Our custom made mapping (where you choose the centrepoint of the map and we print it specially for you) has proved popular with people planning to move house. By picking the area you are interested in and having a map made of it, you can identify which local amenities there are, whether there are schools within walking distance and identify where other family members and friends are located.
According to research, which we carried out earlier in the year to help promote the launch of our custom made mapping, nearly half us choose our ideal home based on the proximity to our immediate family with nearly half of us saying that our “Ideal Home” includes having their family living within a 10km distance.
We looked at the factors which are considered most important when it comes to planning where to live to see how many of them could be identified on a map. Our findings suggested that the quality of local amenities was highly important when it comes to choosing where we put down our roots. Over 54% of us claim that it strongly influenced our decision, whilst other key areas that are considered highly important include transport links (44%) and the quality of the surrounding area.
Perhaps surprisingly, more people would prioritise being close to natural areas of beauty (39%) than proximity to their work (38%) when it comes to deciding where to live.
The study also revealed some surprising deviations between what mattered to the different sexes; tellingly, it seems that living close to the family doesn’t matter as much to men as women, with only 35% of men polled claiming it was important, compared to the 49% of women who put it near the top of their priorities. However, our research said that a bold 1 in 10 of us live within 10km of our mother in laws.
And unsurprisingly, while the quality of local pubs was marked crucial by over a fifth of the men polled, only 7% of women said it was of any importance to their decision.