Relocation Questions – What to Consider

Thursday 29th June 2017

East Anglia is consistently voted one of the best places to live in the UK. Offering beautiful countryside, great beaches and exciting towns and cities, the region is one of the most vibrant in the country.

If you’re currently considering a move east but can’t make your mind up on where to relocate to, here are a few things to consider before you begin your search.

Town, city or village

Deciding where you’re going to focus your search is the first challenge you’ll face when relocating to Norfolk of Suffolk. Make your search easier by deciding whether you want to live in one of the region’s vibrant cities, one of its bustling towns or one of its idyllic villages.

The choice you make will depend on the type of life you want to live when you move, the type of property you’re looking for and your personal preferences. If you want to be close to cultural institutions, a choice of restaurants, independent shops and amenities, one of the cities or larger towns in the area would suit you perfectly.

A lot of the younger people moving to East Anglia opt for properties in Norwich. One of the most exciting cities in the UK, it’s home to a number of creative industries as well as a fantastic choice of entertainment spaces. If you’re moving to the area to retire, or if you’re looking for a more peaceful way of life, a village or small town could be the perfect choice. Welcoming, full of character and picturesque, these small communities could make the ideal base for your new life in the east.

Countryside or coastal

Norfolk and Suffolk are both home to some beautiful coastal and inland areas. When beginning your search it’s a good idea to decide whether you want to be near the sea or in the heart of the area’s fields and woodland. Inland areas offer multiple walking and cycling routes, easy access to other parts of the UK and stunning countryside. What’s more, they’re less likely to be visited by tourists during the summer season and are mostly within easy reach of coastal areas.

Communities near the beach can be very busy during the summer months and quieter in winter. Occasionally remote, these areas are ideal if you want to spend your days gazing out at the expansive North Sea, walking blustery coastal paths and exploring the regions coves, beaches and inlets.

Transport links

If you have family in other parts of the UK, or plan to work outside of East Anglia even after your move, it’s important to consider the transport links available in the area. In general, Norfolk and Suffolk are well connected by road and by rail. There are train stations dotted throughout the region and main roads link many of the area’s towns and cities. In more rural areas however, public transport can be less frequent and roads smaller and slower. Think carefully about commuting times before you commit to buying a property.

To find out more about purchasing homes in Norfolk and Suffolk, explore our site or contact a member of our team.

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