Before you begin your property search, it’s recommended that you sit down with your partner, friends or your family. If you’re buying with someone else, each decide realistically how long you’re both willing to spend commuting, so that you can agree on a search area. The difference between an hour each way, and an hour and a half each way, might seem small, but it’s a total of an hour extra, on a good day. If the weather is bad, there’s an accident, or the route gets congested, it could be significantly more. Plus, you’ll be paying more in travel costs, whether that’s petrol, diesel or train tickets.
If you’re going to be catching a train to work, will you be able to walk to the station, or will you need to drive there? If you’ll be driving to the station, how much will it cost you to park, or will you be able to park for free in a side street? These are things you need to consider before you start searching, so that you don’t fall in love with a property, only to discover that it’s not practical later on.
It’s worth noting that when you view a property’s profile, you should be provided with information about how far it is from the nearest train station. It’s worth trying the route yourself though, at least once or twice, to get an idea of what it would be like to commute from there. If you’re going to do so, make sure you do it at the same time you’re going to be travelling, such as peak times, not 2 o’clock in the afternoon, when there’s no traffic.