Home Buying Guide: 5 Tips to Buy a House in the UK
Looking to buy a home in the UK? This home buying guide will help you learn everything you need to know before you go property hunting. Keep reading below our five tips to learn more!
Buying a home is an exciting yet scary process. It can also be extremely overwhelming as you stress about finances, choosing the right property, and taking care of all the paperwork correctly. What’s more, purchasing a property is also probably the largest purchase you’ll make in your life. So, you likely also feel the pressure of making a good spend.
But all these worries are normal. Every first-time homebuyer experiences them.
To make your home buying process less scary and overwhelming, we’ve compiled a list with five tips on how to buy a house in the UK the right way. Keep reading below to find out more!
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Think about your needs and long-term plans
Before you make any step towards looking for a property or setting up a budget, you have a crucial first step to make: to identify your home needs and long-term plans.
You may not realize just how important it is to take a step back from the excitement that you’ll buy your own home, but it is vital to do so if you want to make the right choice that you won’t regret it just a couple of years.
So, consider all factors that may influence in a way or another your homeownership. Ask yourself the following questions before you move on to looking for properties:
- Am I planning to start a family of my own soon? (If yes, you need to consider that you may need a bigger property to suit a family’s needs)
- Am I planning to change my job or take on a college degree that may involve moving somewhere else? (If yes, you may want to postpone your decision and rent instead until the moment you move)
- Am I financially stable to afford to purchase a home? (If yes, it is the right time to buy a house. If not, and you’re already struggling financially, the wiser decision would be to postpone the purchase).
Your answers to all these questions will help you tell if:
- You are prepared to be a homeowner.
- You afford to buy a home.
- You won’t struggle later to rent or sell your property in case you move.
- You’ll purchase a property that will also match your needs in the long term.
Decide on a budget
Once you’ve reviewed all your needs and expectations from homeownership, and you’ve decided that purchasing a house is a good idea and you know exactly what you’re looking for, it’s time to think about money. First, know that the average house price across the UK is somewhere around £254,624.
Next, start by determining how much you want to spend on the property? This may also depend on how much you can afford to pay.
What’s more, when thinking about your budget, make sure that you also consider the additional costs that come with buying a property. Besides the property’s price, you’ll also have to pay for plenty of paperwork, redecoration work, reparations, new furniture, moving costs, and so on. Make sure that you also consider these costs when you decide how much you want and afford to spend during the entire home buying process.
Get your finances in place
Once you know just how much you want/ afford to spend on a property, it’s time to get all your finances in place.
If you’re like most ordinary people in the UK, you’ll likely need to get a mortgage to purchase a property. The latest data shows that 52.8% of families in the UK own their own home. What’s more, 28.2% own their properties outright, while 24.6% own a property with a mortgage.
So, if you’re a first-time homebuyer, you may be able to get a first-time buyer mortgage. A mortgage broker can help you identify the best financial option for you to get the funds you need to purchase your dream home.
Hire an expert real estate agent
Speaking of working with experts to help you throughout your homebuying journey, you should also look for good estate agents that can help you find your dream house.
Real estate agents are experts that can make the process so much smoother for you with all their knowledge in the field and skills. They know everything about every location in your area and the properties there that are for sale. They can also help you become more aware of your needs in terms of a home and advice you regarding whether or not a property can help you get those needs fulfilled. What’s more, they can also advise you on what paperwork you need, where to get it done right, and how to handle an offer for a property.
Working with a real estate agent will significantly simplify the whole home buying process for you.
Choose the right property
This one is a highly subjective matter because “right” can mean a lot of different things for a lot of different people. Yet, it is crucial to figure out what is right for you.
Choosing a property should be the result of several answered questions to determine whether or not you’re selecting the right one, including:
- Is the property big/ small enough to match my future plans?
- Is the property located in an area where I have access to all amenities I need?
- Is the property located in a good neighborhood?
- Is the property in good condition?
- Is the property precisely the way I want it, or will I have to make some adjustments?
- Will the property remain a good investment in the future if you decide to sell it?
- Is the property located in an area that is easy to access?
Answer these questions to yourself and decide whether or not the property is “the one” based on your answers.