Community Spirit Boosts Hitchin

19th November 2020 posted in BUYERS TENANTS

With another lockdown period in place, it is likely many of us will be turning to our friends, family members and neighbours for support. 2020 hasn’t been a great year for most of us, but hopefully you have experienced some positive elements which have helped you make it through.

The sense of community spirit has been evident throughout the year, and it is something we will need to tap into once again.

One aspect which highlights the strength of community spirit in and around Hitchin is the prevalence of neighbourhood watch schemes.

Why you want to live in an area with many neighbourhood watch schemes

When it comes to feeling at home in an area, there is a great deal to be said for choosing an area which has a vibrant neighbourhood watch community. Not everyone wants to know everyone’s businesses, and in TV shows, there is always something unexpected taking place in these groups and communities.

Of course, this isn’t the case in the real world. Knowing that there is an active group of people looking out for unexpected matters, or suspicious activities, is also helpful for many people.

More importantly, it can save you money. A lot of insurance providers offer a discount to homeowners who live in an area where there is an active neighbourhood group. Compare the Market highlight many lenders offering a 5% discount to homeowners in a neighbourhood watch scheme.

Their website also points to a study, which states; “Research carried out in 2014 suggested 33% of insurance providers offer discounts to Neighbourhood Watch members.”

If you are the sort of person who looks to lower cost without compromising on the quality of your life, choosing a home in a neighbourhood watch area makes financial sense, as well as offering you comfort.

The Hertfordshire Constabulary website states more than 100,000 homes are involved in the neighbourhood watch scheme, and they provide guidance on how you can join with this sort of community group.

Reduced crime is better for an area

The level of crime in Hitchin and North Hertfordshire are lower than the average crime rates in Hertfordshire and the United Kingdom. When Hitchin was recognised by Rightmove as one of the happiest places to live, safety was a crucial component.

If you are looking to value your property, we offer a property valuation service. Whether you plan on selling your home soon or not, knowing the value of your property is a great comfort, and can help you make an informed decision as to what your next move should be.

With the stamp duty holiday deadline still scheduled for the end of March 2021, this is an opportune time to move. If you are contemplating moving home in line with the stamp duty holiday, it is best to move soon. We can help.

Currently, in line with Government guidelines, our Hitchin branch is open and our sales and lettings personnel are on hand to assist you.  To clients old and new, if you have any queries or need advice on property sales and lettings then please call 01462 452951 or email hitchin@country-properties.co.uk.