Possibly the most important point for many parents is the distance from
their door to their kids’ school. A long walk each day will eat up a lot of
their time and can also put their health or safety at risk in some cases.
Figures from the 2014 National Travel Survey showed that 46% of schoolchildren between five and ten walked to school each day. The average walk for primary school students was 13 minutes, while in secondary this increased to 25 minutes. Remember that the UK Government publishes guidelines on when children can get free school transport. For example, under eights get this service if they live at least two miles away from their school. Students that are between eight and 16 qualify if the distance is a minimum of three miles.
Is It Good Value?
Every family wants to find a place to live in a safe neighbourhood.
Ideally, you will be able to comfortably afford the mortgage payments and still
have enough left over each month for any other bills that might crop up.
It can be exciting to move far from home, to somewhere you can make a fresh
start and find new friends. However, when you have a young family, it is also
worth considering the benefits of living close to your close family and
In an American study, 57% of people who were surveyed said that a 15 to
45-minute drive from their parents and in-laws is ideal. Yet, 38% of them said
that living within five minutes of their close relatives was too stressful.
Having someone close that you can rely upon gives you the chance to
look for help when you need it and also means you’re able to share the joy of
seeing your kids grow up. It is up to each family to work out exactly how close
is the right distance for them.
You can make a great choice of location for you and your family if you
consider these important points and anything else that really matters to you.