No matter how plush the pad, location counts. You can't move a home to another spot, but you can do it up.
A top tip when buying a house or flat in Sheffield is to check out the neighbourhood. Martin Lewis of MoneySavingExpert recently mentioned this in a top tip list, mentioning how important the neighbourhood is when buying, 'No matter how plush the pad, location counts. You can't move a home to another spot, but you can do it up. So prowl the neighbourhood on foot, hunting for clues. Visit the parks and pubs at different times of day. Are cars clean and well-maintained? Do you like the local shops? Are walls scrawled with graffiti?'
Belvoir! Sheffield provide Houses for Sale and flats for sale in Sheffield, but Sheffield is a large place with many differing neighbourhoods across the city. Hence it is equally important to make sure you check out the particular area of Sheffield a property is located in. As MoneySavingExpert say, 'Get the lowdown from locals and ask a local bobby or Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinator. If you're a total newcomer, stay in a local bed and breakfast to get a real feel for the area.'
Police crime-mapping websites show local hotspots and break down recorded crimes such as burglary and anti-social behaviour. Elsewhere, there's free information on school league tables and even noise level checks. If you are from further afield look at the whole South Yorkshire region to get a feel for the wider area, then look at what Sheffield has to offer (lots and lots), and then straight down to your neighbourhood, be that Sheffield S1, or one of the Sheffield suburbs such as Hillsborough, Crookes, Heeley, Nether Edge or Sheffield City Centre.
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Taken from: http://www.moneysavingexpert.com/mortgages/house-buying-guide