Moving to a new country might seem daunting, but when it comes to starting a new life in Wales people from other parts of the UK can get settled in easily enough. If you are looking for a change of scenery, here are some reasons why you should take a look at Wales.
Get Better Value for Money
In general terms, homes in Wales tend to be more affordable than the UK average. At the start of 2021, the average price of a property in Wales was £185,00 following an 11% annual increase. In England, the average rose by 10.2% to £275,000. While prices are lower in Scotland and Northern Ireland, Welsh house prices are well below the UK average right now.
For some people, this could mean that it is the perfect place to buy their first house. For others, it could be the opportunity to buy a bigger property than they could afford elsewhere. It could also mean that extra funds are available to modify or decorate the property exactly the way that the new owners want it to be.
However, houses in Wales might not remain among the best value options in the UK forever. This affordability has helped give Wales the UK’s biggest price increase in the last year, with a recent report pointing out that many properties are sold within hours after receiving dozens of offers.
More Space for Living and for a Home Office
An important issue in the housing market right now is that home-seekers can spread their wings and look further afield thanks to the latest technology that lets them work from home. Of course, for many people, it makes sense to look for a better property where they can live comfortably and have a decent home office.
There are no rules for how big your home office has to be, but this guide to setting up a home office gives some ideas for using different parts of the house in this way. The bigger and more spacious a property, the easier it should be to find the ideal location where you can work peacefully and in comfort.
If you plan to sell your home in another part of the UK to fund your move, it’s crucial to get the best valuation possible. There are tools available that highlight important details that will give you personalised information on house prices in your area and market trends, as well as other useful details of the current property market. Naturally, locations matter and this detail will influence how long it can take to sell your house. For example, the average time to sell a house in Cardiff is around 11 weeks. Beyond that, the number of bedrooms can impact your turnaround time too, with three-bedroom houses selling the quickest. Some of these are factors you won’t be able to control, but you’re still looking at a housing market where the average selling period is just 18 weeks.
The Natural Beauty
Making the decision to move elsewhere and start a new life can’t come down purely to financial reasons, though. Another factor to consider is that Wales is a country that is packed with natural beauty and things to do.
20% of Wales is made up of the three stunning National Parks – Snowdonia, Pembrokeshire Coast and Brecon Beacons. These natural reserves are perfect for hiking, cycling, diving, fishing or just getting close to nature whenever you feel the need.
Whatever you want to gain in your lifestyle and finances when moving home, the idea of moving to Wales is well worth looking into.