When it comes to settling down, there’s a lot of considerations you have to take into account. You’ve got to know who you want to do it with, and be completely sure about them. You’ve got to be able to sketch out a budget and stick to it, and know where your minimum and maximum stretches are. You’ve got to know the size of the home you want to invest in, and whether you’re ever going to need to upgrade, or if you’ll be able to extend and renovate the property you choose. And ultimately, you need to decide whereabouts you’re going to put down your new life’s roots.

And those are all hard questions that deserve a lot of thinking, and you’re probably getting overwhelmed just being faced with them. But you don’t need to be – not when posts like this exist on the internet! Let us help you work out what you want from your new home and how to get those things; it’s the neighborly thing to do.

You’ve got a lot of work to do before you can decide what wall color compliments the ceiling, so get down to it with the right information on your side!


First of All, What Kind of Property Should You Invest in?

If you’re someone on the lookout for a home of your own, of course you want it to live up to every single dream you’ve ever had about it. But the first question to ask, to make sure you’re well on your way to achieving both those childhood and young adulthood dreams, is to know your property types.

Do you want something you own completely, with a mortgage and repayment plan to boot? Do you want something someone else has a stake in, to make the money management easier to get on with? Are you looking for a temporary point before you move on to your actual dream home, and you’re looking to make some money off of it when you’re gone? Of course you’re not going to want a commercial place, so you immediately cross that off of the checklist, but you’re still going to be left with numerous options.

Overall, you’re going to want to decide between a freehold property, and a leasehold property. Both have their benefits and their drawbacks, and it’s completely up to you which one is more suitable. But as long as you know the terms of the contract on your new home, and the more comfortable you are with your rights to ownership, the better. Don’t let yourself settle on the first semi suitable place that comes along!

Does Your Hometown Offer Enough Options?

When choosing your new home out from the property market, you’ve got be sure you’re looking in the right place, as well as finding the right property for you. And when you’ve got rising and falling house prices up and down the country, in every town and every city across the globe, you’ve got quite a few options to take a look at. And that brings up the question of whether you should settle down in the town you grew up in, whether you should move nearby, or whether you should up-end and move to another part of the country completely.

This is a big country you’ve found yourself in, so the options are going to be practically endless for you to migrate towards. However, it will cost you a lot more to move your entire life and family a few hundred, or possibly thousand, miles across the country, but the opportunities once you get there can be endless. If you’ve got the budget for another $3000 or so on your hands, this would be a good chance to exercise your rights! And all that means is that now’s your chance to book yourself a bit of a vacation, to scout out the area before you actually permanently move there…

If you’ve got the time right now, why not watch this video that help expands on a couple of the main reasons as to why you should leave a hometown behind? 

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Should You Go Abroad?

Are you tired of the same old this and same old that in the country you live in? Maybe you think your roots are getting a little old and stale, and you’re desperate to let some new ones down elsewhere? Maybe you’re intrigued by the idea of another culture, which just seems brighter and friendlier to you compared to the one you live in? If you can answer yes to most or all of these questions, then moving internationally might just be the best idea for you.

When it comes to settling yourself into another country, with new laws and regulations and prices down the local supermarket, you might just find the cost isn’t as expensive as you first thought… But you’re going to need to find the best moving company for you needs, with low shipping quotes, and then factor in your flight ticket costs and all the insurance (health, your visa etc.); the list just goes on. As long as you know everything you’ll have to fork out for, you’ll be able to make the decision properly.

Once this is all decided, looking for a home abroad could be a great deal for you, but you just need to look out for the exchange rate. You’re don’t want to have to pay any more to move than you usually would within your own country, and the value of other currencies compared to your own can drop all the time; keep an eye on the stock market, get a good understanding of how it works, and pick your moment right.

What Amenities Do You Want?

Where you decide to move is very much dependent on the goods and services you want around you. So in order to make sure you’re investing in the very best home for you and your family, you’re going to want to look at the surrounding area that’s within walking or a short driving distance. And with an internet connection, you’re going to have a much easier time of researching this than you are anything else on this list!

You’re going to want to be able to do a grocery shop on a regular basis, and you shouldn’t have to drive miles to be able to accomplish this. That means you’re going to need a local town or city nearby, if not an out-of-town mall to visit. You’re also going to want local garages, restaurants, and some long haul transport options such as airports or train stations – if you can’t easily get in and out of your home area, you’re not going to like living there very much!

Then, you’re going to want some green and natural spaces nearby, and a park to visit at the least. Having something with fresh air and calm, quiet sights to indulge in is the mark of a good property area to move into. And if you’ve got children on your hands, you’re going to want a convenience store or corner shop nearby your house, to make sure they can always run down for some candy or other sweet treats when you allow them to.

Will Your Kids Like the Place?

Speaking of children, your kids are a huge part of your life, and without them you wouldn’t be half the person you are today. And because of that, you need to take them, and their likes and dislikes, into account before settling on a new home. Moving house is a tough time for adults, think what it’s going to be like on children’s limited life experience and low tolerance levels.

You’re going to want them to fall in love with their new home as much as you have, so you’re going to need to keep the pot sweet. You’re going to need to show them a huge back garden to run around in, a room of their own (or at least a big room they can share), and a school that’s friendly enough for them to take some interest in. And if the area you’re planning to move to has limited school options, it might not be the best new home for you and your family as well.

Do you like the look of the neighbors? Do they have children of roughly similar ages your kids can become friends with? You want your kids to be able to set down as many roots as you can, and if there’s no playpark, community center, or local clubs for them to join in with, it might not be the best new home for them.

And Finally, Are You Completely Sure?

If you’re going to move to a new home, you need to be completely sure. Maybe your old area was unsuitable for you, and there was no way of fixing that; therefore you move and never look back! But if you don’t have this situation, you might want to rethink your plan.

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