March 19

How To Buy Your First Home

Home Buyers

How To Buy Your First Home

How to buy your first home guide is a first time buyers guide to property purchasing and helpful need to know easy guide.

Being a home buyer buying a property,whether this be your first home or you are moving from an existing property does not have to extensive time, money or worry.

Hello New Home are experts in buying and selling properties, and so we have put together this home buyer's guide to help you have a smooth journey to finding, purchasing and moving into your new home.

How to buy your first home guide to buying a property

Decisions First 

Making the decision to buy a property for your next home should come with some careful consideration to help make your buying experience a good one.

The first thing to make sure is that buying a property suits your plans and finances and this can be done by completing a budget.

Once you know that you have the right budget plan, now is the time to get an idea of the particulars, such as locations, sizes of property, number of beds and price ranges of where you would like to search, but also knowing the time frames you are working towards moving.


The most vital step to planning is checking your finances, and there  are two sides to this...

1 - Making sure that you have enough income to buy a property, knowing that you can commit to a monthly mortgage as well as the running costs for your home and living expenses.
2 - Understanding the upfront costs that you will need to buy to buy a property such as legal and agency fees.

Costs & Fees

There are a few costs and fees that are associated with buying a property that should be taken into consideration when looking at buying a property, including the deposit, insurance and mortgage payments, stamp duty, land tax charges and solicitors fees.
Here is a great link for information to help you with this

Find A Mortgage Provider

There are many mortgage providers out there and many mortgage types that come with different interest rates for different people and requirements, but it is all about finding the right one for you and your requirements.

View here to see a list of mortgage comparisons to find the right one for you.

Once you have found the right mortgage lender, you can then begin the process of the application.

Begin Your Search

Now you have the laid the main foundations of property purchasing it is time to start looking at available properties and booking viewings. 

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We also have a property alert which will notify you when we have the right property that is your ideal match when it becomes becomes available. You can do that


Once you have found the property that you love, simply call the agent and make an appointment to go and view the property.

Viewings are normally 15 - 30 minutes. Have a really good look around the inside and outside of the property, ask the agent questions, and really get a good feel for the house, location and area.

A good thing to remember is to write down any specific questions that you would like to ask about the property before hand so that you remember to ask.

Making An Offer

Yey, you have found your next home, but now it is time to make the offer and to make it the best one so your offer is accepted.

You can do this by finding out how many other people are bidding on the house, what offers the seller would take and are they open to negotiations?

If the competition is low, you may decide to  go in for a low offer and wait for a response and adjust your offer from there. 

If your offer is accepted, then you can ask them to take the property off the market to avoid another buyer offering a higher bid, you may also pay the deposit to hold.

Appoint Your Solicitor

Now that you have made an offer, it is time to appoint a solicitor who will handle all of the legal processes, which is known as conveyancing - the legal process of passing ownership of a property from one person to another, including:

  • Drawing up contracts
  • Exchanging contracts with the sellers solicitor 
  • Dealing with the funds
  • Checking survey reports and local authority searches to ensure that there are no issues or problems with the property
  • Transfer of legal documents and property deeds into your name


To ensure that there is a smooth process to the sale of the property, it is vital that a home survey is completed.

This is known as. conveyancing survey, and is to check the value of the property and its condition.

A basic survey will be arranged through your mortgage lender, but if you would like a more extensive survey completed you can ask them or arrange for yourself at an additional cost. You can look here for a RICS surveyor.

A Chartered Surveyor is a qualified expert who will draw up the reports detailing any issues with the property and the costs.

There are 3 levels of surveys which include:

  • A Condition Report - this is the low cost option and will not include a valuation, but you will receive a basic report for each part of the building.
  • A Homebuyers Report - this is a more indepth report which will include a valuation of the property and any guidance on issues found, such ad subsidence or damp.
  • Full Structural Survey - this is the very in-depth report which will include the valuation, but also a full report of any potential defects and issues in the building and its condition, plus how much it will costs to fix these issues.

Exchange & Complete

Once all of the paperwork has been completed, your solicitor has completed all of their stuff and the mortgage is all received, it's time to breathe!

Now it is time to agree a completion date to exchange contracts with the sellers.

Once all the money has been exchanged and the contracts have been signed, the exchange date arrive and you will receive your keys and can begin moving into your new home.

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