After spending the majority of the last year at home, we’ve all taken a long look at our homes and realised just how important they are. It’s not just the actual property either. It’s the area we live in that has been under examination and our one daily walk has encouraged us to really appreciate the great outdoors.
With so many people working from home, living within commuting distance seems less important now. Many companies have changed their working practices for good and there appears to have been a mass exodus from big cities and commuting towns. There is a trend towards purchasing homes in more rural areas, as research showed that Londoners purchased almost 74,000 homes outside London last year, the highest figure in four years.
Coastal and country living
The property website RightMove has reported a village near Truro in the beautiful county of Cornwall became the most searched area in February 2021, up over 200% compared to the same time last year.
It’s not hard to see the appeal. Truro is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, so not only is it picturesque but the location remains protected. With coastal scenery and stunning countryside, Cornwall makes an idyllic retreat from a busy city. Both Cornwall and neighbouring county Devon have some of the lowest rates of crime in the UK, an important factor to most when considering what is important when looking at new places to live.
Areas such as Norfolk, East Sussex and the Isle of Skye – all scenic locations – have also seen increased interest and the city of Norwich in Norfolk was named ‘best in the east’ in the Telegraph’s Best Places to live 2020. The historic city of Norwich is an eco-friendly city, with many residents cycling or walking to work, and the city is surrounded by beautiful countryside, which offers a great balance for residents.
Considerations when moving
It’s easy to fantasise about relocating to an idyllic location but any move needs to be given very serious consideration. Think carefully about your long-term plans and future work and home-life balance after the lockdown restrictions are lifted. Also, before taking the plunge to move, do ensure you take into account all of the associated costs of moving.
Although the stamp duty holiday is extended until June, purchases after will be subject to the usual stamp duty charges. You’ll also want to get conveyancing quotes and removals quotes. Always ensure you are approaching trusted, recommended conveyancers for your conveyancing quotes, as this process is particularly important in ensuring an efficient and smooth transaction.
It is clear that the change in working routines and general living has fuelled our interest in exploring alternative regions and alternative lifestyles. For many it has been the impetus they needed to make a change and move to one of the many beautiful areas the UK has to offer, which can offer a high standard of living.