1. Local amenities
Moving to a rambling country farmhouse may seem like a great adventure, but if you’re used to living in a town or city, don’t underestimate the inconvenience of having to drive three miles to pick up a pint of milk. Check out the local amenities – is there a nearby shop, pub, gym, or post office? Where is the closest hospital or doctor’s surgery? Does the area have broadband? If you have school-age children, what is the best school and are there family-friendly facilities nearby? If you have your eye on a particular school, make sure you limit your search to properties within the school’s catchment area.
2. Environmental issues
If an area seems to be particularly good value for money, do your homework about any potential environmental hazards that might negatively affect your quality of life. Some parts of Cornwall are prone to flooding in heavy rain, and coastal erosion is also a problematic issue. Some areas have high levels of radon – a naturally occurring radioactive gas that can increase the risk of various health problems. Websites such as Homecheck can advise you whether the area you are looking at is at risk from any of these types of environmental issues.
3. Future development
Nothing is more frustrating than moving to a beautiful area only to discover it is about to become home to an enormous sewage treatment plant. Conversely, infrastructure such as public transport, schools, hospitals, and shopping amenities can increase property values in an area, so moving somewhere that is on the brink of redevelopment may benefit you financially in the long term. Contact the local council to see if there are any local planning applications in the vicinity that may affect your decision to buy.
Overall, Cornwall has very low crime rates, but some areas are better than others. Websites such as www.streetcheck.co.uk and www.police.co.uk will give you an overview of how safe a neighbourhood is and what types of issues you might expect there. The local newspaper is also a good source of information for learning about relevant issues such as proposed redevelopment plans, antisocial behaviour, or parking restrictions.
5. Long-term potential
Moving is expensive and you probably want to avoid doing it multiple times over the next few years. Before you relocate, consider the long-term potential of the area you are looking at. What are the employment opportunities like? Are house prices likely to increase in value? Are there adequate public transportation links if you need to give up driving? Spend as much time as possible in the area you are interested in to make sure you will be happy living there before you commit.
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