Nine essential tools for finding your next home

Millions of you have resumed plans to move home since the property market reopened in England.

Home-hunters have been busier than ever since restrictions were eased, and we’ve seen record numbers of you looking on our site and contacting estate agents.

So, what can you do, in the midst of this increased activity, to bolster your chances of finding the exact home you’re looking for as quickly as possible?

We have several tools you can use which will make your search smarter and more efficient. In case you haven’t spotted them yet, here’s a whistle-stop tour of our best online features.


Keyword Sort

Keyword Sort allows you to personalise your search, by prioritising the features you’re keen to find in your next home and putting them right at the top of your search results. This means you can easily search for homes with en-suitesconservatories or perhaps a downstairs w/c. Or maybe you’ve always fancied a castle with a cellaringlenook fireplace and swimming pool?

All these criteria and more can now be found using our new Keyword Sort tool.


Where can I live?

We’ve created a new tool to help you easily find the areas that match your budget and other preferences. All you need to do is sign in to your account and tell us the places you need to be near to, as well as your budget and property criteria. Discover your perfect location now


Draw a Search

Use our map tool to outline your preferred area. You can add in schools, parks, transportation links or even your local pub! Alongside your original specifications on price, number of bedrooms and so on, you can save this search, so we can tell you when a property that fits your needs comes onto the market.


Instant Alerts

Find it first with instant alerts! Sign up for a free account to save your Draw a Search areas, other searches by area, price and requirements, and we’ll send you an email alert as soon as a relevant property hits Rightmove.


School Checker

Find the right home near the right school. Rightmove’s School Checker, found on each property listing, shows you where attending pupils live and provides easy access to inspection report data for around 30,000 schools.


Sold Prices

Doing a little research about what homes in your current or new area have sold for? Have a look in this area to access information on homes which have previously been on the market.



Check out our variety of calculators on the website to help you plan for mortgages, property affordability, Help to Buy and buy to let. You can also see our mortgage repayment calculators on each property listing to help you get an idea of whether this home is affordable for you.


Valuation Tool

Thinking of selling your home? Enter your details into our property valuation tool and pick which local agents you’d like to get in touch with to help you plan your next steps.


Apps – search on the go

We don’t want to limit when you can be searching for your next home so download our any of our apps – iPhone, Android, iPad, Windows and Kindle now (click here) – to see what we offer on which platform.


What else do we do?

Did you know that we don’t just show you homes to buy and rent? We also advertise commercial propertiesstudent propertiesinvestment opportunities and overseas homes.

Let us help you find your happy in whichever way is easiest for you. Explore our variety of tools in just a few clicks!

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