In This Guide

Choosing an area

   1. Introduction

   2. Transport

   3. Crime

   4. Amenities

   5. Landscape

   6. Neighbours

   7. Check it out

Getting in

Leaving

Lettings agents

Living

Looking for property

Renting introduction

Tenancy agreements

Viewing property

Choosing an area

Introduction

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In case you have read the section on buying property and are wondering why there is a large amount of repetition in this section, it's because may of the factors that influence the decision of where to buy a property can also be relevant to those wishing to rent.

Some people have a very clear idea of where they want to live. They may be moving near to or in with friends or relatives, moving to a bigger or smaller home near to where they already live, or maybe moving to be close to work. Having a fixed area that you want to live in is great if there are suitable properties for rent in your price bracket. But if your tastes or needs are unusual, or there simply aren't many suitable proeprties available, your lack of flexibility could become frustrating. Either way, it certainly removes one of the major early activities in the househunting process - deciding where you want to live.

For those that are able to be flexible, the right choice of area can make the difference between happiness and horror, so think carefully about what you want from an area and why. The more time you spend in defining where you want to live, the easier it will be to focus your search, especially if there are quite a few potentially suitable areas.

Make a checklist of all the factors that are important to you and then try to prioritise them. Spend a little time researching how some different areas square up under your most important headings. Either follow the arrow at the foot of the page or haphazardly click the headings at the top and you should gradually build a picture of where you want to live.

You can also use the Move Services section of The Move Channel SiteFinder to find different websites that can help you understand more about the areas you are considering moving to.

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