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Choosing the right location for your new home

Metta Stockman


When looking for a new home it really is all about location, location, location!

Finding your new home can seem like a daunting task and there is a lot to consider when taking this step, particularly if you are a first-time buyer or if you have not moved home in a long time.

Choosing to narrow down your search area can help you to focus on what is important to you and help you to shape your wish list.

So where do you start when searching for your next home?



Your lifestyle is a key consideration when selecting the location of your new home. Consider what is important to you in terms of your daily life and hobbies. Would you prefer a central location or is living by the coast more your style? Are green spaces top of your list so you can enjoy walks, running or cycling?


Family life

If you have a family or are planning to in the future, consider how family-friendly the location is. School catchment and performance data is readily available but consider how you might travel in and out of the area and to any schools or nurseries. Think about whether there are good parks and green spaces and also the availability.


Transport options

Consider which transport links are available in your chosen area and what alternatives are available should this be necessary. If you are moving out of Dundee, think about your commute.


Local amenities

Key local amenities to look out for in your search will be linked to your lifestyle, hobbies and of course your family and job. We also recommend including supermarkets, a doctor and dental surgery and some green space on your list as a starting point.


Time is of the essence

It is a good idea to arrange a discussion with a mortgage broker to understand what you can afford to pay for a property before beginning your search. This can also inform your search area and your local agent can advise on the latest sale prices in each area.

We would also encourage you to instruct a solicitor to deal with the compliance requirements, allowing them to move quickly when you find the right property. There is a lot to consider when looking for your next home. Taking some time to jot down a few ideas on what you are looking for (must haves) and what you might be willing to compromise on (nice to haves) can really help to focus the search and find a home that is right for you.