Thursday, 11 February 2016

Top three reasons to relocate

My kids are my number one priority, and recently I’ve been thinking about what I’d do if our circumstances changed and we needed to move to another area. I love the part of Wales that we call home, and so do the boys, but there are a lot of positives to be found in many parts of the UK.

Below are just the top three reasons I would have for moving on…

1. A better future for my family

Like I said, my two boys mean the world to me, so I would only upset their routine for a very good reason. Moving to a more affluent area with better schools and better opportunities for them is something that I think crosses the mind of every parent. Am I doing all I can to give them the best chance in life?

Many people relocate from the city to the country for that very reason, thinking that the fresh air and open spaces will do them good, which is another reason I’m so thankful to live where I do. If that changed though, I’d seriously consider moving for their wellbeing.

2. A bigger place for your growing family

This is another crux of reality when you have a family to take care of. Money management will always be the bane of every mummy; how to make things stretch, how to afford a spectacular seventh birthday party for my demanding son, when to start planning for holidays - the list is never-ending.

One of the huge benefits of relocating is that you can get so much more for your money in other areas these days. For the cost of a studio apartment in London, you can get a three-bedroomed detached house in Manchester. As long as you keep your sites open, there are a lot more opportunities for people looking for a larger house for their growing family (or their plans for one).

Speaking to an estate agent in the area you’re considering is a great first step, as they can give you very specific advice on the what you’d get for your budget. If you’re tempted by the northern prices, Linley and Simpson even give you tips for selling your home.

3. Your priorities change

Given my blogging profession, I can sympathise with this one. If you decided to set up a home business, you’ll likely find yourself needing more indoor space. It could be an office, an art studio or your Etsy workshop, but if your priorities change you’ll need your home to evolve if you want less stress and more room to spread out.

Last year, 57.09% of moves in the UK were to two and three-bedroomed homes, so people certainly seem to need that extra room. It may be a totally different priority, like needing an extra room for an elderly member of the family, but relocating somewhere that you can get that room for cheaper can make all the difference to your lifestyle.

I hope these reasons have given you guys something to think about. Do you have any relocation tips?

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