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28th September, 2022

City Living: What to Look for in Your New Home

City Living: What to Look for in Your New Home

Since the pandemic, when many people chose to retreat to rural locations, away from the hustle and bustle of the city, you may now be considering moving back and embracing a city lifestyle once again. With a new working-from-home culture thrown into the mix, you may be seeking a little more excitement, and the city is the place to find it. Here are a few things to look for in your new city home.

Proximity to amenities

One of the most attractive qualities of city life is easy access to all your wants and needs. Proximity is an important thing to consider, as prices rise the closer the property is to the city centre. However, if you choose a location too far out, then you will need to consider the monthly expense of your commute to school or work.

Outdoor space

Private outdoor spaces may be few and far between in your chosen city, which is why most city homes make use of rooftop terraces, balconies and nearby parks. If fresh air is a priority for you, then refine your search to properties with gardens or balconies.

Furnishings

With bustling pavements, busy traffic, or even several flights of stairs, it may be a good idea to look for fully furnished or turnkey properties that offer furniture or appliances to minimise your moving efforts.

Low energy costs

Green living is not only trendy, but it is also practical. Most cities will command higher prices for a home in a fabulous location, so it is a good idea to look at ways to cut down on your monthly expenses. Check the listing’s EPC rating and ask your agent for more information on average monthly costs for the property to get a good idea of how much you will need to set aside for your monthly bills.

Community attributes

Finding a home with a strong sense of community can be harder in densely populated areas, but not impossible. Ask your agent about the surrounding area; are there any classes or gyms? Is there a nearby park? Have there been any recent community events? Living in a good community can also be as simple as having friendly and like-minded neighbours nearby.

Longevity potential

Research suggests an average homeowner will typically spend 14 years in their home before moving on. When shopping for a forever home, think beyond your immediate needs and make sure your home can live up to your long-term plans. Are there enough bedrooms for a growing family? Is there adequate outdoor space? Does the location have everything you need within reach? Preparing a checklist will ensure that you and your family won’t have to worry about another move anytime soon.

An updated kitchen

Modern cabinetry and countertops, stainless steel features and up-to-date appliances create a refined aesthetic which will remain hot on the market should you decide to move in the future. Opting for a stunning kitchen is a surefire way to secure a valuable home that will only increase in value over the years, as a great kitchen is a great selling point.

Smart features

Tap into the new age of technology by looking for homes with smart meters and alarm systems. City life is all about embracing modernity and when looking for a home you will notice many properties offering USB outlets and lighting which can be altered through phone apps to optimise easy, fast-paced and comfortable living.

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