Five Reasons Why People are Relocating to Dorset
If you’re thinking of relocating in the near future, then Dorset should be on your list of places to consider. Dorset is now one of the most popular counties for people who are looking for something different. Many ex-Londoners choose one of many quaint villages and market towns as their destination for their next move and new home.
As residents of this beautiful county, the Woods Removals team understands why so many people have chosen to relocate here. To help possible newbies out, we’ve put together some of our favourite things about Dorset. Additionally, we’ll delve into more practical things to consider and take action on before you start packing.
Five Reasons Why People Move to Dorset –
Lots of sunshine – with over three-hundred and fifty more hours of sun than the UK average, Dorset is the place for sun-lovers. It’s a warm and pleasant place to be, especially if you visit the coastal towns.
Excellent restaurants – Dorset has some top-notch places to eat out. The Limestone in West Lulworth is a must for seafood, Yalbury Cottage in Dorchester is you’re looking for fine dining. Lolas Restaurant in Bournemouth serves up some Mediterranean treats; you can get some mouth-watering fish and chips at Nick the Fish in Poole.
Unspoiled beaches – you have the choice of a hundred miles of coastline to find your favourite beach. If you’re looking for golden sandy beaches, head to Bournemouth Sands, Christchurch, and Swanage. For something a bit different, visit Cogden Beach, but you can also take in the scenery of West Wexington Beach, and Abbotsbury Beach is a popular location for fishing.
Lots of entertainment – Dorset has festivals during every season, and most will be back after the lockdown hiatus. Some notable events are the Purbeck Festival, the Sherborne Abbey Music Festival, Christchurch Food and Wine Festival, and the Swanage Jazz Festival. With so many fantastic festivals, you’ll have to note your diary to avoid missing out.
Favourite relocation spots – Dorset consistently ranks highly in various ‘best of’ places to live in the UK. Sherborne is a lesser-known beautiful market town worth checking out. Bournemouth has lots of entertainment and some of the best beaches in Dorset. Christchurch has some beautiful traditional cottages if you’re looking for something more rustic.
Tips on Viewing Properties –
One of the first things we always suggest is to get in contact with at least one estate agent straight away. You can use them to sift out places that don’t match your criteria to avoid wasting time viewing places you wouldn’t like. It’s important to provide them with as much information as possible to make sure they can find a few potential viewings. Please create a list of everything you need in a prospective home, some aspirational features, and then give them a budget. They’ll do a lot of legwork for you, saving you time and effort.
Dorset has some of the most beautiful homes in the UK. That’s why it’s important to be objective when viewing properties. Inspections are one of the easiest ways to get caught out. A general inspection is precisely what it sounds like, and structural issues are unlikely to be spotted during one. If you have doubts, you can request a more thorough report, or at the very least, you can ask the agent to specify the type of inspection.
Sometimes it’s also a good idea to check other sales in the local area. This is how you can work out the actual value of the property you’re viewing. If it’s more expensive than other houses in the same street, you need to understand why. If it’s well below the average, there might be a reason for that. This could link with inspections and any possible issues that the property has.
Cost Comparison to London –
Average house prices will vary depending on where you’re moving to in Dorset, making a direct comparison tricky. Additionally, the same goes for what part of London or other cities you’re relocating from. You can read a few examples of the average house prices for five of Dorset’s favourite towns here from a previous Woods blog. We also provide pointers on travel times and train season ticket prices, so it’s worth a read.
One of our favourite resources for highlighting the cost of living is Numbeo. You can input two locations to get a general overview of expenses. For example – the standard of life in Bournemouth is £3000, but it’s £4942 in London. And while this can only depict the cost of living from a general perspective, it does provide us with an overview of how much cheaper things are in Dorset. Click here to see more data on the above comparison and try some alternative locations.
Undoubtedly, if you’re moving from London, the prices of most services and goods will be lower. However, this won’t apply to all cities, and the capital comes with premium price tags for just about everything. If you live in another big city, try running that through Numbeo and compare it to other towns in Dorset. The only thing we would note is that it’s unlikely you’ll find any stats on smaller villages due to the lack of data.
It also depends on your circumstances, and you’ll have to list things that will directly influence your budget. Some people have additional considerations like private education and healthcare expenses. You’ll need to do some further research by contacting service providers and institutions directly. There’s a lot of information online, but Google does have its limits.
Consider a Fixer-Up Property –
For anyone willing to put in the necessary extra work, a fixer-up project is worth considering. And even in a less populated area like Dorset, there are plenty of places that represent a huge potential to find value for money. The only issue is the workload that you’ll have to put into this. You’ll be managing the project unless you have the funds to outsource every aspect of it.
Even if that is the case, the big decisions and overseeing the organisational side of things will rest on you. It will take dedication, patience, but most of all – time to spare, and an abundance of it. From a positive stance, there’s no better way of finding a bargain than developing a building, and it can be a satisfying undertaking. And if you play your cards right, you stand to save tens of thousands of pounds against a property that’s ready to move into.
To realise this dream, the practical way to approach this is via property auctions. The good news is that they happen all over Dorset and the neighbouring counties weekly. Before you begin serious property scouting, it’s wise to attend at least one or two to get a feel for how it works. Just remember to keep your arm steady in case of an accidental bid on a mansion!
Another tip is to see if the auction house you visit provides sales packs. They typically allow prospective bidders to know the property’s features prior to the live auction. Similarly, some auctioneers host open-house viewings before the live event, so take advantage of this where it’s available. You’ll be able to see if it’s worth further exploration or it’s not suitable for your circumstances.
Airbnb and Second Homes –
To make sure we’re covering a variety of potential scenarios, we’ll also include people who won’t use Dorset as their primary location. Many people choose to buy a second property in Dorset, and it’s an investment in more ways than one. Plus, there is no better place to own somewhere outside of the bustle of city life where you can unwind after a busy week.
There are ways to enjoy this ideal setup of escaping to the country and making money when you don’t use the Dorset property for a period. Putting your second home on Airbnb is an excellent option to consider. The thought of being any form of landlord might send most of us screaming to the hills. Luckily, you don’t even need to do this, and there are plenty of property management specialists who’ll run things for you.
It’s possible to work with Woods Removals as well, and we have several self storage clients who keep furniture with us for holiday rentals. The beauty of this is that you’ll have an additional income, which will fit around your plans. You can install smart locks to remove the need to greet guests at a certain time. And Airbnb does a lot of work to help you become a host. This won’t suit everyone, but it’s worth noting in case it fits your situation.
Woods Removals – Number One for Removals in Dorset –
At Woods Removals, we are here to make your relocation as stress-free as possible. We’ll take you through our range of services from your first call to us to help you match your requirements exactly. It’s essential that we provide you with the removals or storage package so that we will talk through everything in detail. Even if you’re just looking for information about Dorset, we’re happy to help wherever we can.
Woods has been operating in Dorset for over one-hundred and forty years, and we move hundreds of people in and out of Dorset annually. Providing the best level of customer service is our number one goal, and we go above and beyond for our customers. That’s why we often have people return to us for new moves and other services.
If you’re thinking of moving to Dorset, it’s worth contacting as many companies as possible that you need to use. That way, you can use their local knowledge to ask any questions you may have. The Woods Removals team are proud to call Dorset our home, and we’re only a click away.