Buying Guide

Setting up home

We often move home at some of the most significant stages of our lives.

Perhaps it is when you finally leave mum and dad to go it alone, or a happy event or two have – in a twinkling of an eye – suddenly turned you grown up parents yourselves looking for much-needed extra space. Or, with children grown and flown the nest, it is finally time to say goodbye to a much-loved home packed with memories.

It is a time to move on – literally as well as symbolically – and there is anticipation as well as the opportunity to discover a new phase of life. As a result, one of the most important things you can do is to see as many properties time allows - then take the time to think through which one really does best suit your needs.

If it is your first home, is it important that your stylish pad is also somewhere to entertain friends, and is there a supermarket or convenience store on the route home so you can always grab some milk and other essentials? If you have small children, how are the houses set in their surroundings? Many new developments now give close attention to the design of outside space to provide areas where children can play safely away from traffic as well as reassuringly being overlooked by several houses.

Newly single whether from divorce or the loss of a loved one? One of the new ‘village’ developments may be the perfect solution. With their carefully designed pathways so you encounter neighbours, and often featuring facilities from shops to community centres, they are the ideal place to combine all the advantages of a low-maintenance new home with all the benefits of a real sense of community.

Or perhaps this is a second home and you are looking forward to following the sun in winter whilst keeping a base in the UK that you can lock-up-and-leave to you enjoy your freedom with complete peace of mind - think about small-scale apartment or courtyard developments.

New homes offer great choice – indeed many developments offer a range of home styles and sizes from smaller units up to three, four and five bedroom properties with different internal layouts, all on the one site.

The beauty too of new builds is that house builders tend to have a finger on the pulse – and the flexibility - when it comes to changing tastes. Open-plan living and the larger informal space of the family kitchen fast become familiar features of many modern homes as did a study for our web-focused lives. Look out too for new trends like ensuites to second bedrooms appearing in some new homes. It has never been easier to find the right home for the way you want to live. So make that next move - with confidence. The best is yet to come!