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Home Movers Prioritise Public Transport in Location Research

Homeowners increasingly considering budget supermarkets as their most desirable nearby amenity

Homeowners looking to move to a new area are more likely to prioritise local transport and budget supermarkets above all else in their research

A new survey has found that Britons now consider budget supermarkets more important than schools when deciding where to live.


In the poll by Good Move, 39% of respondents said their most desirable amenity to have near their chosen home is a discount supermarket such as Lidl or Aldi, ranked 2nd overall.


However, just 29% prioritise homes that fall within a particular school catchment area, which ranked just 8th in the survey, whilst scenic views were picked by almost half (44%) of those polled.


Good Move also asked their respondents what they first researched about their new location when planning to move house to a new area.


Over one in five (21%) prioritised local public transport connections as the most important factor when considering where to move, followed by schools (20%), crime rates (17%), amenities (17%), and broadband speeds (11%).


Commenting on the findings, Ross Counsell, Director at Good Move, said: “Everyone has their own priorities when moving house, but it’s interesting to see how the overall patterns are changing.


“Budget supermarkets are definitely growing in popularity, especially among the younger generations, and their presence in a region is now making a place more desirable to live.”


The North of England is increasingly becoming popular with property investors, with the region seeing the largest increase in buy-to-let purchases throughout 2018.

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