Moving house is one of life’s big decisions and one that most of us will only make a handful of times. Whether you’re a first-time buyer, are moving to accommodate a growing family or maybe downsizing to something more manageable, choosing the next place to call home is an exciting prospect.

To help ensure that everything goes as smoothly as possible, CALA has put together this handy guide with five tops tips for planning your next move.

While most of us move relatively close to home, if you’re looking to buy further afield then it’s worth researching your chosen location carefully. 

Make sure it suits your priorities and lifestyle, whether that be good schools, public transport links, pubs and restaurants close by or outdoor leisure on your doorstep.

Join local Facebook groups to get a good feel for a local community and you could even ask questions of existing residents on forums who know the area best. It’s also worth checking property prices via websites such as, as sometimes shifting your search criteria by just a couple of miles can get you much more for your money.

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