Hertfordshire is an exceptionally popular county, largely thanks to its proximity to London, beautiful countryside and ancient woodlands. The county’s excellent rail links to the capital mean it’s popular with commuters, though business is booming throughout the county, making it attractive to people who prefer to work nearer to home. Good road and transport links to the rest of the country make it an attractive base for people who need to travel to all parts of Britain. And holiday makers and European business travellers alike are never more than an hour’s drive from Stansted Airport.
If you are moving house in Hertfordshire, here are our top tips of what you need to consider when choosing the best location for you.
Your budget is going to play a major role in where you can afford to move to. There are massive variations in prices according to the town or city you’re looking at. Nigel Adams of Big Black Hen, an estate agent in Welwyn Garden City, said that houses in that town tend to be at the lower end – under half a million. “As a garden city with good transport links and schools, it’s becoming very popular with people escaping the rising prices and crowding in London. It especially appeals to young couples moving out of London to start a family. Over the last three years, prices have been rising at around 10% a year and it’s showing no signs of slowing down.”
Another popular area of the county is Hoddesdon. Enzo Giardina of Via Properties had been concerned about the market in the wake of the Brexit vote, but is now quite optimistic. “The property market in Hoddesdon appears to be unfazed following the aftermath of Brexit. House prices remain stable, with the average agreed sale price similar to last summer. The fundamentals of our market continue and demand outweighing supply is underpinning the property market. We expect this to continue and the property market to remain resilient because buyers are fully aware of the scarcity of suitable property and so continue to commit. And with mortgage rates at favourable levels, we envisage investors returning to the property market as some of the alternative markets such as pensions, the stock market etc remain uncertain places to invest.”
Every parent wants the best possible education for their children so it’s vital that you check out how well they’re doing before committing yourself to moving to the area.
Hertfordshire is full of things to do – shopping, entertainment, tourism, countryside – but if you like being on the go, check out what’s on your doorstep to make sure it fits in with your lifestyle, or make sure that the amenities you’ll use most are easy to get to.
Once you’ve decided on the best town or city to move into and found a house you like the look of, it’s worth checking out safety of the neighbourhood first. It’s also a good idea to check out the neighbours – talk to them if you can and ask what they think of the neighbourhood. If you’re worried about noise or nuisance, go back at different times of the day and night to make sure you’re happy.
If you’re moving into, or within, Hertfordshire, hire a local removals company with a great knowledge of the area to help you.
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