Finding your perfect home
Where to start
Now is the time to start thinking about what you want from your first home. Do you want a house or a flat? What area would you like to live in? Do you want to be close to work or family? Think about what is important to you and what are the must haves and what are the nice to haves.
Watch Kim's video on tips to finding your first home, as well as the useful information below, which should help you on your journey.
My perfect home on paper
Make sure you have an idea of what it is you're looking for. You never know, you might be surprised. Use this checklist to help hone your search.
- Number of bedrooms
- Off-street parking
- Local school
- Distance from shops
- Distance from work
- Transport links
The hunt is on
This can be the most exciting stage. Taking a look around potential new homes. Now you've decided on the area that you'd like to live, register with local estate agents and start browsing their websites. Make sure you sign up for email alerts, so when the perfect property hits the market, you'll be the first to know about it.
See something you like? Great. Call up the agent and book a viewing. Sometimes you need to see a dozen houses before finding the one you call home. So it's ok if you don't find love at first sight.
Now make an offer they can't resist
You've found your perfect home. You've saved up the deposit and got an Agreement in Principle.
Remember, the sale price is what the seller hopes to get and not necessarily what they expect. You may be able to negotiate a lower price and as a first time buyer you could be in a strong position to negotiate. Know what you can afford and stick to it.