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Monday, February 19, 2018

What Should You Look for When Buying Your First Home?

A home is not just a building where you happen to live. It is a place where a family lives together. Memories are made in homes, so it is important to make sure that you and your family are in a house that best suits you, while not costing too much money. When buying a first home, there are several important things to keep in mind.

There are many costs that are associated with purchasing a home. Having a budget and sticking to it is a crucial step. There are programs that can help you outline the costs that will be part of your purchase. These costs range from the solicitor’s fee and survey costs to insurance, setting up a mortgage, and decorating. These are all things that must be considered, on top of the cost of the house itself. The government has sponsored some programs to help people become property owners.

When it comes time to take out a mortgage, most prospective homeowners will have to have one. A mortgage is a loan that is taken out against a home to buy the home, paid back with interest. It is important to do plenty of research, as well as speak to an expert about the best options available to you.

While it is possible to take care of the legal aspects of your purchase on your own, hiring a conveyancer or a property solicitor is the norm. These experts will assist you in creating the contract and managing other legal aspects that you will encounter, like Stamp Duty and other connections with the Land Registry. You may be tempted to only reach out to conveyancers in your area, but there are many firms that work all over the United Kingdom. Conveyancing solicitors in Bristol offer assistance to those moving to and around Bristol but can offer guidance through their other offices all over the UK. Finding a good solicitor is important.

Structurally Sound?
It is important to consider the house itself before purchasing it. Not only should you visit the house, if you have concerns about any portion of the house, do not ignore it. It can be advantageous to have a surveyor come out and examine the property. They will check it for you and let you know if there is serious structural damage. An electrician can also examine the wiring. Faulty wiring can be very expensive to repair and can be dangerous to have in the home. Another thing to examine is the walls; check to make sure that there are no damp, mould, or leaks.

Repairing a leaky roof can be an expensive job. The fabric of the house is critical, but it is also important to consider the area around it. Is the area noisy? Are there shops nearby, or do you need to drive for every little thing? Can you easily access public transportation? These are all things that you will need to consider.

When looking to purchase a home for the first time, there are many things to consider, from the legal and financial aspects, to the house itself. Knowing what you need from your home, research, and assistance from experts can make this process less daunting.


  1. These are great tips Kim. Having a budget and sticking to it is so important but most of my friends that bought a house tell me that it is sometimes impossible to stick to it, there is always something extra you need to add. Happy Monday lovely xx


  2. We got so lucky with buying out first home but it took over a year of searching. Glad we're still living in it.

  3. Great tips kim! Buying a house takes a lot of time and can be stressful, so it’s important to know all these!

  4. Good tips Kim.
    I have purchased 5 homes in 15 years and each one is a surprise. Sometimes good, sometimes bad !
    ( OF course I don't own them all ;)!)

  5. Great tips Kim. We built our home 18 yrs ago and still love it although I'm starting to see things that need to be changed or updated. Happy friday.

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