Choosing a home for your family
June 2, 2017
The decision has been taken: you and your family are moving abroad. Now the preparation period starts and it is time to make important decisions, from the date of the move to where exactly you are going to live.
Choosing the right home is key for a family's well-being. Choosing the right neighbourhood can make a huge difference towards smoothing your settling-in process in your new surroundings. But how do you know what matter the most when you relocate with your family to a potentially unfamiliar country?
Over the years, we have helped families from all continents to choose their right home for their needs. These are our top things to consider when one is choosing a new home abroad:
Many expats choose their future homes before they have arrived in the country. This is not necessarily an inconvenience, but it does mean that one needs to do a bit more of research. Your available income in the new country will depend on many factors, from local taxes to your lifestyle. Are you familiar with the local taxes? Have you compared the cost of living with your home country? What activities are you planning to do in your leisure time? And what will your children do?
Considering all these before starting the home search will help you set a realistic budget for your future home.
Location rarely gets overlooked when people look for a new home. However, the list of things to consider is never-ending. Here just a few key points to check:
- Is it convenient for work?
- Can my children easily go to school and to other extra-curricular activities – is there public transport nearby or a school bus route?
- Are there shops and other amenities within a reasonable distance?
- Is it a quiet and family-friendly area?
You think you have chosen the ideal area for your family… but what if there are no flats available or no homes within your budget? Sometimes, it might take several weeks or more to find the right place. Depending on your destination city, the demand and offer of homes can vary significantly, so it is worth considering alternative neighbourhoods and not to restrict your search to only one.
If you have pets, include them in the process of choosing your new home. If you are looking for an apartment, is it big enough? Is it well protected so there is no risk of your pet escaping? Are there convenient green areas and parks nearby for the daily walks?
Some landlords might be reluctant to allow pets, so it is important to always ask during the visits if pets are allowed and if so, if there are any particular rules to consider.