How Do I Decide Where to Live?

How Do I Decide Where to Live?

There are different reasons you may not be quite sure where you want to live. It could be that you’re moving jobs and you don’t know the area. It could be that you’re looking for the perfect place to settle down. Or, maybe you’re in need of a change for any other reason!

If you are trying to decide where to live, then Stacks can help!

How Do I Decide Where to Live?

Deciding to make a bigger move to a new patch can be daunting. If you are not sure where you should move to just yet, there may be wider concerns to be addressed first. 

When deciding where you want to live, there may be some factors which you may wish to consider;

  1. House prices and affordability
  2. Commute time
  3. Local schools
  4. Public transport links
  5. Community aspects
  6. Amenities
  7. Local behaviour

All of the above will be considered when you work with Stacks to help you find your perfect place to live.

Stacks Helping you Decide Where to Live

Before taking the plunge and looking at properties in various areas, there are some aspects of our overall property finding service that may help firm up your brief and help you decide where to live.

These following can be arranged before fully retaining us and can help you to decide where to live.

  • Initial Consultation
  • Orientation Day
  • School Viewing Day
  • Living In …. Report
  • Planning for Post Completion
  • Project Management

Using our Knowledge to Help you

We use our knowledge to help you decide where to live.

Initial Consultation

Stacks’ breadth of coverage means that we know an awful lot about many areas which we can use to help you decide where to live. Our 30+ years of experience in happily matching people with homes in the right areas for them means we can provide an Initial Consultation to discuss the very basics of your decision to relocate. This  can be invaluable in establishing your search parameters and chosen destination.

Within the initial consultation we will be considering various factors to help you decide where to live, for example;

House prices and affordability – we can discuss your budget and let you know the type of property you could expect to purchase in different areas. This may sway your decision

Commute time – it could be that you’re looking at a certain mile radius of your work. Because we know the areas, we can give you a more accurate commute time from different locations to where you are going and what the rush hour can add to various roads.

Orientation Day

It may be that an Orientation day, out in the car with the Regional Director, will help you understand an area in more depth, and help you refine your Wishlist realistically within your budget.

School Viewing Day

If schools are a priority, our partner The Good Schools Guide can provide excellent personalised help for you and your children in choosing a school, however you may just prefer to have a School Viewing Day accompanied by us to visit specific private or state schools to help narrow your area of search.

Living In Report

As a natural part of our service, we will compile information on the amenities in your new area such as childcare, fitness classes, hobbies and activities, church communities, and of course practical information on doctors, dentists and the daily commute.  If this is of help prior to your search we can provide this as an informative “Living in ….” Report. For every occasion, this is created afresh, specifically for you and your family’s interests and requirements. This can be a big factor in deciding where to live, if you’re moving from a small town to a big city or vice-versa, the new offerings may alter your location choice.

Planning for Post Completion

Often, a daunting part of the process is the practicalities of actually moving home, perhaps for the first time in years.  We can assist in all aspects of this. We have a large directory of tried and tested local tradesmen and suppliers who will make this all easier for you.  

One of our more innovative services was to move beehives between properties, but it doesn’t have to be that exotic! Planning for Post-completion help is a flexible feast, but could include removal companies, storage companies, architects, builders,  interior designers, cleaners, etc.  Stacks can screen, appoint or supervise these services as required by you, and of course, attendance on completion day to retrieve the keys, check the property condition, take meter readings etc is all part of the service.

Project Management

Some clients require Project Management for works to their new property, and this is also something that we can undertake and is priced accordingly.

The Stacks Full Package is genuinely bespoke and will include a myriad of individual items not listed here, however all of these service strands can be selected compartmentally if you prefer.

Why choose Stacks as your buying agent?

Not only do we offer great service, we also have a great track record and are recognised as the experts in the market.


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“You showed fantastic attention to detail, anticipated all eventualities, and provided timely and practical help and guidance every step of the way.  Above all, you supported me in making my own considered decisions, and I am so grateful to you for all your help in getting me to where I am now!”

“We firmly believe that without Rachel and her skilled negotiation we would not have secured the property.”

“We felt they genuinely wanted to help.”

“Stacks’ performance on this assignment has been absolutely outstanding and more than met my expectations. Her understanding of the brief and the ‘after-find’ service set a standard of professionalism that I have not met before.”

“It is not often that one is pleased to part with money but I can truthfully say that I am on this occasion. You have earned every penny of this cheque and what is more, you have done it with great courtesy and good humour. It has been very pleasant working with you. You really did take most of the stress out of our house hunting.”

“Encouraging me to think creatively about what could work for me.”

“Finding a plot not yet on the market and persuading the developer to enter into an exclusive contract with me to build to my specification.

“I was impressed by the efficient, kind and courteous service provided by Stacks”

“Stacks were a tremendous help and we would never have found our home without them. She is a lovely person with a great sense of humour which was essential during some of our tricky negotiations

“You gave a much-valued ‘younger’ perspective on our situation, which was a real asset”

“We found the service extremely helpful and professional at all times”

“I have been delighted with the service I have received from Stacks and will not hesitate to recommend Stacks in the future.”

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