Searching for your first home can be an overwhelming experience, but when it’s the biggest purchase of your life, you need to ensure that it’s right for you. There are so many things to consider, so to help you with one of the biggest decisions in your life, we have drawn up some helpful tips and guidance when finding your first home.
Start with an open mind
There is the danger of becoming too fixated on certain locations or certain properties. It’s important to be open when searching for your first home, ensuring that you’re considering all locations and types of houses. Often buyers become stressed because they have narrowed their search down too far too early.
Talk to your local estate agent
It’s worth booking in a conversation with your local estate agents as after all, they are the experts. They will be able to give you an idea of properties available in the area, upcoming areas to search in and whether your budget is realistic to where and what you’re looking for.
Check out the location before putting an offer in
You don’t want to commit to a house before even knowing what the location or neighbourhood is like. If you fail to do this, you could be stuck…for a long time! It’s a good idea to identify three to four neighbourhoods you’d like to live in based on commute time, schools, recreation, crime, and price.
Use property finding websites
With the world evolving, property search websites have become the most popular way in finding properties for sale and to rent. They are easy to use, open all hours, provide you accurate results and you don’t even have to move from the sofa! Some of the many include Rightmove, Zoopla and OnTheMarket.
Speak to a mortgage adviser
We can give you an idea of how much you will be paying monthly, taking various fees and rates into account. We will also be able to tell you whether your budget is enough to get you the property you want and what deal we believe is right in light of your needs.
YOUR HOME MAY BE REPOSSESSED IF YOU DO NOT KEEP UP REPAYMENTS ON YOUR MORTGAGE.
Approved by The Openwork Partnership on 17/03/2023.