield, we can’t wait to hear from you.