It turns out that Kirstie and Phil have been right all this time — location really does matter. At least, that’s what the results of our latest poll told us!
We asked the question; ‘what’s the most important factor to you when buying a home?’. It didn’t really come as much surprise that location came out on top, with 55% of you choosing this option.
‘Quality of the finish’ came second at 25%, ‘space’ was third at 20% and ‘school catchment area’ limped in at last position, with zero of the votes.
Lots of articles and agents offer the same advice to purchasers — ‘buy in the best street that you can afford’. But, being in a great location isn’t just about having a pretty hedge or picket fence.
There are many things to consider about an area, to ensure that once you’ve made your decision, you’ll be happy living there — especially if you plan to stay for a long time.
Firstly, it’s important to think about whether an area is accessible from rail and road. For example, do you commute to work or often visit new places? A poor, unreliable train service (if there even is one), can be very frustrating!
Then, look at local amenities. For many people, being close to a thriving village, town or city centre is crucial, so an area where they can easily walk to shops, restaurants and bars is a must.
Closely tied to location is a home’s position — is it on a valley-side that only gets sun in the morning? Or does it have a south-facing garden that catches the rays all day? This is a point often overlooked by house-buyers, but needs some consideration. After all, who wants an outdoor space that is shrouded in shadow for most of the day?
And, finally, while school catchment didn’t get any of the votes in our poll, we know it’s something many of you do rank highly.
So, if you find yourself nodding in agreement with this blog, and are looking for a new house in Huddersfield, then you might want to consider viewing our Empire Works development.
It’s in an excellent position, just a 5-minute walk from Slaithwaite’s rail station, which has hourly trains to and from Leeds and Manchester. Plus, the M62 is a 15-minute drive away, which connects Liverpool and Hull via Manchester and Leeds.
And take a look at our guide to Slaithwaite — it’s filled to the brim with ideas of places to eat, drink and visit in this beautiful village!
Get in touch if you would like to arrange a viewing, or pop along to our show home on a weekend 10am-4pm.
Howgate Road, Slaithwaite, Huddersfield, HD7 5AY