Buying your first house will almost certainly be the biggest purchase you’ve made so far in your life. So we know you’ll want to do everything you can to get it right.
Here are some tips on what to check when you view a house for the first time and other matters to consider regarding the wider area.
Take time to do some research and preparation in advance of seeing a property and get a feel for the area it’s in. Here are some questions you should think about when looking into the property:
Adam Todd, mortgage and protection advisor at The Cumberland, stresses making sure the price you’re paying is realistic.
What has the property sold for in the past? If it was only bought a year ago and the value has doubled you should be asking why. What other developments are planned in the area? They could be converting the house over the way into a pub. That's something a solicitor will check as well.
Once you see the house itself - it pays to visit it on a number of occasions at different times of day - there are some key features you should check.
Firstly, Adam recommends making sure what you’re buying will be big enough for you in the future.
“A lot of first-time buyers will get excited when they're buying their first house and they think, this is absolutely great, there's only two of us. But in two or three years’ time there might be three or four of you in the house.
It's making sure the house is suited to your needs - especially if you've got plans to have children or build a business at home.
“You don't want to be paying all the fees associated with buying a house now and then having to pay them all again in two years' time when you're trying to move again because you’ve outgrown your first home.”
From there, check on the essential features of the property. If you are able to, take along an independent person who won’t be afraid to ask difficult questions of the seller or tell you hard truths.
Adams says it’s all about finding out if you are going to have to spend more money on the house once you’ve bought it.
If you are faced with potential repairs or renovations, get quotes from tradespeople for the work before you commit to buying. Any extra work you will need to do could impact on the offer you make if this is the right house for you.
Like to know more? Check out questions every first time buyer should ask or get in touch to speak to one of our expert advisors.