What are the top priorities for moving house?
A recent survey of 2,000 people reveals the top 50 things that are considered when relocating, so what is it that makes home security a shocking 43rd place? It appears that people are more concerned about how often the busses run or about friendly neighbours rather than if the house is likely to be broken into or safe to leave alone all day.
The big number one concern and priority is parking – whether there is any parking available outside the property or whether it’s likely to be a first-come first-served basis. Number two is a some-what boring but still good to know factor – what the council tax banding is.
But what makes home security less of a worry? The security of your home and family should be of greatest importance and if anything should influence your relocation. Shocking once settled into a new home, 70% of people don’t bother to install a burglar alarm, so it’s no wonder that home security is so far down the list. Thankfully, people do somewhat care about the local crimerate though, as it just makes it within the top 10.
People also showed more concern over what supermarkets were nearby and how much they would rather decorate than their home security. Would you really worry more about whether you can pick up a loaf of bread from Sainsbury’s on the way home from work, moreso than whether or not your belongings are still even within your home upon your return?
So why not take a look at the 50 moving priorities and let us know what your priorities are!
- If parking outside is going to be easy
- The council tax banding
- How much it would cost you in total
- How noisy the neighbours are
- How recently the boiler was fitted
- What the local crime rates are like
- Where the nearest supermarket is
- What the neighbours are like
- Do the radiators work properly?
- Whether there are local regular buses
- Broadband speed
- Proximity to the nearest doctors’ surgery
- Is the home energy efficient?
- How far away my friends I’d live
- What types of supermarkets are nearby
- How long / short the new commute will be
- How much decorating I’d have to do before the house felt like your own
- What the removal costs would be
- How far away from mum and dad I’d live
- Changing my address on everything
- Whether I could fit all of my belongings in the new house
- Will there be enough plug sockets (and where you need them)
- Whether the property is close enough for existing friends to still visit
- Whether the immediate neighbours have young children who are likely to scream
- Whether the carpets will need replacing straight away
- Is there enough space for a dishwasher?
- The ‘class’ of the neighbours
- Whether the sofa will fit through the patio doors / front door
- How good the phone reception is
- Whether there are large imposing trees overlooking the property
- If my current furniture will look good in the new house
- Switching all the utility suppliers
- If the garden is a suitable size for the dog to run around in
- How much the building insurance would be
- Proximity to the nearest primary / secondary schools
- How much I’d have to clean before moving in
- Whether there is a utility room or somewhere to put the laundry
- Whether we can get a king sized bed
- How easy it’ll be to get the bins out
- Whether the neighbours can see me if I sunbathe in the garden
- Whether there is an en-suite bathroom
- Whether street lights are going to shine in my bedroom window
- Whether the home security is up to scratch
- Who should have which bedroom
- Whether there are children in the local area
- Whether there is a room large enough to host a house party
- What colour to paint the lounge
- Whether your existing curtains would fit the new windows
- Whether I can easily wash the car near the house
- What colour to paint the kitchen