Top tips to ease the stress of buying a house
Buying a house is perhaps one of the most important purchases of a person’s lifetime, which can result in the buying process being somewhat of a stressful experience. With so many options to choose from and a fair sum of money in question, it can be easy to fall into a state of being overwhelmed or lost with where to start and what to look for.
But it doesn’t always have to be a daunting process. When you’re equipped with the right tools, resources and advice, the stress of buying a house can be reduced. In this blog, we share five of our tips for easing the stress of the buying process. Whether you’re eager to get your foot on the housing ladder, or already a homeowner and are looking to move, we’re sure our tips will help you buy your next home.
Plan your finances before you begin
Without having a clear budget before you begin hunting, you’re likely to face disappointment, as it’s easy to get lost in browsing dream properties outside of your budget – especially with the ease of online property search tools.
If you’re buying with a mortgage, you should find out exactly how much you’re able to borrow before you start your search. Doing so will help avoid wasting time on properties that are out of your reach, which may lead to frustration. Make sure to plan your budget and deposit beforehand to ease any uncertainties.
Focus on one area, and work around it
Spreading yourself too thin across multiple areas can make the buying process overwhelming, as it makes it difficult to know exactly what you’re looking for.
We recommend focusing on a single area – the one that’s most important to you and then working around it to find your perfect home. If you’re looking around multiple houses in different areas, you’ll likely find yourself with too much information to consider in weighing up which properties best for you. Stick to searching in one area instead, and then branch out when you need more options.
Get advice from trusted, local estate agents
Getting advice from (or even better – selling with) a trusted local estate agent is more likely to ease the stress of the process.
A well-established estate agent will know a local area like the back of their hand and can provide trustworthy advice and guidance as a result. They’ll also be able to help with market prices for houses in the local area, which are often different from the asking price. We recommend consulting a local estate agent before making any big decisions regarding property buying.
Consider scope for improvements or extensions
It may be a good idea to look for a property which has the potential for future improvements or an extension. Not only will this help you when you decide to upsize if you have any children later down the line (for example), but a property requiring improvements could be picked up at a lower price which means you can spend the rest of your budget making it your own.
A house with little to no scope for making changes can be extremely limiting and may mean you find yourself back in the house buying/selling process much sooner than you’d expected. Look for a property which allows for changes to be made down the line, should you wish to implement any.
Research schools and transport links
If you currently have or are anticipating children in the future, it’s certainly worth researching schools within the catchment area of a property you’re interested in. Competition can be fierce for properties that have access to good schools and can often raise the price of the home significantly. Take this into account if you’re looking at a property for the long term.
Transport links for commuting should also be considered, much like being close to a good school, being close to good transport networks can also raise the price of a property. It’s likely to be a case of weighing these factors up with your budget, but by taking the time to investigate the pros and cons, you’ll alleviate the stress of making an uninformed decision that you’re not 100% certain on.
We hope our tips will ease the house buying process for you!
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