Interiors & Gardens

5 Tips for Buying Your First Home

House with steps leading up to another door

Buying your first home can be a whole mixture of emotions, including excitement and apprehension. Get prepared with these tips.

5 Tips For Buying Your First Home

1: Be prepared to compromise

When you’re getting onto the first step of the property ladder, there’s always going to be things that you will need to compromise on. It’s all about prioritising the most important things you really don’t want to budge on and trying to be open minded about everything else.

Choosing a property with some drawbacks, such as no off-road parking or a house that needs refurbishing may receive less attention and fewer offers than houses that are ready to move into – this will make them much a much more affordable price.

2: Understand all of the costs involved

Don’t underestimate how much it will cost to buy your own home.

It’s such a good idea to carry out plenty of research before putting an offer in on a property. There will be solicitor’s fees, mover’s fees if you need help transporting all your possessions, insurance bills and so on. Then, when you own the house, there will be gas and electricity bills, council tax, water bills, the boiler will need fixing if it breaks, you might need walls and ceilings re-plastered and so on. The list just goes on and on, so make sure you’re prepared for all moving costs, renovating costs and ongoing bills.

3: Get organised before you move in

It takes so much time for paperwork to be dealt with, contracts to be exchanged and so on, that it can take what seems like forever to finally get the keys and be able to call a house your own. However, when the day arrives, being prepared is going to make moving day a lot less stressful.

Make a list of all the essentials you’ll need as soon as you get the keys, so you don’t forget anything, and buy a supply of them in advance.

Also, plan what food you’re going to eat for the first couple of days. It’s likely you’ll be super busy cleaning, unpacking and getting to grips with your new home to want to worry about cooking and buying food. You might want to think about arranging for a grocery delivery to be made pretty soon after you move in too, to make life easier.

4: Take your time

If there’s a lot of work that needs doing to your new home, it can be tempting to rush in and spend a lot of money trying to get it perfect ASAP.

It’s wise to take your time, especially if you’re planning to stay in your new home for a good few years. Paint the walls, of course that can easily be changed. However, think about upcycling existing furniture, cabinets etc while you wait to find exactly what your tastes are and how you plan for your home to look before rushing out to furnish your house with all brand new items.

5: Enjoy it!

Buying your first home is incredibly exciting and quite the accomplishment. Holding those keys in your hand for the first time and knowing that the house is yours is a wonderful feeling.

As with anything in life, going through the process of buying a house and running a household is a learning curve. Do your research, get organised, be prepared for all the costs involved and enjoy becoming a first time buyer.

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    19th October 2017 at 16:15

    Great tips!! There are a lot factors to consider when buying a house and I need to remember all these when we do, hopefully soon since we are getting married next year and we started looking for a place to buy! 🙂


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      23rd October 2017 at 18:29

      Thank you! Big congratulations for your upcoming wedding! And best of luck finding your new home x

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    Cora @ Tea Party Princess
    19th October 2017 at 16:49

    This is actually exactly the post I need right now!
    Fab tips 🙂
    Cora ❤

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      23rd October 2017 at 18:31

      Oh how fab – I really hope it helps lovely! x

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    Kirby Small
    20th October 2017 at 15:32

    Such great tips Jenny! Not going to be buying for a few years but always good to know these things beforehand! Xx

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    21st October 2017 at 15:54

    Fabulous tips Jenny! Your point about preparing ahead what to eat for the first couple of days after moving in sounds spot on -and the same could apply when travelling/on holiday as well!

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      23rd October 2017 at 20:26

      Thank you so much Gabrielle! Yes, totally applicable to travelling too 🙂 x

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    22nd October 2017 at 05:15

    Great tips! Not going to be buying for a few years but always good to start thinking about these things!

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      23rd October 2017 at 20:32

      Thank you! Yes definitely a good idea to be prepared 🙂 x

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    22nd October 2017 at 18:10

    This is such a helpful post. I’m in the process of buying a house and it’s going to be a fixer upper! We’re going to need to strip everything back and start again so at the moment we’re desperately trying to save as much money as possible 🙂

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      23rd October 2017 at 20:36

      I’m so glad you think it’s helpful 🙂 Best of luck with your house purchase! I love that you can make a fixer upper totally your own x

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    24th October 2017 at 19:47

    It’ll definitely be a fair few years before I step on to the housing market – I won’t have finished my PhD until I’m around 26! It doesn’t seem like it’s ever too early to start saving though, given the masses of expenses you’ve mentioned here, so it’s another good reason for me to keep putting cash into my savings account! Thank you for an immensely helpful post!

    Abbey ?

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      26th October 2017 at 18:34

      I totally agree with you Abbey – it’s never too early to start saving. Thanks so much lovely! x

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    28th February 2018 at 17:39

    This was a fantastic post! Thank you for sharing these tips. I’m a long way off from purchasing my home but I still love reading all about people who have already made it there. I just opened my Help To Buy account and can’t wait for the day that I can publish posts like this!
    Best Wishes
    – Amy x

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      2nd March 2018 at 11:18

      Thanks so much Amy! Best of luck with saving for your first house – the Help to Buy account is such a great way to save for it x

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