If you are looking at moving home in Hull, finding that dream property will involve you finding the perfect location to match. Through our experience speaking to customers as a mortgage broker in Hull, we find there are certain aspects they look out for when finding the best place in Hull for them.
Location can be a key aspect in the property hunting journey as, for many, this may be looking for their ‘forever home’. This all comes down to your preferences though. You may be looking at living in a busy and thriving ‘big city’ atmosphere. On the other hand, you may prefer to be nestled in a peaceful, rural landscape that is surrounded by nature. Each option comes with their own pros and cons and it all comes down to what you are looking for.
When deciding on a location, transport links can be a massive factor. It’s best to think about how your regular commutes to work would look and what you would like to do regularly in your free time. For example, shopping in the city centre or being in nature and going on walks. Whatever this may be for you, it’s best to know the variety of transport links on offer as well as the costs for these.
In the situation where you have children or are planning on having any at some point in the future, researching into the school in and around the area can be important. Look into which schools are within the catchment area of the property along with what the schools are like.
To get a general idea of the reputation each school has, there are school league tables online that display this and provide further information on the leading schools within your area.
Looking into the facilities within the area that you may need or desire can be a huge benefit. In most cases, you may find a property which some but not all the amenities you are looking for which is why it’s best to list your wants and needs. This helps you decipher what facilities are more important compared to others. For example, the location may not have a gym which you were wanting but it has a supermarket within walking distance.
The majority of people prefer having a shop on their route home from work and some may like to have a gym on their route home from work. For those with children, some would like having a park nearby.
We do find that homebuyers would like to have friends and family within a short distance of them. This is so they have peace of mind knowing there is support close by for them to reach out to. On the flip side, this may not be at the top of your list and may prefer peace and quiet instead of socialising regularly.
Looking for a property that is ‘good value for money’ can all come down to the area you’re looking at. Each region has their own areas that are more expensive than the others. Therefore, it’s good to look at areas with properties that are a little cheaper which may mean you will need to dismiss some of those desired factors.
The local community can play a huge part in what living in an area is like. This can especially be the case if you are new to the area and are looking for a close knit group nearby. Therefore, speak to your estate or research what the community is like there.
We do recommend finding out if an area has a community Facebook group or a dedicated local website where you can find news and activities going on in the community. This factor may not be key for you and if you would prefer to live in a quiet area, it could be good to look into the overall reputation of the area.
Changing locations may be due to starting a new job or a career change. With this in mind, you should think about how far the property is from your place of work. In some cases, people start job hunting after they have moved home. If this is your situation, research the main employers in the area and what type of work they offer.
When it comes to the types of properties, there is a variety on the market for a range of home buyers. Your dream home may be an end-terrace with a wonderful garden or may be looking for a inner-city apartment that provides a modern feel. Explore the variety of options available to you to find your dream home.
Future investment within the local area can be goo to know if you’re looking for a property you will be in for the foreseeable future. You can find this out online and see what type of developments are happening in the local area and can help you decide if this is the best location for you. Line these developments with your lifestyle to see if it will benefit you. For instance, if you are looking for a rural area with a peaceful atmosphere but one area is planning on building a new housing development, would this make or break your living experience?
If you are looking at a location within or surrounding Hull, contact our team to speak with a mortgage advisor in Hull. For areas around Hull, you may benefit from speaking to a mortgage broker in Hedon, a mortgage broker in Kirk Ella, a mortgage broker in Brough or any of the other surrounding areas as they can help you explore your options too.
Lat Edited: 25/01/2023