Over the course of the year we have seen more househunters come to us looking for properties with an additional bedroom or study so they can work from home more comfortably. We’ve also seen a rise in the importance of outside spaces such as patios, balconies and gardens.
Our needs and wants when it comes to property are changing as we recognise that our homes – both their location and the physical property itself – influence almost every part of our lives, from how often we sleep to how safe we feel and how much we see our friends.
It makes sense that if you want to improve your health and wellbeing, there is no more important place to start than our homes.
So, what should you consider if you want a home that could benefit your physical and mental health and wellbeing?
The list will differ from person to person and family to family but some things you may wish to consider when house-hunting include:
- Good outside space – the choice that comes with outside space cannot be underestimated. From the installation of summer houses and garden bars to future kitchen extensions, or the simple pleasures of a cup of tea on the patio in the morning, growing vegetables or playing football with the kids at weekends, outside space can add a lot to your life.
- Proximity to local parks, lakes and other beauty spots or walks to clear your head and take some time out just for you.
- Dedicated areas for working and relaxing. Perhaps even a garage you can turn into a home gym.
- Low noise levels to promote rest and relaxation.
- Connectivity – from internet connection and phone coverage to bus and rail links and road networks.
- If a sense of community is important to you, move to a tight knit area with plenty of activities, like a small town or village.
- Proximity to family and friends.
- Crime rates – Moving to a low crime area can make you feel safe and secure.
- Close to medical facilities, shops and other amenities.
- Good air quality and ventilation.
- Parking – dedicated parking spaces can reduce stress.
All this, of course, comes at a price so, whatever you do, don’t forget to factor in affordability. You may find a home to rent or buy that has lots of features to boost your health and wellbeing but if you struggle to afford it in the first place it is likely to have a detrimental impact on you.
Living where you can afford to be gives you a stable base where you can put down roots and feel a sense of calm.
A home is more than just a roof over your head. It is where we grow and flourish and a sanctuary from the outside world, so make sure you consider carefully what you need from your home to be healthy and happy.
If you would like some help with finding your next home, give us a call on 01536 261666 today.